The fellowship for 2024-2025 has been filled. Please check back in fall 2024.

Trinity College invites applications for a one-year pre- or post-doctoral fellowship to promote diversity at our nationally recognized liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ann Plato Fellows will join the faculty in one of over 30 academic departments or interdisciplinary programs, interact regularly with colleagues and students on campus, and work on their own research. Pre-doctoral fellows will teach one course during the year; post-doctoral fellows will teach two courses.   Trinity hires one fellow each year.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will contribute to enhancing diversity at Trinity College by increasing ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and/or increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of students.

Pre-doctoral applicants must demonstrate that they will complete all terminal degree requirements (except the dissertation) before beginning the fellowship year. Post-doctoral (or post-MFA) applicants should have no more than five years of teaching or relevant experience subsequent to earning their doctorate.
Date of fellowship:

September 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025.


$50,000 (pre-doctoral) or $55,000 (post-doctoral), plus health benefits, office space, computer, conference travel expenses, and assistance in finding housing near campus.

Review of applications begins November 15th, and will continue until the position is filled.

How to apply:
  • Read more about Trinity College on our website, including links to over thirty areas of study and special curricular programs.
  • Reach out to and share your credentials with the chair or director of the department or program that would be the best fit for you, to determine his or her interest in nominating a fellow for next year.
  • Submit your on-line application.  Note that there are two different application sites, one for pre-doctoral fellows (“Dissertation Fellowship”) and one for post-doctoral fellows.

Trinity College is a member of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges, which processes all applications for the Ann Plato Fellowship via Interfolio.  By submitting your dossier to Interfolio, you also may be contacted by other liberal arts colleges about additional fellowship opportunities.

For other questions, contact the Special Assistant to the Dean of Faculty via email [email protected] or phone (860-297-2152).

More about Ann Plato:

The fellowship is named for Ann Plato, a 19th-century author and teacher of African American and Native American descent, who lived and wrote in Hartford. She was the second woman of color in the United States to publish a book, and the first to publish a book of essays and poems, titled Essays: Including Biographies and Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose and Poetry (1841).

Trinity College seeks a faculty that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.