the local ethnography and archiving fellowship (leaf) at the university of rochester is selecting its third and final cohort of fellows! applications due march 31, 2023.

click here to apply for the 2023-2024 cycle.

in partnership with flower city noire collective, leaf is a year-long program of qualitative research training and practice, led by professor kathryn mariner (anthropology), for a local community-engaged research project examining the intersection of race, place, and kinship in rochester, new york.

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upcoming information sessions: march 1 at 6pm on zoom (register here) and march 14 at 6pm at noire house (383 west ave in rochester)

important: if selected, fellows must register for one four-credit course in fall 2023 and one two-credit course in spring 2024 (see course description below), and participate in an eight-week full-time research experience in summer 2024. this summer research experience includes on-campus housing and a $5000 stipend. a cohort of three to four fellows will be selected each spring.

anth 261/2 leaf seminar: this is a required community-engaged research preparation course for the local ethnography and archiving fellowship. this course will provide an introduction to community engagement and ethnographic research ethics tailored to a local interdisciplinary project on race, space, and kinship. curriculum will be rooted in community-based participatory research (cbpr), black emancipatory action research (bear), intersectional feminism, public history, Black geographies, and creative forms of research dissemination. students will learn relevant local rochester history and geography, and read interdisciplinary texts exploring concepts of racialized space, alternative kinship, experimental methods, and archival justice. this class is only open to students in the local ethnography and archiving fellowship (leaf).


to apply, students must be:

  • rising second- or third-year undergraduate students (current first- or second-years) at the university of rochester


  • alumni of rcsd or other local area schools (monroe county, western new york), or have some other pre-college local connection to the surrounding area (please explain in the application–we currently have leaf fellows from rochester, hilton, buffalo, syracuse, and nyc!)
  • women, members of the lgbtq+ community, and students from groups underrepresented in stem (science, technology, engineering, and math) are especially encouraged to apply

to apply:

  • fill out an application form
  • submit a college transcript and resume/cv with contact information (email and phone) for two references to fertileground@rochester.edu. please put “leaf application” in the subject line
  • all application materials due by 11:59pm (eastern) march 31, 2023

for more information:

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the local ethnography and archiving fellowship is supported by generous funding from the national science foundation (bcs-2044221).