Peters Fellows Network

Erskine Peters

The Peters Fellows Network is an outgrowth of the Erskine A. Peters Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. The Peters program was established in 1999, honoring the life and academic achievements of one of the University's most distinguished and beloved professors, Erskine A. Peters (1948–1998). Peters taught English at the University and was legendary for his commitment to scholarship, community service, and graduate education in the College of Arts and Letters.

The Peters Fellowship, as it was commonly called, had two overall goals: 1) to enable outstanding African American doctoral candidates in the social sciences and humanities, at the ABD level, to devote their full energies to the completion of the dissertation and 2) to provide opportunities for African American scholars to experience life at the University of Notre Dame, a major Catholic research institution. It was with Professor Peters’ spirit of dedication to the academy that the fellowship was extended each year to deserving young scholars from 1999 through 2012. The fellowship assisted over 50 African American scholars in their research and teaching trajectories most of whom are still working in the academy today.  

To learn more about Erskine Peters watch this short video on the memory and legacy of Professor Peters or connect to Princeton University's collection of correspondence of Professor Peters' private correspondence collection.

The department strives to keep connections among former Perters Fellows active and up to date. Please let us know how you are doing. 

For more information on the Peters Fellows Network, please contact our department chair, Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes.