Ife Summer Institute 2019

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Summer Program
May 30, 2019
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Date: July 21 – August 3, 2019

Ife Institute of Advanced Studies offers an international platform for nurturing a new generation of scholars. The summer institute is currently its main annual programme.

The goal of the summer residential programme is to facilitate and foster innovative research of young scholars in the academy, particularly those in the humanities and social sciences, by exposing them to relevant theoretical and methodical tools in their respective disciplines. The institute’s summer programme will be anchored by an impressive number of senior scholars from Africa and the global who will be engaging a wide range of themes and designed to deepen the understanding of research and teaching mission in the academy.

The facilitators will lead discussions on various conceptual, methodological and theoretical topics central to their various fields of interest, including tools of research in the field of humanities and social science, networking techniques and ethical principles of the profession. Each invited doctoral and post-doctoral fellow will be expected to work on a project in his or her current research and to develop new networks of scholarships which are critical for career success. In addition to attending lectures and workshops, fellows will also conduct group projects and participate in sponsored field trips to important sites. Throughout the programme, the participants will be required to demonstrate evidence of strong commitment to research and teaching and show ability to work effectively with visiting faculty. We envisage that the vision of the institute will sharpen the thinking of fellows and empower them to make innovative contributions to their respective fields in the humanities and social sciences.

ELIGIBILITY: Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars from anywhere in the world who are working in the humanities and the social sciences. All participants will show proof of commitment to attend all the sessions of the fellowship.

DEADLINE :The deadline for application is May 30th, 2019. REGISTRATION FEE The cost for application is 25,000.00 naira only.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE :All interested applicants are to submit a single application file comprising an abstract (maximum 500 words), outlining their research interest and a 2-page Curriculum vitae. All applications are to be sent as a single document to summerinstituteife.ng@gmail.com with the title “Ife Summer Institute 2019” as the subject of the mail. Note: Participants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the programme.

ACCOMMODATION: The summer institute will hold at the Regional Centre for Training of Aerospace Survey (RECTAS), located on the premises of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and the fellows will be housed at affordable guest houses located on campus at an extra cost to the participants. Applicants must commit to staying in the residence for the entire two-weeks duration of the institute in order to fully immerse themselves in the rigorous scholarly environment.

Testimonies of Past Fellows

“I can tell you, as a PhD student that has just finished coursework, that this is the same quality of work that I have been doing for the past two years at Boston. I truly pray that everybody here has truly taken this stuff to heart because it is so, so important. This year, we were three Kenyans. Last year, there was one Kenyan. And next year, there will be ten Kenyans, and after that, we pray that we will move the institute to Kenya.” -- Shose Otieno, 2018 Fellow, Boston University, USA.


“Ife summer Institute has been a wonderful experience for me. As a person just coming into academia, I was blank and did not know what to do. Within these two weeks, I now know what to do; I now have a focus, I now have a direction, I now have a mentor!” --Gabriel Asuquo, 2018 Fellow, University of Lagos, Nigeria.


“The IIAS summer institute helped me to develop my professional skills and reignite my motivation to become a top academic in my field…I think every emerging academic should have the opportunity to be trained and mentored as we were at the IIAS in Ile-Ife” --Samantha Lakin, 2017 Fellow, PhD candidate, Strasser Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clarks University, USA.


“I am a teacher in research method, but I have learnt so much from this experience… I was able to give back to my students in Kenya at the University of Nairobi”. --Dr. Nkatha Kabira, 2017 Fellow, Lecturer, School of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya


“The Ife Summer Institute programme effectively reactivated my passion for serious doctoral research”. --Ademola Adesola, 2017 Fellow, PhD candidate, University of Manitoba, Canada.



Jacob K. Olupona Harvard University, USA

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