Mentorship Program for Women Graduate Students in Nigeria

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May 7, 2019
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Graduate Studies

Mentorship Program for Women Graduate Students in Nigeria

With a generous funding from the British Academy, the Lagos Studies Association is pleased to announce its inaugural mentorship program for women graduate students (MA/MSc and PhD) in the humanities and social sciences based in Nigeria. The prospective mentees will receive five nights of hotel accommodation during the LSA pre-conference and conference holding at the University of Lagos between June 25 and 29, and free meals. They will have the opportunity to work with thirteen senior women scholars based in Nigeria, United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel (see below). Mentors will meet with their mentees during the conference and provide formative feedback on submitted thesis or manuscript that can be published in a journal. We plan two general interactive sessions with senior women scholars and their mentees. We anticipate that the professional relationship established with the mentees would continue after the conference. Mentees will receive the designation of “LSA Fellow” and a special recognition at the closing ceremony of the conference on June 29.


Application includes a 500-word motivation letter, indicating research interests and what the prospective mentee intends to achieve through the program, and a writing sample, which could be a chapter in a thesis or an ongoing journal manuscript. Each mentor will select two mentees (total of 26) for the inaugural edition of the program. Prospective mentees do not have to work on Lagos.


Application Deadline: May 7.


The LSA is grateful to the following scholars for agreeing to serve as mentors

Belinda Achibong (Economics/Barnard College, Columbia University)

Judith Byfield (History/Cornell University)

Louisa Egbunike (African Literature/City, University of London)

Abosede George (History/Barnard College, Columbia University)

Taibat Lawanson (Town and Regional Planning/University of Lagos)

Peju Layiwola (Art History/University of Lagos)

Lisa Lindsay (History/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (Political Science/Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Oyeronke Oyewumi (Sociology/Stony Brook University)

Lynn Schler (History/Ben Gurion University)

Ola Uduku (Architecture/Manchester School of Architecture)

Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo (Business Administration/University of Lagos)

Yetunde Zaid (Library Studies/University of Lagos)


If you have any questions about this program, send an email to


Submit your application here:

Contact Info: 

Saheed Aderinto, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University