CFA: The Carnegie/ACLS African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

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The Carnegie/ACLS 
African Humanities Program

Accepting Applications For the 2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition   

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites humanities scholars seeking funds for research and writing to apply for African Humanities Program (AHP) Postdoctoral Fellowships

AHP Fellowships strengthen the research capacity of early career researchers and faculty in the humanities at African universities. In addition to stipends, AHP Fellows are offered opportunities to network with African scholars on the continent and worldwide both virtually and at in-person events. AHP Fellowships are made possible through generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Application Deadline: December 3, 2021, 5pm GMT.


  • Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must be scholars who are within eight years of receiving the PhD degree.
  • Applicants must be nationals of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Proposed projects must be in the humanities and must employ qualitative approaches and methods. 
  • Applicants must propose a written scholarly product such as a book manuscript.

Stipends of $20,000 allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties for revising the dissertation for publication or for the first major research project after the PhD. Fellows are also eligible for additional benefits such as residential stays for writing, manuscript development workshops, and publication support.

The Carnegie/ACLS African Humanities Program is committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity as integral components of merit that enhance the scholarly enterprise. It is a priority of this program that cohorts of fellows be broadly inclusive of different backgrounds and cultures. For AHP, we seek balance regarding gender, country of origin, and current university affiliation, as well as in topics and disciplinary approaches. 
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Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.

Since 2008, the African Humanities Program (AHP) has worked to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. In partnership with Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has generously provided funding, AHP has offered African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks. The African Humanities Program has supported the Carnegie Corporation’s mission to develop and retain African academics at universities in Africa.