Call for Applications: The African Humanities Program is calling for new Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

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We are pleased to announce that the ACLS African Humanities Program is now accepting applications for 2019-20 postdoctoral fellowships. The deadline to apply for an AHP Postdoctoral Fellowship is November 20, 2019, 9pm GMT.

About the Program

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. In 2019, Carnegie Corporation announced a Centennial Grant to AHP for an extension of AHP activities. This grant will support two additional fellowship competitions (2019-2020 and 2020-2021) for postdoctoral fellowships only.


Goals of the African Humanities Program

  • To encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new directions for research.
  • To strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities.
  • To advance the humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication across Africa and with Africanists worldwide.


About the Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellowship stipends 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 2019-20 AHP application must be completed online through the ACLS application portal. For instructions, visit the program’s page. The program is open to humanities scholars in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The deadline for the 2019-20 competition is November 20, 2019, 9pm GMT.


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