African Humanities Fellowship Program: Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships
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Deadline: Dec 4, 2020
Grant amount: Unspecified amount
Fields of work: Art & Culture History Anthropology & Cultural Studies Linguistics Archaeology Writing & Literature Philosophy Religion & Spirituality Show all
Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher
Funding uses: Fellowship
Location of project: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The; Côte D'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe Show all
Location of residency: Ghana; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Location of citizenship: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The; Côte D'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe Show all
Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 8 years of receiving their PhDView website Save
About this funder:
African Humanities Program
We invite applications for postdoctoral fellowships from scholars who are within eight years of receiving the PhD degree, who are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, and who are currently working at universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
This call for applications (2020-21) announces the twelfth annual AHP competition, all of which have been generously supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. No further competitions are planned, though other AHP initiatives such as Manuscript Development Workshops, residential opportunities, and support for publications will continue through 2022.
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, cultures, and any aspects that make one unique. We seek balance regarding gender, country of origin, and current university affiliation, as well as in topics and disciplinary approaches.
In the preceding AHP competitions (2009-20), more than 400 early career Fellows received research support and more than 100 senior scholars served as peer reviewers and mentors. In future, the tremendous momentum generated by AHP will continue to build a vibrant humanities community on the continent through the African Humanities Association (AHA!). Founded by AHP Fellows, peer reviewers, and mentors, AHA! has taken sturdy steps toward institutionalization through the efforts of the Interim Steering Committee. A constitution for AHA! was adopted at the AHP Regional Assembly in Abuja, in February 2020.
The African Humanities Association has already assumed responsibility for breakthrough initiatives of the AHP such as the book publications of the African Humanities Series and the program of residential opportunities for research and writing.
Goals of the African Humanities Program
- To encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new approaches to research.
- To strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities.
- To advance the humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication throughout Africa and with Africanists worldwide.
Fellowship stipends free recipients from teaching and other duties for a full academic year to concentrate on scholarly work -- for revising the dissertation for publication or for a new major research project. Written products should aim to make significant contributions to humanistic knowledge.
Fellow are encouraged to take advantage of residential stays at African institutes for advanced study, as well as Manuscript Development Workshops, so that finished products may be submitted to the African Humanities Series.
Each fellow may request a residential stay at an African institute affiliated with AHP. Residencies have proved extremely productive, granting fellows time and space to concentrate on writing. Because residencies must be taken at a location outside the home country, they foster international communication. Currently AHP Fellows may take residencies at one of seven institutes from South Africa to Senegal, Ghana to Tanzania.
Fellows who have completed their fellowship tenures may apply to attend a Manuscript-Development Workshop to discuss manuscripts with AHP mentors and other fellows in a weeklong, intensive retreat. Authors who attend workshops are encouraged to submit their manuscripts to the AHP Humanities Series. The Series offers developmental editing and rigorous peer review. The Series Editors are Fred Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa and Adigun Agbaje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The works produced by AHP fellows will speak to succeeding generations of humanist scholars, to leading figures in culture and politics, and to the broad interested public. Books published by the African Humanities Series will stand as the AHP's enduring legacy.
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You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the PhD within the past eight years.
- Applicants for Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships must be working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
- Eligible projects:
- Projects must be carried out in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Proposed projects must be in the humanities, defined by the study of history, language, and culture, and by qualitative approaches in research. The list of humanities disciplines includes anthropology, archaeology, studies of the fine and performing arts, history, linguistics, literature studies, studies of religion, and philosophy.
- Women are especially encouraged to apply.
- AHP fellowships may not be used for travel outside the African continent.
- Travel outside the African continent during the fellowship period is not permitted.
- Projects in social sciences such as economics, sociology, or political science, as well as in law or international relations, are not eligible unless they are clearly humanistic in content and focus.
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