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African Humanities Fellowship Program: Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies

Grant amount: US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 2, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi Expand all

Location of residency: Ghana; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda

Location of citizenship: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi Expand all

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 8 years of receiving their PhD

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

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 build the field of humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication across Africa and with Africanists worldwide

Fellowship stipends allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties 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.

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.