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African Humanities Fellowship Program: Dissertation Completion Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies

Grant amount: US $13,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 2, 2018

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

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

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

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

Degree requirements: Applicants must be on the last year of 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 for completion of the PhD dissertation, for revising the dissertation for publication. Fellows are also eligible for additional benefits such as residential stays for writing, manuscript development workshops, and publication support. Funding is available for dissertation completion.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants for Dissertation-Completion Fellowships should be in the final year of writing the dissertation at a university in Ghana, Nigeria, 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.


  • Dissertation-Completion Fellowships are not available in South Africa.
  • 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.