African Humanities Program

Two new competitions for postdoctoral fellowships (2019-20 and 2020-21)

During 10 annual fellowship competitions (2008-18), ACLS efforts have stimulated the growth of a robust humanities community in Africa.  More than 400 scholars early in their careers received research support and more than 100 senior scholars at African universities served as peer reviewers and advisers.  

In 2019 Carnegie Corporation announced a grant commemorating the ACLS Centennial for an extension of AHP activities. This grant will support two new fellowship competitions (2019-20 and 2020-21).  The new competitions will be for postdoctoral fellowships only.

The deadline for this program has passed. The description below is for information purposes only. Awardees in the 2019-20 competition will be announced in the spring.

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.

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.

Each fellow may request a residential stay at an African institute for advanced study. Residencies have proved to be extremely popular and productive, granting fellows time and space to concentrate on writing. Because residencies must be taken at an institute outside the home country, they foster international communication. Currently AHP Fellows may take residencies at six 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 their manuscripts with AHP mentors and other fellows in a weeklong, intensive retreat. Many authors use these discussions to guide their final revisions before submitting manuscripts for publication.

AHP invites fellows to submit their manuscripts to the AHP Series. The rigorous processes of peer-review and developmental editing of AHP publications is overseen by the Series Editors, Fred Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa and Adigun Agbaje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

AHP also partners with the African Studies Association every year to bring selected AHP Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting as ASA Presidential Fellows.

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