Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship for Scholars from Sub-Saharan African countries in the Carnegie/ACLS African Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2020-2021

For scholars from Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa, the 2020/2021 ACLS Online Fellowship and Grant Administration (OFA) System for the African Humanities Program (AHP) postdoctoral competition is requesting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship.

Selected Scholars will be awarded funding to ease the associated burdens of academic work while in pursuit of their postdoctoral fellowship. 

Application Deadline: December 4, 2020. 


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For selected Scholars, the Fellowship will award stipends:

  • To aid 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. 


Applications for the postdoctoral fellowships are open to Scholars who are – 

  • Within eight years of receiving the PhD degree.
  • Citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries. 
  • Currently working at Universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The Program is committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity. 

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, as well as diversity in topics and disciplinary approaches.

  • Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Written products should aim to make significant contributions to humanistic knowledge.

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About the Carnegie/ACLS African Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The African Humanities Association launched the Carnegie/ACLS African Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new approaches to research. 

The scheme has already been the backbone for breakthrough initiatives of the African Humanities Program (AHP) such as the book publications of the African Humanities Series and the program of residential opportunities for research and writing.

The African Humanities Program aims to strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities. 

The program also seeks to promote the humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication throughout Africa and with Africanists worldwide. 

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. 

The AHP’s enduring legacy will be books published by the African Humanities Series.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications must be submitted no later than 9 pm GMT, December 4, 2020.

Residencies for the postdoctoral fellowships will be taken at locations outside fellows’ home countries. 

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

The African Humanities Program (AHP) has partnered with the African Studies Association in the United States to bring selected AHP Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting as ASA Presidential Fellows.

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