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African Humanities Program

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Fellowship Details

  • Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing.
  • Applicants for Dissertation-Completion Fellowships should be in the final year of writing the dissertation at a university in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Dissertation-Completion Fellowships are not available in South Africa.
  • Applicants for Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships must be working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda and must have completed the PhD no more than eight years ago.
  • Projects must be in the humanities and must be carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. AHP fellowships may not be used for travel outside the continent.
  • Completed applications must be submitted by November 2, 2015.
  • Applications must be submitted by email to ahp@acls.org

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, 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 are invited to submit their manuscripts to the AHP Publications series, a collaboration with UNISA Press in Pretoria, South Africa. The rigorous development and peer-review process of AHP Publications is overseen by the two series co-editors, Kwesi Yankah, Central University College, Ghana, and Frederick Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa.

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

News and views of the AHP community are shared on a Facebook page.

For further details on eligibility, submission of applications, and selection criteria, see 2015-16 Competition Announcement (PDF). Instructions and Application material are now available.

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  • 2012 ASA/AHP Presidential Fellows Gbemisola Adeoti, Jemima Anderson, and Jean-Baptiste Sourou with AHP Director Andrzej Tymowski

  • 2012 ASA/AHP Presidential Fellows accept their awards at African Studies Association Annual Meeting

  • Austin Emielu (F’11), AHP Senior Adviser Fred Hendricks, and Komlan Agbedahin (F’12) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

  • 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Ibadan, Nigeria

  • AHP Senior Advisers Sandra Barnes, Fred Hendricks, and Kwesi Yankah with AHP Adviser Professor Bola Udegbe at 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Ibadan

  • AHP Director Andrzej Tymowski speaks at 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana, Legon

  • AHP Senior Adviser Kwesi Yankah speaks at 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana

  • 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana

  • Irene Odotei, director, of the International Institute for Advanced Studies, speaks at 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana

  • 2012 Launch Meeting at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

  • 2012 Launch Meeting at Makerere University

  • Stella Nyanzi (F’11) discusses her work with a mentor at 2012 Launch Meeting at Makerere University

  • AHP Director Andrzej Tymowski and AHP Adviser Professor Okello Ogwang at 2012 Launch Meeting at Makerere University

  • Dominica Dipio (F’09) comments at 2012 Launch Meeting at Makerere University

  • AHP Senior Adviser Adigun Agbaje comments at 2012 Launch Meeting at Makerere University

  • AHP Senior Adviser Bertram Mapunda and AHP Adviser Herbert Makoye at 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • AHP Senior Adviser Sandra Barnes and Wazi Apoh (F’11) at 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Dar es Salaam

  • 2012 Launch Meeting at University of Dar es Salaam

  • Edward Nanbigne (F'11) performs a Ghanaian folktale at International Library of African Music, March 2012

  • 2011 AHP Application Workshop at Fort Hare University, East London, South Africa

  • 2011 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana

  • 2011 Launch Meeting at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

  • 2011 Launch Meeting at University of Dar es Salaam

  • AHP Director Andrzej Tymowski and AHP Senior Adviser Bertram Mapunda at 2011 Launch Meeting at University of Dar es Salaam

  • 2011 Launch Meeting at University of Dar es Salaam

  • 2010 Launch Meeting at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

  • 2010 Launch Meeting at Ahmadu Bello University

  • 2010 Launch Meeting at Ahmadu Bello University

  • 2010 Launch Meeting at Ahmadu Bello University

  • 2008 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana, Legon

  • Group discussion at 2008 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana, Legon

  • AHP Adviser Akosua Adomako Ampofo at 2008 Launch Meeting at University of Ghana, Legon

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Related Links

Recommendations for Reinvigorating the Humanities in Africa (released December 2014) resulted from a June 2014 forum of leading African academics convened by the ACLS African Humanities Program at the University of South Africa. 

Introduction to the African Humanities Series, June 6, 2014 

Download the AHP Series Brochure

Andrzej Tymowski speaking as series editor at the launch of the AHP Series, June 6, 2014

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