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ACLS News

Carnegie Corporation of New York Renews Funding for African Humanities Program

3/22/2012

ACLS was gratified to learn that at its board of trustees meeting on March 1, 2012, the Carnegie Corporation of New York approved a grant of $5.45 million in continued support of the African Humanities Program (AHP).  The program, begun in 2008, seeks to revitalize the humanities in five African countries: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda through fellowship competitions, support for publications, regional workshops, and peer networking.  It is inspired by a commitment to the humanities as a core component of higher education and research in Africa, essential to progress and development.

The centerpiece of the AHP is the distribution of fellowships to promising African scholars through two peer-reviewed competitions. One competition promotes the completion of Ph.D. dissertations in the humanities by providing a stipend to support the final year of writing. The second competition supports ongoing research and publication by early-career scholars in the humanities by providing one-year leaves from teaching in the form of a postdoctoral fellowship. Recipients of both kinds of fellowship are also eligible for residential awards to support a sustained period of writing as visiting scholars at centers for advanced study in Africa. The AHP is also launching a landmark series of books in the African humanities to galvanize teaching and research on the continent and to communicate the best in new research to the global scholarly community.

Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of international programs at ACLS, says, “The announcement of the new grant to ACLS for the African Humanities Program is excellent news for African scholars, because it will fund four more annual fellowship competitions and support publication of the best manuscripts that result.”

See:  
AHP Dissertation Fellows
AHP Postdoctoral Fellows
 

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