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ACLS African Humanities Program Announces First Fellows

8/6/2009

The American Council of Learned Societies announces 35 fellowship awards to African scholars in the first year of its African Humanities Program (AHP), a multi-year initiative of annual, international competitions funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The year-long fellowships seek to revitalize African higher education and research by encouraging and enabling the completion of Ph.D. dissertations and supporting early-career postdoctoral research and writing.  Fellowships are available to humanities scholars in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda who propose to work in Africa.

Awards for the 2008-2009 competition were made through rigorous peer-review.  More than 20 senior scholars at African universities evaluated applications for disciplinary quality and substantive merit.  Following their initial evaluation, an international commission of African and American scholars met in New York to make final selection of fellowship recipients.

For a complete list of the 2009 awardees, with project information, see AHP Dissertation Fellows and AHP Postdoctoral Fellows.

The African Humanities Program was launched in July 2008.  In addition to awarding fellowships, AHP organizes public meetings in Africa for discussion of new intellectual directions and standards of quality in humanities scholarship.

The AHP is inspired by a commitment to the humanities as a core component of higher education in Africa, essential to progress and development. The ACLS defines the humanities as the investigation and interpretation of human cultures, languages, and histories through qualitative approaches in disciplines such as anthropology, history, literature, religion, philosophy, and studies of the fine and performing arts.

Please direct enquiries to the AHP Program Coordinator at ahp@acls.org.

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