African Humanities Program

This competition is not offered in 2018-19. The details below are for informational purposes only.

We are preparing a proposal, which, if successful, will support fellowship competitions and other activities beginning in 2019-20. Please watch this space for news about the next phase of the AHP.

Over the past 10 years, the African Humanities Porgram (AHP) offered African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks. Generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York for ten years, AHP supported Carnegie'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. The rigorous development and peer-review process of AHP Publications is overseen by the Series Editors, Fred Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa and Adigun Agbaje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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 selected AHP Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting as ASA Presidential Fellows.

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