ACLS African Humanities Fellowships for Research and Writing For Sub Saharan Africans 2016

ACLS African Humanities Fellowships for Research and Writing For Sub Saharan Africans 2016

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, invites applications for Dissertation-completion fellowships and Early-career postdoctoral fellowships. All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

The Goals of the African Humanities Program is to encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new directions for research and to strengthen the capacity of early-career researchers and faculty at African universities

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose.

Course Level: Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing.

Eligible Study Subject

Proposed projects must be in the humanities, defined by the study of history, language, and culture, and by qualitative approaches in research. The list of humanities disciplines includes anthropology, archaeology, studies of the fine and performing arts, history, linguistics, literature studies, studies of religion, and philosophy. Projects in social sciences such as economics, sociology, or political science, as well as in law or international relations, are not eligible unless they are clearly humanistic in content and focus.

Worth of Award

  • Stipends are $12,000 for dissertation-completion Fellows and $19,000 for postdoctoral Fellows, plus an additional $1,000 per Fellow for books and media at both award levels.
  • Fellowships release recipients from teaching and other duties for an academic year to permit full-time research and writing. (They may be used to “buy time.”) Recipients of both kinds of fellowship are also eligible for further support in the form of a residency at a participating research center in Africa for a sustained period of writing.
  • Approximately forty fellowships will be awarded annually in all five countries combined.
  • Awards will be decided by an international committee of distinguished scholars in the humanities.
  • Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Early-career postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa

Eligibility

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

  • Dissertation applicants must be doctoral candidates in the final year of writing the dissertation. (No dissertation fellowships are available in South Africa.)
  • Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the Ph.D. within the past eight years.
  • All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

How to Apply

To sign up for the AHP mailing list, please send a request to ahp@acls.com

Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted by November 2, 2016.

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