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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, announces competitions for Dissertation-completion fellowships and Early-Career Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Application Deadline: 20th November, 2019

To be taken at (country): African Universities

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About Fellowship: During 10 annual fellowship competitions (2008-18), ACLS efforts have stimulated the growth of a robust humanities community in Africa.  More than 400 scholars early in their careers received research support and more than 100 senior scholars at African universities served as peer reviewers and advisers.

In 2019 Carnegie Corporation announced a grant commemorating the ACLS Centennial for an extension of AHP activities. This grant will support two new fellowship competitions (2019-20 and 2020-21).  The new competitions will be for postdoctoral fellowships only.

These will be the last competitions of the ten-year program supported by Carnegie Corporation. Apply now!

Type: Fellowship, Postdoctoral

Selection Criteria

The intrinsic interest and substantive merit of the work proposedThe clarity of the intellectual agendaThe feasibility of the work planThe record of achievement of a postdoctoral scholar and the promise of a PhD candidateThe contribution the work is likely to make to scholarship on the continent and worldwide

The African Humanities Program seeks to strengthen humanities scholarship in Africa

By promoting diversity in terms of gender and historical disadvantage, along with diversity in disciplines, institutions, and regions. Women are especially encouraged to apply.By making research opportunities available to staff at African universities.


Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.Dissertation-Completion Fellowships are not available in South Africa.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.

Number of Scholarships: not specified

Value of Fellowship:

Fellowship stipends allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties 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.

How to Apply: The online application system is now open! To start your online application please click here.

Visit Fellowship webpage for details

Sponsors: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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