Deadline: December 4, 2020

Applications are open for the Carnegie/ACLS African Humanities Program 2020-2021. The fellowship invites scholars who are within eight years of receiving the PhD degree, who are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, and who are currently working at universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

The goals of the fellowship are

  • To encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new approaches to research.
  • To strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities.
  • To advance the humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication throughout Africa and with Africanists worldwide.

Fellowship Details

Fellowship stipends free recipients from teaching and other duties for a full academic year to concentrate on scholarly work — for revising the dissertation for publication or for a new major research project. Written products should aim to make significant contributions to humanistic knowledge.

Fellow are encouraged to take advantage of residential stays at African institutes for advanced study, as well as Manuscript Development Workshops, so that finished products may be submitted to the African Humanities Series.

Each fellow may request a residential stay at an African institute affiliated with AHP. Residencies have proved extremely productive, granting fellows time and space to concentrate on writing. Because residencies must be taken at a location outside the home country, they foster international communication. Currently AHP Fellows may take residencies at one of seven institutes from South Africa to Senegal, Ghana to Tanzania.

Fellows who have completed their fellowship tenures may apply to attend a Manuscript-Development Workshop to discuss manuscripts with AHP mentors and other fellows in a weeklong, intensive retreat. Authors who attend workshops are encouraged to submit their manuscripts to the AHP Humanities Series. The Series offers developmental editing and rigorous peer review. The Series Editors are Fred Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa and Adigun Agbaje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The works produced by AHP fellows will speak to succeeding generations of humanist scholars, to leading figures in culture and politics, and to the broad interested public. Books published by the African Humanities Series will stand as the AHP’s enduring legacy.


  • Open to citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, and who are currently working at universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Scholars should be within eight years of receiving their PhD degree;
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply. 


The ACLS Online Fellowship and Grant Administration (OFA) System for the African Humanities Program (AHP) 2020-21 postdoctoral competition is now open for applications. Apply by December 4, 2020.

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For more information, visit American Council of Learned Societies.

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