ACLS African Humanities Program 2016-17

ACLS African Humanities Program 2016-17

Deadline: November 2, 2016

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the African Humanities Program (AHP).  The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has generously provided funding, AHP offers African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks.

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.

There are 2 categories of fellowships under the AHP:

  1. Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  2. Early-career Postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa

Eligibility Requirement


  • 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 PhD 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.


  • 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.

Fellowship Support

  • 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.
  • 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.

 Selection Criteria

  • The intrinsic interest and substantive merit of the work proposed
  • The clarity of the intellectual agenda
  • The feasibility of the work plan
  • The record of achievement of a postdoctoral scholar and the promise of a PhD candidate
  • The contribution the work is likely to make to scholarship on the continent and worldwide

How to Apply

Download application form here. Applications must be submitted by email to [email protected].

For more information visit ACLS Fellowships