Call for Application: Academy for African Urban Diversity 2017

Call for Application: Academy for African Urban Diversity 2017

Deadline: May 14, 2017

Academy for African Urban Diversity will bring together a cohort of 8-10 post-field work doctoral students exploring diversity in African cities to refine their research focus, promote professional development, and build trans-national scholarly communities. Half of each cohort will be reserved for scholars enrolled in doctoral programs at African Universities, while the other half is open to scholars of urban Africa based elsewhere. Each cohort will meet in two intensive workshops.

The first week long workshop, to be held at the University of Witwatersrand from November 6-10, 2017, combines advanced seminars on theories of the urban, migration, and diversity by leaders in the field; peer worshiping of dissertation plans; professional development; and international networking. In the second workshop, held in Göttingen, Germany, one year on, fellows convene to present their work and organize a seminar for the incoming cohort of fellows to kick off the next round.

The Academy for African Urban Diversity is a joint project of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand, the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town, and the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.


  • The AAUD provides all travel related costs for those selected to attend.


  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program.
  • Must have completed an extended period of empirical research not more than 12 months before the academy begins and is expected to submit a completed dissertation within 12 to 18 months of the first Academy date.
  • Ability to converse and write in English, the academy language
  • Must be willing and able to travel to South Africa and Germany on the academy dates

Application Process

To apply, please click here. Please prepare the following materials for the application:

  • CV
  • Letter of interest (outlining stage of completion and what you hope to contribute to and gain from the academy)
  • Summary of dissertation project (6-800 word)
  • Bibliography of 10-20 relevant texts
  • Contact information for two professional referees who will be asked to submit letters addressing your project, and how your work would benefit from the academy.

For any inquiries, please email to [email protected]

Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2017. Late applications will not be reviewed. Please upload all supporting documents as a single PDF file.

For more information, visit Academy for African Urban Diversity.