ACLS African Humanities Program 2017-2018 (Stipends Available)

ACLS African Humanities Program 2017-2018 (Stipends Available)

Deadline: November 2, 2017

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 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.

The goal of the African Humanities Program are:

  • To encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new directions for research;
  • To strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities;
  • To build the field of humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication across Africa and with Africanists worldwide.


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


  • 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.


  • Applicants
    • Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda;
    • Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing;
    • Applicants for Dissertation-Completion Fellowships should be in the final year of writing the dissertation at a university in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, or Uganda;
    • Dissertation-Completion Fellowships are not available in South Africa;
    • Applicants for Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships must be working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda and must have completed the PhD no more than eight years ago;
    • 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.
  • Projects
    • 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.

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.

Application Process

Application forms and instructions for the 2017-2018 competition are available here or may be requested by email at [email protected] Completed applications must be submitted by November 2, 2017.

For more information, visit ACLS African Humanities Program.