Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) Visiting Fellows Program 2019 (Fully-funded to Oxford)

Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) Visiting Fellows Program 2019 (Fully-funded to Oxford)

Deadline: January 25, 2019

The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) invites applications for the 2019 AfOx Visiting Fellows Program. The AfOx Visiting Fellows Program is designed to enhance academic mobility and network building. The program supports African scholars and researchers working in any discipline to spend periods of flexible time in Oxford, for example as sabbatical leave for utilising library or other university facilities or undertaking or planning collaborative research with Oxford based colleagues.

The fellowships will be undertaken for 4 to 8 weeks between July and September 2019. Under certain circumstances, start dates outside this time period may be considered.

The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) is a cross-university platform for academic and research collaborations between the University of Oxford and African researchers and institutions. The Initiative supports the work of universities and research institutions across Africa and facilitates the development of equitable and extensive collaborations between Oxford and African institutions


There are three fellowship schemes being offered for 2019.Please read full details about each fellowship below and select one to apply to.

  1. The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship
  2. The AfOx-TORCH Fellowship: The AfOx TORCH fellowships aim to connect world-leading researchers based in African institutions to Humanities scholars based at Oxford University. Applications are open to researchers with interdisciplinary projects from a broad range of research areas in the Humanities.
  3. The AfOx-Law Fellowship: The AfOx-Law fellowships target academics holding a full-time position in an African institution working on a topic within the broad range of research undertaken at the Faculty. This programme is intended for visiting scholars with a clearly defined research agenda, who wish to spend time in Oxford to make use of the Faculty’s research facilities. The fellowship is will be taken up in Michaelmas Term (October to November 2019)
  4. The AfOx-ASC Fellowship: The AfOx ASC fellowships will allow academics in the Social Sciences and Humanities from African universities and research institutes to spend time in Oxford for writing a journal article or book chapter with a measure of guidance by a member of the Centre. This is a writing fellowship that provides opportunities for Africa-based scholars to spend time away from teaching and other obligations with the benefit of using the vast resources available in Oxford University for research, writing, mentoring and/or collaboration with an Oxford-based scholar.


The Fellows appointed will be provided with an en-suite, single occupancy study bedroom with all meals provided in the host College. A temporary University card for and temporary membership to the college Senior Common Room will be granted for the period of residency. The fellowship will also include airfare, visa fee and a maintenance allowance for incidental expenses.

AfOx will send supporting documents for visa application to successful applications, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to make a timely visa application and ensure that they meet all other requirements. They will not support express visa applications. The visa fee and related expenses will be reimbursed.



  • Visiting Fellows must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be holding an appointment in an African academic or research institution at the time of application.


  • The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship
    • Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or research equivalent.
    • Legal resident of an African country holding an appointment in an African academic or research institution.
    • With an existing collaboration with Oxford or in contact with a potential collaborator at Oxford.
    • Open to all disciplines
  • The AfOx-TORCH Fellowship
    • Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
  • The AfOx-Law Fellowship
    • Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
    • The successful applicants will be matched with the suitable academic hosts at the Faculty.
  • The AfOx-ASC Fellowship
    • Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
    • Have published at least any two of the following: a book, book chapters or journal articles in internationally-reputable outlets.
    • Applicants are required to have two academic references detailing specific contributions of the applicant to particular fields of study, and how a writing fellowship will support career progression.
    • The application includes submitting a research proposal that clearly outlines the organising theme of the proposed work to be undertaken during the fellowship and how the period of the fellowship will lead to the completion of the specific (part of the) project.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed primarily on the quality and value added of the proposed research agenda, the fit between the applicant and the Oxford host, and the feasibility of the proposed activities in the timescale of the fellowship.


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For more information, visit AfOx Visiting Fellowship.