MIASA Tandem Residential Fellowships 2023/2024 at the University of Ghana

MIASA Tandem Residential Fellowships 2023/2024 at the University of Ghana

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Applications are open for the Tandem Residential Fellowships 2023/2024 at the University of Ghana. The present call is for up to two (2) tandem residential fellowships for 3-6 months each for the academic year 2023/2024 (earliest starting date for fellowship: June 1, 2023; latest date for end of fellowship: July 31, 2024).

A tandem is composed of a team of two researchers – one who is based in an African country and one who is based in Germany – who apply together with a joint research topic, addressing MIASA’s overarching aims.

The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. Their main thematic corridors are conflict and sustainable peace, democracy and environmental transformation. They are also interested in a wide range of intersectional sub-topics, such as landownership and acquisition, migration and mobility, restitution of cultural objects, African cities, human rights and related themes. MIASA is committed to reduce global asymmetries in knowledge production, to promote female scholarship and to bridge cultural divides.


  • For fellows affiliated with a home institution the fellows’ salary or teaching substitution costs are met by MIASA for every full fellowship month on the principle of “no loss, no gain,” and paid directly to his/her home institution. In cases where this is not possible an individual grant based on the candidate’s salary at his/her home institution can be offered. Fellows may be eligible for a post adjustment to compensate for the difference in the cost of living based on a case-by-case justification.
  • Fellows without employment receive an individual monthly grant. For  fellows from outside Accra, MIASA provides accommodation (or an equivalent accommodation allowance of up to €1,500/month) and reimburses travel costs. In addition, a contribution to support research undertaken at MIASA can be granted to all MIASA fellows upon application to MIASA directors (max. €250 per fellow per month).
  • MIASA fellows who come with family members to Accra can receive a family allowance. Fellowships are funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research via the University of Freiburg/FRIAS.
  • The Institute provides its fellows with office space on the University of Ghana campus. Fellows have full access to all library services at the University of Ghana and, electronically, at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • For fellows from francophone and lusophone Africa MIASA can offer funding for courses in advanced academic English during the fellowship at the University of Ghana.
  • A full-time presence of fellows at MIASA for the entire fellowship period is required. Periods of leave need to be negotiated with the MIASA directors prior to the signing of the fellowship agreement, and must not exceed a total of more than 1/6 of the fellowship duration.


  • Open to scholars (both on junior and senior levels) who have been awarded their doctoral degree at least three months before the start of the fellowship.
  • Projects can be at conceptional stage, mid-term phase or final stage (analyzing data, writing up findings).


Applications will be accepted in English and French. The completed application form together with the information indicated below have to be uploaded on the application form.

After submission of the documents, applicants receive an acknowledgement of receipt providing contact details and including a copy of their submission. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applications must include the following information:

  • Front page with general information on the applicant (max. 2 pages):
    • Title, name (last, first), e-mail address, link to webpage.
    • Date of doctorate.
    • Current position/affiliation, institution and business address (name of institution/ city/ country).
    • Research field.
    • Title of joint tandem fellowship project.
    • Abstract of the joint tandem fellowship project (max. 150 words).
    • Dates for the joint tandem fellowship at MIASA for which you apply.
    • The two most important reasons why you apply for a residential fellowship at MIASA.
  • Project proposal (max. 5 pages):
    • Project title (max. 50 characters)
    • Abstract of the fellowship project (150 words)
    • Aims, theoretical framework and methodology of the project.
    • Work and time plan (note: the fellowship only offers a max. of 250€/month research costs for each of the two tandem fellows and requires being present at MIASA).
    • Innovative potential, originality and relevance of the project.
    • Added value of spending time at MIASA and the University of Ghana as well as of conducting a research project as a tandem team.
    • Bibliographical references (max. 1 page in addition to the 5 pages of the proposal).
  • CV in tabular form (max. 2 pages for each candidate).

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