The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes proposals for the African Fellow Awards from any of the social and natural sciences or allied disciplines that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards (formerly the Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholars) recognize emerging African scholars studying aspects of violence on or directly related to the African continent.
The Foundation supports research that investigates basic mechanisms in the production of violence, but primacy is given to proposals that make a compelling case for the relevance of potential findings for policies intended to reduce these ills. Likewise, historical research is considered to the extent that it is relevant to a current situation of violence. Examinations of the effects of violence are welcome only insofar as a strong case is made that these outcomes may serve, in turn, as causes of future violence.
The highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Priority is given to work that addresses urgent, present-day problems of violence— what produces it, how it operates, and what prevents or reduces it.
Areas of Interests
- The Foundation is interested in violence related to many subjects, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Family and intimate-partner relationships
- Climate instability and natural resource competition
- Racial, ethnic, and religious conflict
- Political extremism and nationalism
- Every two years, the Foundation selects a cohort of Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellows. Approximately a dozen emerging scholars are recognized for projects judged to be of high quality and closely relevant to the Foundation’s interest in violence.
- Fellowships are offered to individual scholars for a period of two years. The African Fellow Awards includes an in-person methods workshop on the African continent, fieldwork research grants of $10,000 each, mentoring from senior African and Africanist scholars, sponsorship at an international conference to present research findings, and editorial and publication assistance through a writing workshop geared to support and prepare scholars to write for and submit to international peer-reviewed journals and other outlets for their research.
- Applicants for the African Fellow Awards may be citizens of any country on the continent. They must be aged 40 or younger, currently enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. program at an African higher education institution, and living on the continent. Non Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to take part in the program.
For more information, visit Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.