Apply for ACLS’s African Humanities Program!

Deadline: 2 November 2017

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York are seeking applications for its “African Humanities Program (AHP)” to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

AHP offers African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks. The African Humanities Program supports the Carnegie Corporation’s efforts to develop and retain African academics at universities in Africa.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, announces competitions for:

  • Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Early-career postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa


  • 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.

Award Information

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Dissertation applicants must be doctoral candidates in the final year of writing the dissertation. (No dissertation fellowships are available in South Africa.)
  • Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the PhD within the past eight years.
  • All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit African Humanities Program.

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