Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program for 2023-24

The Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program provides senior and junior scholars engaged in the study of Africa and the African diaspora with the opportunity to focus on a research project and participate in ongoing scholarly and intellectual activities during their stay at the Institute.

Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program
Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program

Africa Research Institute

The Africa Research Institute (ARI) is an independent not-for-profit think tank that was founded in February 2007. It is the only think tank in the UK that focuses exclusively on political, economic, and social issues in sub-Saharan Africa. [1] ARI seeks to inform domestic and international policy through publishing research and hosting interactive events. ARI’s mission is to highlight ideas or policies that have worked in Africa by highlighting and analyzing best practices in government, economics, and civil society. Wikipedia

Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program

The Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program provides senior and junior scholars engaged in the study of Africa and the African diaspora with the opportunity to focus on a research project and participate in ongoing scholarly and intellectual activities during their stay at the Institute.

The Africa Institute announces its official call for applications for its fellowship program, which includes a newly added one-year senior fellowship named in honor of the late Toni Morrison, a respected literary icon, novelist, theorist, and the first African-American woman to win. Nobel Prize in Literature, in addition to the existing Ali A. Mazrui Fellowship and two postdoctoral fellowships named in honor of scholar and art critic Okwui Enwezor and world-renowned Moroccan scholar Fatema Mernissi.

Applications for all four scholarships under Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program are now open for the 2023-2024 academic year.

1. The Toni Morrison Senior Fellowship

The Toni Morrison Senior Fellowship in Literature and Cultural Studies of the African Diaspora is proudly established by the African Institute in honor of the late Toni Morrison, a respected literary icon known as the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Toni Morrison (1931–2019) was a prolific writer whose contributions to world literature, the humanities, and the understanding of the African American experience extend beyond her novels to incisive texts in cultural studies and critical theory.

This is the second fellowship awarded through The Africa Institute’s Research Fellowship Program to welcome applications from senior scholars in African and African Diaspora literature and culture.

2. Ali A. Mazrui Senior Fellowship in Global African Studies

Named in honor of the late esteemed Professor Ali A. Mazrui—whose contributions to the field of African studies left a remarkable and transformative impact on the world—this fellowship is open to senior scholars whose work emphasizes the study of Africa and African diasporas and their intersections with the social and humanities sciences.

Eligible applicants include distinguished scholars at the associate professor or full professor level in their home institutions, or independent authors and public intellectuals who have earned critical acclaim for their writings in all areas related to African and African diaspora studies.

3. Okwui Enwezor Postdoctoral Fellowship in Visual Culture, Performance Studies, and Critical Humanities

Named in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, a renowned scholar, curator, and art critic whose contributions to the disciplines of art history, art criticism, and cultural studies have left a pioneering and dynamic impact, this fellowship is open to emerging scholars whose work focuses on visual and performance studies and intersections with the discourses of art history, performance studies, and critical humanities.

Eligible applicants must have earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) within the last five years prior to receiving the scholarship.

4. Fatema Mernissi Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social and Cultural Studies

This fellowship is named in honor of the world-renowned Moroccan scholar, the late Professor Fatema Mernissi, whose contributions to gender, feminism, socio-political change, and Islam were critical and transformative. The fellowship is open to emerging scholars in the social sciences with a particular emphasis on gender, feminism and cultural studies, and visual cultures as they intersect with Africa and the African diaspora.

Deadline

The deadline for the Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program application is Tuesday 20 December 2022 for all scholarships starting in September 2023.

Application and Eligibility Criteria

The candidates applying for Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program must fulfill the following criteria:

  • An applicant for a post-doctoral fellowship must hold a Ph.D. awarded over the past five years.
  • Senior Fellowships are open to scholars who are at the level of associate professor or full professor or their equivalents within or outside the academy.
  • Applications should include a CV and cover letter outlining the proposed research project and two published or unpublished writing samples.
  • The proposal must be submitted in English and emailed to:  [email protected] with the subject line stating “Name of the relevant fellowship” you are applying for; i.e.
    • Toni Morrison Senior Fellowship in Literature and Cultural Studies of the African Diaspora
    • Ali A. Mazrui Senior Fellowship in Global African Studies
    • Okwui Enwezor Postdoctoral Fellowship in Visual Culture, Performance Studies, and Critical Humanities
    • Fatema Mernissi Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social and Cultural Studies

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