(Press Release) – The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to revitalize the humanities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda through fellowship competitions and meetings associated with them. The AHP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Fellowship awards to promising African scholars are the centerpiece of the African Humanities Program. Approximately 40 such fellowships will be awarded annually. An initiative to publish the best manuscripts produced under the terms of AHP fellowships is now being established. All fellows will be encouraged to submit their completed manuscripts to the African Humanities Series, which will be a cooperative venture between AHP and a major African university press.
The AHP organizes meetings in Africa in cooperation with host institutions to publicize the fellowship program and to discuss new trends in humanities research. In the first two years of the program (2008-2009 and 2009-2010), meetings were held at universities in Ghana (University of Ghana-Legon), in Nigeria (University of Ibadan, Bayero University Kano, and Amadu Bello University in Zaria), in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, the East London campus of Ft. Hare University, the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town in Cape Town), in Tanzania (the University of Dar es Salaam), and in Uganda (Makerere University in Kampala). At the meetings senior African scholars from a variety of disciplines advise on the fine-tuning of the fellowship programs and lead workshops in application preparation. Younger scholars learn about the AHP fellowship program, gain practical advice on the application process, and have the opportunity to discuss new directions in the humanities and standards of quality in humanities research. Through the activities of the African Humanities Program, ACLS promotes local and international cooperation among humanities scholars at all stages of career, with the aim of developing a self-sustaining. continent-wide network of African humanities scholars.
The African Humanities Program is inspired by a commitment to the humanities as a core component of higher education and research in Africa, essential to progress and development. The ACLS defines the humanities as the study of human cultures, languages, and histories through the use of qualitative approaches. Among the disciplines contributing to humanities scholarship are anthropology, archaeology, history, studies of the fine and performing arts, musicology, languages and linguistics, literature studies, religious studies, and philosophy.
Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing.
Applicants for Dissertation Completion Fellowships should be in the final year of writing the dissertation at a university in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, or Uganda. Dissertation-Completion Fellowships are not available in South Africa.
Applicants for Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships must be working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda and must have completed the Ph.D. no more than five years ago.
Projects must be in the humanities and must be carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. AHP fellowships may not be used for travel outside the continent.
Completed applications must be submitted by December 1, 2010. ACLS encourages the submission of applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; alternatively, applications may be mailed to the AHP/ACLS offices in New York.
Applicants will be notified of competition results in the spring of 2011.
For further details on eligibility, submission of applications, and selection criteria, see 2010-11 Competition Announcement (PDF)