African Humanities Program Fellowships for Africans in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

African Humanities Program

Course(s) Offered: Humanities, related fields
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, postdoc, fellowships)
Provider: ACLS / Carnegie Corporation of New York
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
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.

Through the activities of the African Humanities Program, the American Council of Learned Societies (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 AHP fellowship Program is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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

Fellowship Details:
  • 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 PhD no more than eight 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.
Eligible groups
Citizens and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa

Participating Institutions
Recognized institutions in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda. 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 past, meetings were held at universities in:
  • Ghana (University of Ghana-Legon), 
  • Nigeria (University of Ibadan, Bayero University Kano, and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria),
  • 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),
  • Tanzania (the University of Dar es Salaam), and
  • Uganda (Makerere University in Kampala).
Fields of study
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.

Sponsorship duration
Whole duration of program

Scholarship benefits
Stipends are $9,000 for dissertations and $16,000 for postdoctoral work. Fellowship awards to promising African scholars are the centerpiece of the African Humanities Program.

Fellowship stipends allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties for completion of the PhD dissertation, for revising the dissertation for publication, or for the first major research project after the PhD. Fellows are also eligible for additional benefits such as residential stays for writing, manuscript development workshops, and publication support.

Method of Application
ACLS encourages the submission of applications via email. Application forms and instructions are available on the ACLS website. Application must be submitted by email to

It is important to see 2017-18 Competition Announcement (PDF) and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on applying for the AHP fellowship program.

Completed applications must be submitted by the announced deadline date which is usually early November of each year. The next deadline date is 2nd November 2017.

Applicants will be notified of competition results in May 2018.

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose.

Application Deadline: 2 November 2017
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans as above)

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  1. I am happy to see that you enjoyed the workshops in Accra! There were also workshops at Ibadan, Nsukka, and Zaria!

    For more information about the fellowship program, please consult the ACLS AHP website at:

    The application for the 2010-2011 competition will be available for download from the website by 1 September, 2010. The deadline for applications is 1 December, 2010.

    Best wishes for your scholarship,

    Gretchen Pfeil

    Coordinator, African Humanities Program
    American Council of Learned Societies

    ahp @

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