Cambridge UK Centre of African Studies Visiting Research Fellowship for International Students

Visiting research fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Humanities, Social sciences
Course Level: Graduate (Post-doctoral fellowship)
Provider: The Centre of African Studies
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Centre of African Studies, with the generous assistance of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, is pleased to announce the Visiting Research Fellowships to be held at the University of Cambridge.

The aim of the Fellowships is to enable the fellows to focus on a period of research and writing in Cambridge. Applications are invited for Visiting Research Fellowships to take effect from October 2016.

The Visiting Research Fellowship is for candidates in Humanities and social sciences. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a substantial piece of written work as part of their application.

Applications are invited from candidates in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants are expected to have completed a doctoral degree before the Fellowship start date.

Preference will be given to candidates with a distinguished research profile commensurate with their academic rank. Early-to mid-career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Offers are normally made to applicants who are permanent residents in Africa.

It is expected that applicants would be intending to come to Cambridge to work on a project building on existing research for which a period of residence in Cambridge is demonstrably appropriate. They should present a clear and feasible plan for preparing one or more pieces of work for publication.
The initiation of a new research project will not be ruled out where there is a realistic expectation that it could be substantially advanced by the end of the tenure of the Fellowship.

The University follows an equal opportunities policy and does not discriminate according to race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
The Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

Fields of study
All the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences

Number of awards
Two (2) fellowships are being offered

Sponsorship duration
The maximum duration of a Fellowship is six months and is non-renewable. The Visiting Research Fellowships is for the period October 2016 – March 2017.

Scholarship benefits
Fellows will have access, by agreement, to the holdings of Faculty and Departmental libraries, to the library of the Centre of African Studies and to the University Library, which houses the extensive collection of materials relating to the history of the Commonwealth formerly housed in the Royal Commonwealth Society Library in London.

Each award is worth up to £14,000, out of which travel, college accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance will be paid by the Centre on behalf of the fellow. The sum is not subject to tax in the UK.

The Centre is not able to provide additional sums for the travel and living expenses of anyone accompanying the Fellow to Cambridge.

Method of Application
In order to apply for a Fellowship you will need to submit an application to the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, by 15 January 2016 and to arrange for your references to arrive at the Centre by the same date.

This application package contains the following:
  • a copy of the notice of award;
  • guidance on the information required in your curriculum vitae;
  • guidance on the type of project details required;
  • guidance for you to pass to your referees.
Your application must include the following:
  • your curriculum vitae including details of publications;
  • your project details;
  • a photocopy of your PhD certificate (if applicable);
  • a photocopy of your passport;
  • two references to be sent directly by your referees to the Director, University of Cambridge, Centre of African Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT, UK. E-mail:
Completed applications must be sent either by e-mail or in hard copy to:



University of Cambridge
Centre of African Studies
Alison Richard Building
7 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DT

It is important to visit fellowship webpage (link to it is below) for complete information, and also to download application package.

The application closing date is 15 January 2016

The University of Cambridge (abbreviated as Cantab; also known as Cambridge University) is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209, Cambridge is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. It grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople. The two ancient universities share many common features and are often jointly referred to as "Oxbridge".

Application Deadline: 15 January 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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