Fellowship: ACLS African Humanities Program 2012-2013 Competition

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 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 November 1, 2012.
  • Applications must be submitted by email to ahp@acls.org.
  • Applicants will be notified of competition results in May 2013.

For further details on eligibility, submission of applications, and selection criteria, see 2012-13 Competition Announcement (PDF) as well as Instructions and Application materials at:


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 past three years of the program, meetings were held at universities in Ghana (University of Ghana-Legon), in Nigeria (University of Ibadan, Bayero University Kano, and Ahmadu 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.



Graduate Fellowship: Summer Intensive Language Fellowships (FLAS) Michigan State University

Summer 2013 FLAS Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, January 18, 2013

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are also available for summer intensive language study both for undergraduate and graduate students and for study both in domestic or international setting. To get information on what is entailed for a school, agency or institution that teaches African languages to be acceptable to the U.S. Department of Education requirements, send an e-mail to Dr. Fisseha. All summer FLAS fellowships, whether hosted by U.S. institutions or overseas ones must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI program.



  1. Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply for FLAS fellowship. However, undergraduate students can only be awarded FLAS fellowship if they will be studying their language at the Intermediate or advanced proficiency level during the fellowship period. This requirement does not apply to graduating undergraduate students (i.e., those students who, by the time their fellowship starts, will be enrolled in/admitted to graduate school and can show proof of it; they are considered graduate students for purposes of the fellowship).
  3. In order to be eligible for FLAS fellowship, students who apply must be willing to comply with the U.S. Department of Education requirements including to be part of a FLAS fellows group surveyed every other year for a period of eight years regarding their career tracks; therefore, FLAS fellows must inform the African Studies Center immediately whenever changes occur in their e-mail addresses.
  4. Applicants will be favored who (a) have clear promise of completing their academic program with concentration in African language and area studies, (b) plan to utilize their training for research in Africa, and (c) have excellent academic records as evidenced by course grades, recommendations, and other information. Please note also that evaluations or rankings for FLAS fellowships made by the department where applicants are or will be pursuing their undergraduate or graduate work will be taken into consideration when FLAS award are ultimately decided by a campus-wide committee.


Application Procedure

Visit the Application Requirements Webpage.


Application Deadline

Applications must meet the deadline specified above. By 5:00 PM of the deadline date, the on-line application form will be inaccessible either to modify an existing application or to start a new one. Thus, all application documents must be submitted by the end of that work day. Note specifically that the (on-line) completed application form must be submitted on-line; the signature page must also be completed online by the above deadline. In order to get the Signature Page, one must finish at least the first few pages of the on-line application form and can click the “submit” button found at the end of the application form (i.e., even before the on-line application form is completed); once the whole application form is completed, one should click the “submit” button again to end the application process and submit the document either before or by the deadline.

All the time preceding the deadline, tabular information of what documents required for the application have been received and which ones are still missing will be continually updated and shown at the top of the student’s application form every time the applicant opens the application form. Applicants should refer to this table often to see if all the required documents have been received by the African Studies Center.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center
100 International Center, (517) 353-1700
e-mail: flasasc@msu.edu

Fellowship: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholars-in-Residence Program

Monday, September 17, 2012
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of The New York Public Library’s four research centers,  is now accepting applications for its Scholars-in-Residence Program for the academic year of 2013–2014.

The fellowship program encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture, with an emphasis on African diaspora studies, biography, social history, and African-American culture. (For information about the Schomburg Center’s holdings, please see www.schomburgcenter.org<http://www.schomburgcenter.org/>.)

Requirements Fellows are required to be in full-time residence at the Schomburg Center during the award period.  They are expected to utilize the Center’s resources extensively,
participate in scheduled seminars, colloquia, and luncheons,  review and critique papers presented at these forums, and prepare a report on work accomplished during their residency. Persons seeking support for research leading to degrees are not eligible under this program. Candidates for advanced degrees must have received the degree or completed all requirements for it by the application deadline. Foreign nationals
are not eligible unless they will have resided in the United States for three years immediately preceding the award date.

Award Fellowships funded by the program allow recipients to spend six months in residence with access to resources at both the Schomburg Center and The New York Public Library. The fellowship stipend is $30,000 for six months. This program
is made possible in part through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Samuel I. Newhouse


Scholars-in-Residence Program
Telephone: 212-491-2228<tel:212-491-2228>
E-mail: sir@nypl.org<mailto:sir@nypl.org>



Graduate Research Fellowships: 2013-2014 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2013-2014 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 31, 2013

Boren Scholarship: February 13, 2013*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.
For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.
The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. To view the NAFA [SCHLRSHP] listserv archives or to unsubscribe from the listserv, click on (or type) http://listserv.uark.edu/archives/schlrshp.html.