Centre of African Studies Visiting Research Fellowship at University of Cambridge, UK 2018/2019

The Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK is offering Visiting Research Fellowship for candidates in Humanities and Social Sciences. 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.

The Centre of African Studies, with the generous assistance of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, is pleased to announce two 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 2018. The maximum duration of a Fellowship is six months and is non-renewable.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a substantial piece of written work as part of their application. 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.

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Each award is worth up to £17,000, out of which travel, college accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance will be paid by the Centre on behalf of the fellow. The Centre is not able to provide additional sums for the travel and living expenses of anyone accompanying the Fellow to Cambridge. The sum is not subject to tax in the UK.
Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
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    Guides for Applicants

    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 2017 and to arrange for your references to arrive at the Centre by the same date. The Centre is not able to consider applications that are not complete. 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,




    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

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    not later than 15th January, 2018

    Visit the fellowship webpage to download application package
    The Organisers

    The Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, Leventis Foundation


    15th January, 2018

    Further Information

    Contact the Director,

    University of Cambridge,

    Centre of African Studies,

    Alison Richard Building,

    7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT,




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