Resources for AHP Fellows and Advisers

In order to provide a forum for useful information and a supplement to the discussions on the AHP Facebook page, this page carries news and opportunities for Fellows and Advisers:

Manuscript Development Workshops (for AHP Fellows ONLY)

Call for Applications—for AHP Fellows ONLY

AHP Manuscript Development Workshop—for book manuscripts
May 21-25, 2019 (tentative dates, pending final confirmation)
Johannesburg, South Africa

February 11: Preliminary commitment to apply: tentative book title
February 21: Full application package due (table of contents and two chapters)

All AHP postdoctoral Fellows and AHP dissertation Fellows who have defended their dissertations, and who have not yet attended an AHP Manuscript Development Workshop (Current Fellows [2018-19] are not eligible.)

Deadline: February 21, 2019

The twelfth AHP Manuscript Development Workshop will take place iJohannesburg in May 2019. The five-day program will include group seminars and individual consulta-tions. Eight Fellows and four AHP mentors will analyze and constructively critique book chapters submitted by the Fellows to help them prepare their book manuscripts for publication.

Applications for the workshop must be submitted by February 21, 2019. They should contain:

  • The working title of the book manuscript
  • An annotated table of contents of the book, with 100- to 200-word chapter summaries beneath each chapter heading
  • The full text of the manuscript’s introductory chapter that lays out the subject matter and approach taken
  • The full text of a substantive chapter, selected for discussion at the workshop

The chapters can be drafts—they do not need to be in final, polished form—but they should contain all essential elements. The book manuscript, as a whole, must be close to ready for submission to a publisher.

Applications with any of the above-mentioned components missing or incomplete will not be considered. The application package should clearly describe the subject matter, the analytical approach, and the argument of the book. Manuscripts may be in any discipline, but they must be based on work completed during the AHP fellowship period.

Applicants should be prepared to read carefully the other Fellows’ chapters in preparation for the event. The workshop is an intensive, five-day seminar at which each participant will analyze all of the other chapters submitted.

NB: applicants must be up to date on all required AHP midterm and final reports.

To help planning for the MDW, please write to Ryan Cuthbert ( by February 11, 2019, to express your interest in applying and to state the tentative title of your book project. A complete package of application materials should be sent to Ryan by February 21, 2019.

Late submissions will not be considered.

AHP Residencies, 2018-2019

One of the benefits offered to every AHP Fellow, current or former, is the opportunity to take up a residency at a center for advanced study in Africa.

Residencies have been highly praised by Fellows for providing time for concentration and writing, away from duties at the home university (and at home). Fellows have also used residencies to explore new intellectual relationships with colleagues at the hosting institution and to use the local library resources./p>

Current Fellows (2018-2019 cohort) automatically are considered for a residency. They DO NOT have to apply for one. They only need to send AHP their top three ranked choices of residencies by June 15, 2018. Please also inform us, as soon as possible, if you decline to take a residency. We would appreciate knowing your reason for declining.

Former Fellows need to APPLY for consideration for an AHP residency. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2018. The application form is here

A list of currently available residential centers can be found here. Please read each description carefully and visit each center’s website to learn more. Your choice should be motivated by the intellectual environment that will best develop your project rather than by the geographic location.

Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to residences. The main points are that Fellows:

  • Must take up residencies outside of the countries where they live and work.
  • Should stay in residence continuously for at least two consecutive months (no travel to conferences during the residency!).
  • May not bring companions to the residency.

Residencies must take place August through December (2018) or January through June (2019). Most residential centers are closed in January and after May. The description of residential sites includes approximate dates for residential stays.

We ask for your top three choices (location and time period), in order of preference (1=most desired). The period does not have to be the same for all choices, and two choices can be at the same center but with different periods.

AHP Travel Grants

Unfortunately, we have reached the budgetary limit for grants for this year. We will update this page when we revise the guidelines for travel grants for mentoring. The details below are for information purposes only.

AHP Advisers’ Travel Grants for Mentoring support travel within sub-Saharan Africa to academic meetings in which current or past AHP Fellows will actively participate. The competition was open to eligible advisers who intend to travel outside their home/residence country for mentoring within 12 months of the initial application deadline, April 11, 2018.

Eligible meetings

  • must focus on topics in the humanities
  • must be organized in sub-Saharan Africa at universities, other institutions, or AHP residential centers
  • must take place outside of the applicant’s country of residence
  • must provide active roles for, and opportunities for, interaction among AHP mentors and Fellows.

Eligible advisers

  • must have evaluated AHP applications in two or more competitions
  • must be invited by the meeting organizer to participate in a capacity allowing interaction with AHP Fellows 


  • $1500 for intra-region meetings (within West Africa or within East Africa)
  • $3000 for inter-regional meetings (e.g., West Africa to East Africa, South Africa to West Africa, etc.)
  • Award funds are available in these amounts only and can be used for any travel expenses related to the meeting in question: air tickets, ground transportation, visas and insurance, lodging, and any meals that are not provided at the meetings.

Recipients of Travel Grants for Mentoring will be asked to submit a brief narrative report on the meeting attended. No financial report or submission of receipts will be required. Please find the application form here.

Calendar of Events

Please let us know of any conferences taking place in 2018 that you are organizing or that will be appropriate for AHP mentoring sessions, meetings, or workshops. We will add these to the AHP calendar of events.

Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production
May 25-28, 2018
Johannesburg South Africa

The Historical Association of South Africa (HASA) Biennial Conference: “Miracles and Mirages: The fall of the oldest and rise of the newest South Africa … and beyond”
Department of History, University of the Free State
20-22 June 2018
More information:

The Lagos Studies Association 3rd Annual Lagos Conference
Theme: Futurity in Lagos Scholarship, the Arts, Advocacy, and Social Enterprise
University of Lagos
June 21-23, 2018
More info: 

Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa: Methods, Ethics, and the Political Economy of Knowledge Production
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
25th to 28th June 2018
For inquiries:
More info here

AHP Event: Academic Writing and Mentoring Workshop
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Faculty of Arts Board room, University of Jos
Convener: Prof. Sati Fwatshak
Department of History and International Studies,
University of Jos  

The Ife Institute of Advanced Studies 2018 Summer School
Theme: Knowledge, Society and the Challenges of doing Research in Africa: Theoretical Perspectives and Methodical Approaches
Date: July 23 - August 3, 2018
Venue: Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Eligibility: Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Scholars from anywhere in the world
Application Deadline: May 11, 2018
For further enquiries: email or visit

24th ISAPS (International Society for African Philosophy and Studies) 2018 Conference: "Africa and a World Without Borders: Philosophical Perspectives on Migration, Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Justice"
University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
July 25 and 26, 2018
Interested participants should send their abstracts to:

5th Annual International Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa 2018: Sexuality, Capitalism, and Africa: "Sexuality, Capitalism, and Africa"
26-27 July 2018
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
More info here.

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics: “African Music Scholarship in the Twenty-first Century: Challenges and Directions.”
Department of Music, School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon 
August 9 – 12, 2018
More info here.  

Fourth International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference: Department of English Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA)
Theme: Boundaries
2 – 6 September 2018
Venue: Valley Lodge and Spa (South Africa)
More info here

42nd World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology (IIS): “The Social Sciences, New Conservatisms and New Radicalisms”
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
5-7 September, 2018
Paper abstracts and panel proposal/abstracts should be sent to

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20): “Regional and Global Ethiopia – Interconnections and Identities”
Mekelle University, Ethiopia
1-5 October 2018
More info:

Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) 63rd Annual Congress/Conference: The Military Factor in Nigerian History Since 1960
Department of History and War Studies, Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna
October 7-11, 2018
More info here.

4th International Research Conference of The College Of Humanities, University of Ghana
1-2 November, 2018
University of Ghana, Legon
Theme: Prospects and Challenges of Humanities Research in the 21st Century 
Abstracts (and any enquiries) should be sent to the following addresses: or

ICA Africa-Ghana 2018 Conference: ICAfrica 2nd Biennial, 2018
The Africa Regional Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)
Theme: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations
7-9 November, 2018
School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

African Scholars Network International Conference: "Knowledge loss, bondage and regrets in post-contact societies"
9-13 December 2018
Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

CHCI Africa Workshop - Addis 2019
Africa as Concept and Method:Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom
January 3-18, 2019
Addis Ababa