54 African Scholars Receive African Humanities Program Fellowships


Fishing boats on the shore of Cape Coast, Ghana in June 2018

The unprecedented number of applications in the 2017-18 competition marked a fitting culmination to 10 years of the African Humanities Program. Through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the sponsor of AHP, a record number of awardees received fellowships. Fellows, who work at universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, will spend one year conducting research and writing, with the goal of completing dissertations or first books after the PhD degree.

Fellows are offered opportunities for two- to four-month-long residencies at seven AHP residential centers on the continent to concentrate on their projects away from responsibilities at home universities.

"The wealth of topics supported in 2018, from digital projects to children’s literature and disability studies, reflects the dynamism of African humanities today," noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of ACLS International Programs. "Fellows taking up residencies will benefit from interaction with new academic communities and with library and other research resources at residential sites.

Based on the number and quality of applications received this year, as well as in previous years, ACLS has requested two more fellowship competitions in 2019-20 and 2020-21 from the funder. Please watch the ACLS website for news.

Read more about the 2018 AHP Fellows and their projects here:

Over a 10-year period, the African Humanities Program has supported over 400 scholars early in their careers and collaborated with over 100 senior scholars from the region, who have served as peer reviewers and advisers. Please note that there will be no fellowship competitions in 2018-19 as we concentrate on developing the next stages of the program.