Apply: Africa Visiting Research Fellowship 2020

Deadline: 06 April, 2020

The Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, with the generous assistance of the Isaac Newton Trust and the Philomathia Africa Programme, has established a Visiting Research Fellowship to be held at the University of Cambridge. The aim of the fellowship is to enable the fellow to focus on a period of research and writing while based at the Centre in Cambridge. Applicants’ research interests should touch on one or more of the broad themes of environment, energy, land or climate change.


  • The award is worth up to £12,000, out of which visa, travel, accommodation and maintenance costs will be paid
  • The award sum is not subject to tax in the UK
  • 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


  • Candidates with expertise in any field in the social sciences, arts or humanities are welcome
  • The applicant should have submitted a PhD at the time of application
  • Preference will be given to early- to mid-career candidates with an accomplished or highly promising research profile
  • Candidates must hold a teaching or research position at an African university
  • 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
  • Candidates 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)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a substantial piece of written work as part of their application.

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