The Centre of African Studies Visiting Fellowship (Cambridge,UK) 2018-19


The Centre of African Studies Visiting Fellowship (Cambridge,UK) 2018-19

Deadline: 15th January 2018​

The Centre of African Studies, with generous support from the A G Leventis Foundation, the Centre of African Studies is able to appoint one six month visiting research fellowship, open to suitably qualified applicants from disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to be held at the University of Cambridge.
The aim of the fellowships is to enable the visiting academic to spend six months calendar months between October and March focusing on their research and writing, whilst based at the Centre of African Studies 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.  

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.  
The aim of the Fellowships is to enable the fellows to focus on a period of research and writing in Cambridge.


  • The 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.


  • 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. 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. 


  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a substantial piece of written work as part of their application.
  • Applicants should note that applications and references can be sent by email or in hard copy. Applicants are not required to submit their applications by email. The closing date for all completed applications is 15 January 2018, no later than midnight GMT. Applications received after this date will be declined.  
  • The University follows an equal opportunities policy and does not discriminate according to race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

    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:

    no later than 15 January 2018

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