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Postdoctoral and Fellowship awards

There are a number of postdoctoral fellowships open to African scholars to undertake a period of research at a UK institution. Some are offered as part of broader schemes, while some are specifically aimed at African academics, often at those at the early stage of their career. For other international fellowship opportunities for African scholars at universities in any country, visit Research Africa. (Your institution may already have a subscription so contact your research office to check).

Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowships

These are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and enable mid-career academics from developing Commonwealth countries to spend up to 6 months at a UK institution. For details see

Newton International Fellowships

Available for postdoctoral researchers to come to the UK for one or two years, with follow-on funding for a further 10 years to enable further visits and collaborative work. Newton Fellowships are co-ordinated by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society and area vailable to researchers in social sciences and the humanities, as well as engineering and natural sciences. For details see

ASAUK Teaching Fellowship

The ASAUK Council supports teaching fellowships of up to £9,000 to enable early career UK based academics to work in an African university. The award is open to applicants of any nationality trained in British universities. The award is designed to cover travel expenses and about six month’s subsistence at £1,300 a month. The award can cover any field in the social sciences and humanities. For details see

Fellowships offered by individual UK universities

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

LSE African Research Fellowship

The Fellowship is a period of up to four months, based at IDEAS at the LSE. Preference will be given to topics that focus on Africa and contemporary international relations and security concerns of Africa and the external powers.The Fellowship is open to candidates from Africa (AU countries) and it is desirable that applicants are currently employed by a higher education institution, or working in a research capacity in Africa. For details see

Nottingham University

Visiting Fellowship Scheme

The scheme  will allow 30 early career researchers from outside the European Union the opportunity to complete a three month period of research in Nottingham, during April to July 2014.

Open University

International Development Centre (IDC) African Scholars Research Grants

Funding is available for African scholars to spend up to 12 weeks at the IDC to work on joint projects and to develop their own research agenda. Four grants are available each year, for visits between March and July. Applicants must hold a PhD and be nominated by an Open University academic or department. For details see

University of Birmingham

Cadbury Fellowship Scheme

(Centre of West African Studies) Funding to enable early career African academics to undertake a residential fellowship at the Centre of West African Studies for up to 10 weeks. A particular theme is announced each year. Two to three fellows are invited each year and the fellowship culminates in an interdisciplinary conference. For details see

University of Oxford

The AERC/JAE Visiting Scholars Programme (Centre for the Study of African Economies)

Provides for short-term visiting fellowships to the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. The aim is to allow AERC (African Economics Research Consortium) members who have recently completed an AERC supported research project to visit Oxford and produce a publishable journal article from their research reports. Visit normally last for a period of two months, coinciding with one academic term at Oxford. For details see

Oxford Research Network on Government in Africa (OReNGA) Visiting Fellowships

OReNGA aims to provide modest amounts of funding to support African scholars to visit Oxford. Two fellows are usually funded each year to a maximum of £2900 each, for a visit not exceeding 10 weeks, and covering the airfare and an accommodation/subsistence allowance for the duration of the visit. For details see

SOAS Centre of African Studies

The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme

is devised to assist early career Nigerian scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Funding is provided for academics to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre. The scheme is also appropriate for scholars seeking to work up a PhD thesis into publishable form. For details see

University of Cambridge

African Studies Visiting Research Fellowships Scheme (Centre of African Studies)

The Centre offers fellowships for African scholars holding a PHD to spend a maximum of 6 months in Cambridge, from October of each year. Each award is worth £10,000 for travel, accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance. A new research theme for fellowships is announced each year. Previous themes have included 'The Public Understanding of Science in Africa', 'Peacebuilding and Transitional Governance in Africa'. For detail see

Outside of the UK

African Humanities Program

The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to revitalize the humanities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda through fellowship competitions and meetings associated with them. The AHP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Fellowship awards to promising African scholars are the centerpiece of the African Humanities Program. Approximately 40 such fellowships will be awarded annually. Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing.