ACLS African Humanities Fellowships for African Researchers 2021

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, invites applications for the ACLS African Humanities Fellowships for African Researchers for the 2021/22 academic year.

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose.

Worth of Award


  • encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new approaches to research.
  • strengthen the capacity of early career researchers at African universities.
  • advance the humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication throughout Africa and with Africanists worldwide.


  • Applications for postdoctoral fellowships from scholars who are within eight years of receiving the PhD degree, who are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, and who are currently working at universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda are encouraged to apply.
  • All eligible African scholars, especially women and staff at regional universities, are encouraged to apply.
  • Awards will go to African scholars, living and working on the continent, pursuing basic research in the humanities, willing to take two semesters’ leave from all other employment to devote full energy to the project proposed.
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How to Apply

All applications for the ACLS African Humanities Fellowships should be made online via the official website.

Deadline: The deadline for the fellowship is December 3, 2021, at 5 PM Eastern Time. 

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