Harvard Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program for African Researchers in the USA 2021

Harvard University Center for African Studies invites applications for the Harvard Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program for African Researchers in the USA in 2021.

As one of the world’s leading academic institutions, Harvard University is committed to supporting top-quality Postdoctoral Fellows who will contribute to the University’s mission of excellence in teaching and research, and who are interested in advancing new ideas and promoting enduring knowledge. Harvard offers access to intellectual and cultural resources that are as unique as they are unrivaled.

The Center for African Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is aimed at providing opportunities for postdoctoral candidates to conduct independent research, publish, and increase knowledge in their fields of study that will be beneficial to the African continent and to prepare them to be successful in their chosen career paths.

Worth of Award

 Fellows will be provided with

  • a budget of up to $10,000 for research during the 18-month fellowship.
  • stipend during residency and

Note that

  • travel to and from Cambridge for the residency portion will be covered separately.

Thus, a budget stipulating detailed expenses during the fellowship period should accompany your application.


Applicants for the Harvard Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

  • must have received a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level research degree (preference will be given to those who completed PhD in past five years). That is in any discipline with strategic interest to the African continent and must hold a paid academic appointment at one of the eligible institutions.
  • who have not yet formally received their degree must present evidence of having completed the academic requirements before commencing the Fellowship.
  • must identify a Harvard faculty mentor to support research and scholarly work; additionally, they should identify a second mentor at their home institution. Both mentors are required to submit letters of recommendation during the application process.
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Applicants must also have

  • English language proficiency.
  • support from their home institutions to pursue an 18-month fellowship appointment, six months of which will be spent in a stipend-supported residency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Throughout the fellowship period, fellows will have access to their mentor at both institutions as well as Harvard’s library resources and seminar/conference opportunities.
  • an academic appointment at one of the listed eligible universities or include a letter from the institution that such an appointment is forthcoming during the fellowship period.


  • Ethiopia | University of Addis Ababa
  • Ghana | University of Ghana
  • Egypt | Cairo University
  • Kenya | University of Nairobi
  • Nigeria | University of Ibadan
  • Nigeria | Ahmadu Bello University
  • Rwanda | University of Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone | University of Sierra Leone
  • Uganda | Makerere University
  • South Africa | University of the Witwatersrand
  • South Africa | University of Johannesburg
  • Senegal | Cheikh Anta Diop University
  • Tanzania | University of Dar es Salaam
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How to Apply

  • Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will need to submit an online proposal through Qualtrics by the deadline.
  • The application submission site will be opened in late March 2021.

Very Important

Applicants must register to access the application:

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Deadline: Applications are due on May 17, 2021. 


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