University of Cambridge Philomathia Africa Visiting Research Fellowships 2020/2021 for African Researchers

The Centre of African Studies, with the generous assistance of the Isaac Newtown Trust and the Philomathia Africa Programme, is pleased to announce one Visiting Research Fellowship to be held at the University of Cambridge.


Eligible Countries: African Countries

To be Taken at (Country): UK


About the Award: The Cambridge Centre of African Studies invites applications for a Visiting Research Fellowship. 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.

The Visiting Fellowship is part of the newly established Philomathia Africa Programme, with funding from the Isaac Newton Trust. Applicants’ research interests should touch on one or more of the broad themes of environment, energy, land, or climate change. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Philomathia Africa Programme, we welcome candidates with expertise in any field in the social sciences, arts or humanities. The applicant should have a PhD submitted at the time of application.


Type: Research


  • We welcome candidates with expertise in any field in the social sciences, arts or humanities.
  • The applicant should have a PhD submitted 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.

Number of Awards: 1

Value of Award:

  • The award is worth up to £12,000, out of which visa, travel, accommodation and maintenance costs will be paid.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Duration of Award: The appointment is four months, with a start date between 1 October 2020 and 15 January 2021; it is non-renewable.

How to Apply: In order to apply for a Fellowship you will need to submit an application to the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, by 6 April 2020 and to arrange for your references to arrive at the Centre by the same date.

The Centre is not able to consider applications that are not complete.

  • a copy of the notice of award;
  • guidance on the information required in your curriculum vitae;
  • guidance on the type of project details required;
  • guidance for you to pass to your referees.

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, UK.

E-mail: [email protected]

Completed applications must be sent either by e-mail or in hardcopy to:

E-mail: [email protected]

University of Cambridge

Centre of African Studies

Alison Richard Building

7 West Road

Cambridge CB3 9DT



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