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Call for Application | PhD scholarship in Development Studies, Public Policy or Public Administration

The Centre for Development Research offers generous three year DAAD merit scholarships for PhD students in Development Studies, Public Policy or Public Administration at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.

Preference is given to PhD applicants who intend to do research on one of the following topics:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Rural and urban livelihoods
  • Food security
  • Governance in Africa, at different levels
  • Social movements
  • Citizenship and democracy
  • Capabilities and human development
  • Different social policy applications

 The online application form can only be submitted ONCE, so please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!!!

Successful applicants will study at the UWC but will also have the option to take part in courses at the IEE, the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy at the Ruhr-University, Bochum in Germany, the academic partner of UWC.

Access the online application form here!

The closing date for sending applications is June 30, 2019.

See more information here.

Call for Application | British Academy Writing Workshop for Sub-Saharan Africa (Early Career Researchers)

Writing for Sustainable Development: Towards strengthening African grant and research writing for publication 

The University of Nottingham and the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education, in partnership with the University of Zimbabwe, with funding support from the British Academy will hold a writing workshop at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe from 24-26 September 2019.

This workshop will strengthen the grant writing and impact publication capacities of early career researchers based at universities in the following six selected Sub-Saharan Africa countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The workshop offers early career researchers an opportunity to work on their paper with the support of a team of journal editors in a focused, intensive environment.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the three-day writing workshop. They will receive training and support to develop and submit an article to an international, peer-reviewed journal within 12 months of the workshop.

The closing date for sending applications is June 30, 2019, 23:59 GMT+0

See more information here.

Call for Application | Assistant Professor, Caribbean Studies – Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA)

New College in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a three-year Contractually-Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the field of Caribbean Studies. This appointment will begin August 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter, and end on June 30, 2022.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the humanities or social sciences at the time of application or shortly thereafter, with a research focus on the Caribbean and/or its diaspora. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths. See full requirements here.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a complete teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and copies of teaching evaluations.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Inquiries should be directed to

The closing date for sending applications is July 2, 2019, 11.59pm EST.

More information here.

Call for Application | 2020-2021 Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct research for an academic year or for one semester in a range of fields related to African and African American Studies. With a record of supporting more than 300 Fellows since its founding, the Institute has arguably done more in its short existence to ensure the scholarly development of African and African American Studies than any other pre-doctoral or post-doctoral program in the United States.

Fellows work in such areas as art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, journalism, and creative writing.

NOTE: If you will be using Interfolio to send us recommendations, please have the Interfolio packet/PDF mailed to

See more information and how to apply here.

Call for Application | Writing Fellowships 2020

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites applications for its Fifth Writing Semester, which will run from 3 February to 31 May 2020.

Fellowships are open to any field of expertise. Previous fellows have included academics, novelists, scientists, poets, playwrights, independent researchers and journalists. Please note that if successful, we urge that you keep your scholarly commitments outside of JIAS to a minimum.

JIAS Writing Fellows enjoy a quiet space for work, reflection and academic community-building amidst the Melville Koppies of Johannesburg.

Each Writing Fellow will receive:

  • Accommodation in our private residential suites at JIAS;
  • Daily breakfast and lunch;
  • Access to the facilities of the nearby University of Johannesburg; AND
  • A monthly stipend which will be taxable.

To apply, please submit a two-page proposal, a comprehensive CV, and three letters of reference before 30 June 2019. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information about JIAS, see

Call for Application | 2019 Aspire Grant Program

The Aspire Grant Program provides competitive research grants of up to $5,000 USD for African graduate students and early career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region.

CARN established the Aspire Grant Program in 2014 to support and encourage young African scientists to conduct novel conservation research and management activities that address the critical challenges facing wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystem health in the Congo Basin. Critically, these small grants can build the foundation for young African researchers to become independent, providing “bridge funding” that allows them to compete in larger international arenas. Most importantly, small research grants will encourage and provide a means for young Africans to remain engaged in their research and stay in their native countries to practice their trades.

Why the Congo Basin?

The Congo Basin rainforests comprise one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world and harbor an estimated 20% of all known species of plants and animals. While efforts are underway to implement conservation projects, habitat conversion, mineral extraction, forest degradation and deforestation continue at accelerating rates. Exacerbating these threats, the African continent, and the Congo Basin in particular, is predicted as one of the regions to be most severely affected by climate change. Recent projections suggest rainfall patterns will change dramatically and 50% of African mammals are at risk of extinction if the rise in mean global temperature exceeds 3°C, an increase predicted to occur by the end of the century (IPCC 2014). Furthermore, impacts from severe water and food scarcity, environmental deterioration, agricultural pests, emerging human diseases, and climate change impede the development of constructive and sustainable conservation solutions. To meet these challenges, Central Africa desperately needs a new generation of environmental and conservation experts.

See more information about this grant and how to apply here.

Call for Papers | 15th International African Studies Conference 
Moscow May 26-29, 2020

On May 26-29, 2020 in Moscow the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in co-operation with the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries, holds the 15th African Studies Conference titled Destinies of Africa in the Modern World. The Conference main events will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee have considered all the panel proposals received by it. The list of accepted proposals can be found below. The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in Russian or English) is November 15, 2019. The proposals should be sent directly to the respective panel convener(s) who is (are) to inform the applicant about his (her) application’s fortune by December 1, 2019 – the date by which the panel conveners are to submit their compiled panels to the Organizing Committee.

The information to be submitted alongside with the paper abstract includes full name, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number.

In the case the proposal is accepted and you need a Russian entry visa, the Organizing Committee will contact you with regards to your visa application support at a Russian Consulate or Embassy in the beginning of the year 2020.

See more information here.

Call for Application | Writer’s Residency
Burkina Faso

The Goethe-Institut/ Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou is setting up a writer’s residency for young African writers (less than 40 years) in 2019/20 in Burkina Faso.

This residency program aims to give a platform for free expression
– to writers who project the vision of (another) future in their writings,
– to writers who have restrictions of expression in their country of origin,
– to activist writers who express themselves in relation to social and/ or political transformations and challenges in their countries.

The residence is open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, comic, etc.
The production of a text is mandatory for the authors in residence. The texts produced will be published at the end of 2020, either in physical or digital version.

The applications shall be sent to the following addresses:

Carolin Christgau, Director Goethe-Institut:
Francois d’Assise Ouédraogo, Assistant Goethe-Institut:

The closing date for sending applications is July 7, 2019, 23:59 GMT+0

See more information and General conditions of residency here.

Call for Application | ICM Fellowship at Cornell University – Spring 2020

Cornell University’s Institute for Comparative Modernities welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean etc.) for a resident fellowship at Cornell University for a period of between two and four months to undertake research, writing, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to the Institute’s work on comparative modernities. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students; to introduce their work to new audiences through a public presentation; and to involve themselves in the activities of the Institute.

The ICM will award one fellowship for the Spring semester of 2020 (January to May). The Fellow will receive up to $7,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. ICM cannot guarantee success in obtaining a visa, as this is issued by the US government. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow.  ICM can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability. 


  • Applicants must be from and resident in the Global South at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.       
  • These fellowships cannot to be used for doctoral dissertation or master’s degree research. 
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America in recent years (since 2014) are not eligible.  


Applications must be submitted online by the July 31, 2019 deadline via email to

See more information about this fellowship and how to apply here.

Four more days of Jazz!
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival ends July 1, 2019

Ottawa African Festival 10th Anniversary!
July 26 – 28, 2019

See the exciting line up for our 2019 – 10th Anniversary

2Baba (2face) • Lorraine Klaasen • Ferre Gola • Benny Paladin • Wonder Boy • Ras Fiery • Alton • Idelity • Thabo • Marielle • Highlight Band • Y K Dalas featuring Naijacomedy&Theater group • Hamid Ayoub • TYAF (Benin Republic) • Moh Paco (Algeria) • and many more

Location: Queen Juliana Park 870 Carling Ave., West, Ottawa, ON

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