Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program 2022

Applications are welcome for the Harvard University Center for African Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program 2022.

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. An applicant should have received their PhD (preference will be given to those who completed PhD in the last five years). This includes those with a commitment of appointment at the time of application. The fellowship will support the development of a research project at selected Harvard University schools, departments, or laboratories in the field of their choice.


Under the terms of appointment, fellows will assume the following responsibilities:

  • Assume primary responsibility for the development of their research and career, in consultation with their faculty mentors and other collaborators.
  • Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty mentors and from other faculty members as appropriate.
  • Submit a report describing all work carried out at Harvard University and home institution during the research period.
  • Make mention in any publication, presentation, or interview of their status as a CAS fellow and acknowledge CAS support for work published or carried out as a result of their fellowship.
  • Notify CAS of any grant, scholarship, or funding obtained from any public or private organization for the same or a different research project.
  • Fellows should notify CAS of any periods of travel or absence during their fellowship.
  • Presentation of research at CAS fellow’s colloquium at the end of fellowship.
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 Duration: 18 months


  • Fellows will be provided with a budget of up to $10,000 for research during the 18-month fellowship.
  • Also, stipend during residency and travel to and from Cambridge for the residency portion will be covered separately.


  • Applicants must have received a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level research degree in any discipline and must hold a paid academic appointment at any African university or research institution.
  • Applicants who have not yet formally received their degree must present evidence of having completed the academic requirements before commencing the Fellowship.
  • Both mentors are to submit letters of recommendation during the application process.
  • Applicants must identify a Harvard faculty mentor to support research and scholarly work; additionally, they should identify a second mentor at their home institution.
  • Applicants should have English language proficiency.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must have 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.
  • Applicants should have an academic appointment in an African university/research institution or include a letter from the institution that such an appointment is forthcoming during the fellowship.

Application Process

  • The personal statement of (500-700 words)
  • Candidates are to provide biographical information and contact details.
  • Candidates are to provide their education history, including name and location of institution, dates of attendance and degree, and field of study.
  • A research proposal of no more than 2,000 words (font size 10 to 12 point)
  • Candidates are to enter their work history, including name and location of institution, position, and responsibilities during the application.
  • A budget stipulating detailed expenses during the fellowship period should accompany the application.
  • Applications must include two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s intellectual and professional preparation for the fellowship.
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Deadline: April 30, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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