ASCL 2022 Visiting Fellowship Program for African Researchers

ASCL 2022 Visiting Fellowship Program for African Researchers

Brief Description: The African Studies Centre Leiden is a scientific institute in the Netherlands that deals with social-science research on Africa intending to promote a better understanding of historical, current, and future social developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. The center is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University, located in the Pieter de la Court Building of Leiden University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

The ASC Leiden hosts visiting research fellows in the framework of the Leiden African Studies Assembly (Leiden ASA), a network for cooperation between Leiden-based Africanists. Visiting research fellows use their time in Leiden for data analysis and/or writing, often on a joint project with one or more ASCL staff members and with Africanists at other institutes or faculties of Leiden University. A visiting research fellowship is for a maximum of 90 days. Apart from the regular visiting research fellowship program, the ASCL also offers a joint fellowship program with the IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies).

Application Deadline: July 24, 2022

Host University: All institutions affiliated with the program

Country of Study: Netherlands

Targeted Demography: African researchers

Degree Type: Fellowship

Fellowship Sponsor: African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL)


  • A economy class return ticket
  • Daily stipend for living expenses.
  • Accommodation in Leiden: a fellow is provided with his/her single bed/sitting room. The kitchen and bathroom are to be shared with a maximum of two other fellows (male/female). If the offered accommodation is acceptable for the fellow he/she is requested to look for alternative accommodation him/herself. Alternative accommodation will not be paid for by the fellowship/institute.
  • A medical/liability insurance (please note that this insurance does not cover the cost of treatment of a pre-existing medical condition).
  • The use of (shared) office facilities and library facilities.

Award Sponsor: African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL)

Eligibility Conditions:

  • Must have a Ph.D. degree, by the time of applying;
  • Must have conducted research, as part of the Ph.D. and/or in later projects; with a focus on Africa;
  • Must be actively pursuing an academic/research career;
  • Must have published books, book chapters, and/or journal articles in recent years that meet international standards;
  • Must be following visa regulations, and be ready to return to the country of which he/she is a citizen and/or a current resident upon completion of the fellowship.

In the assessment of applications that meet these requirements,

  1. Preference will be given to applicants based in Africa. ‘Africa’ here refers to the member states of the African Union. ‘Based in’ Africa is understood to mean having lived in Africa during at least two of the last four years; and
  2. Emphasis will be placed on the quality, intended outputs, and feasibility of the research project proposed for the fellowship.

How to Apply:

  • The application form for a 90-day fellowship from January to March 2023 or from April to June 2023 can be found here (Word document).
  • For more information, visit the ASCL website

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