The ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme for African Researchers

The ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme for African Researchers

The ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme for African Researchers


The ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme for African Researchers

The ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme for African Researchers is administered by the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This programme allows junior and midcareer African researchers to become visiting fellows at the ASCL for up to 3 months

The African Studies Centre Leiden hosts visiting research fellows in the framework of the Leiden African Studies Assembly (Leiden ASA), a network for association 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 programme, the ASCL also offers a joint fellowship programme with the IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies).

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To be qualified for a Visiting Research Fellowship, the applicant has to meet all of the following criteria. He or she must:

  • Hold a PhD degree, by the time of applying
  • Have conducted research, as part of the PhD and/or in later projects; with a focus on Africa
  • Be actively pursuing an academic/research career
  • Have published books, book chapters, and/or journal articles in recent years that meet international standards
  • In accordance with visa regulations, 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 examination of applications that meet these requirements,

  1. Priority 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. Priority will be set on the quality, intended outputs, and feasibility of the research project proposed for the fellowship.


A research fellowship contains:

  1. A return ticket (economy class).
  2. A daily stipend to cover living expenses.
  3. Accommodation in Leiden: a fellow is provided with his/her own 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 unacceptable 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.
  4. A medical/liability insurance (please note that this insurance does not cover the cost of treatment of a pre-existing medical condition).
  5. The use of (shared) office facilities and library facilities.


Reviewing procedure
Each applicant has to indicate the CRG (Collaborative Research Group) they want to be linked with, and the topic of research must fit in with the CRGs research. Each CRG makes a shortlist of preferred candidates. The visiting fellowship committee makes the final decision on the basis of the CRG shortlists.


The application form for a 90-day fellowship from January to March 2023 or from April to June 2023 can be found by clicking the apply now link below here (Word document).

Application Deadline: July 24, 2022



The ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme for African Researchers

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