Fellowships

Several sources of funding are available to students pursuing degrees in African Studies at Yale. Students should consult and apply through the Yale Grants & Fellowships website. Africa-specific awards include the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) and the Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa, but several other awards that can be used for Africa related research are also available.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Act, Title VI. Fellowships are available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students whose academic work includes foreign language study and whose career plans include teaching, public service or business related to African Studies, European Studies, Middle East Studies, or Latin American Studies. The eligible languages for each competition are announced on the application. FLAS fellowships are available for the summer and for the academic year. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply. All Yale applicants must apply through the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships database. Non Yale students should submit hard copies of the application to the MacMillan Center Fellowships Office. Additional information and a downloadable application form can be found here.

Academic year fellowships are for intermediate or advanced language study at Yale. The Council on African Studies will consider applications for elementary level language study, but priority is given to advanced study. Academic year fellowships support full tuition and provide a stipend. The eligible languages for academic year study are Arabic, Kiswahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu.

Summer fellowships are awarded for intensive language study. Eligible languages are Arabic, Kiswahili, Yoruba and Zulu but additional languages will be considered. The Council on African Studies will consider applications for elementary level language study, but priority is given to advanced study. Elementary languages must be studied in the U.S. only. All non-U.S. programs must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education before the award is final.

Non-Yale students are eligible to apply for summer fellowships. Non-Yale students should visit the Yale Grants Database here to search for and complete applications for either the summer or academic year awards.

Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa

The Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa supports grants to graduate and professional students for summer research in order to increase understanding of Africa among Yale students and faculty. Only those returning to Yale in the semester following the award are eligible to receive an award. One or more fellowships of up to $3,000 will be awarded for summer travel and field work expenses in Africa for relevant research, study projects, internships or conferences (paper presentation at conference required). All applicants must apply through the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships database. Application deadline is usually in February; please consult the YSG&F database for this year’s specific date.

Fox International Fellowship

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale and 19 world-renowned partner universities. Fox Fellows undertake independent research in one of the focus fields for an academic year at one of the Fox exchange partner universities. Graduating masters students or graduating seniors who propose to work on a current project, an extension of a previous project, or suggest an entirely new avenue of enquiry.   To learn more about the Fox International Fellowship Program and to download an application visit www.yale.edu/macmillan/fif.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies

The Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University for AY2017-2018 and AY2018-2019, commencing on July 1, 2017. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to modern and contemporary Africa, in the social sciences or humanities.

All applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one African language and fluency in English, and must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. The post-doctoral associate will spend 75% of their time pursuing his/her own research and teaching one course each academic year related to his/her interests, and 25% of their time curating the programmatic/scholarly activities of the Yale Africa Initiative. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus, and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; and letters of recommendation from two academic references. Compensation includes an annual salary of $50,000, health insurance, and other benefits afforded to post-doctoral associates at Yale: http://your.yale.edu/work-yale/benefits/my-benefits-yale/postdoctoral-associate-benefits.  

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on November 15, 2017 and continuing until the selections are final.

Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities are particularly welcome.

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/38069.  Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below.

George Joseph, Deputy Director, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 USA.  Email: george.joseph@yale.edu