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 includes the Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa, but several other awards that can be used for Africa related research are also available.

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.  Click here to access 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.  Click here to learn more about the Fox International Fellowship Program and to download an application visit.

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020-2021

The Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, commencing for the 2020 -2021 academic year. Reappointment for the second year will be subject to satisfactory evaluation of the first year performance in the postdoctoral position. Candidates must have research and teaching experience related to contemporary Africa. The fellowship is open to all disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly Anthropology, History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies.

Post-doctoral associates are expected to teach one course each semester while pursuing independent research and assisting the chair in curating the programmatic/scholarly activities of the Council. The academic appointment will be based in the Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center (https://macmillan.yale.edu/). Post-doctoral Associates are expected to be in residence while classes are in session from August through May and participate in Council programming.

Compensation includes a competitive salary, moving expenses, research account, 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.  


Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one Africa-related language, be fluent in English and must have completed the Ph.D. within two years of September 2019.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter; a CV; a one-page description of scholarly interests and research plans; a draft 1-semester course syllabus, and a title and brief summary of a second course; and letters of recommendation from two academic referees. All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio. All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/70952

We will accept applications immediately and continue until 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.