UK Fellowships in the Humanities Researchers at Wits

The African Fellowships programme advances South-North research collaboration to find solutions to global challenges.


Wits University’s long-term strategic partner, the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom), is offering African Fellowships exclusively to Wits humanities researchers, for the sixth year running. Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) is offering African Fellowships for researchers with PhDs who are based at Wits to undertake research in Edinburgh in 2024-25.


Apply by 17:00 (SA time) on Friday 23 February 2024 – see details below;

These unique IASH African Fellowships typically run for two consecutive months, ideally for December 2024 to January 2025, otherwise January to February 2025. They are for research in any aspect of the humanities and social sciences, although health informatics, rangeland management, inequality studies, digital innovation, environmental humanities and medical humanities will be prioritised.


A bursary of up to £1,500 per month, plus £1,000 travel grants (plus visa fees) will be offered to successful candidates. Please read the ‘Notes for guidance’ regarding the contribution you may need to make to augment the bursary.


Fellows will be expected to give a presentation about their research during their stay at IASH, and to provide a project report at the end of their Fellowship. Please see ‘Notes for guidance’ below for more detail on eligibility and obligations.


Application Procedure

The closing date for the receipt of the next round of applications is Friday 23 February 2024, 17.00 SA time. Applications should be sent to [email protected]. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by email by the end of May 2024 with a formal letter of confirmation to follow; please ensure that you supply a valid email address so that you can be contacted quickly after decisions are made.

The Application

Applicants should supply a short CV (no more than three pages, listing publications related to your proposal, and up to ten most significant publications) and a project proposal of no more than three pages including a bibliography. In the notes for guidance, applicants will also see they are required to give evidence of any contact they have made with researchers at the University of Edinburgh, and of proposed collaboration during and beyond their visit to Edinburgh; those who do make such contact before submitting their applications will be at an advantage.


If languages other than English are required for your project, please also outline the degree of your conversational and reading competence in each. If you have received a Fellowship from IASH in the past, please give the title(s), year(s), and stipend amount(s). If you have applied for other grants to support the same project during the same time period, please also list these in your application.


Applicants should also provide one academic reference (which should comment on the research proposal, and can come from a colleague at Wits or another institution) and one letter of support from their head of department or equivalent. Applicants should ask their referees to send their references by email to Lynda Murray at [email protected] by Friday 23 February 2024, 17.00 SA time.


By submitting an application, the applicant agrees that their full application (including details of their name, contact details, institutional affiliation and programme) will be released to IASH and the applicant accepts that this information will be treated as confidential and with sensitivity by the University of Edinburgh.


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