E-Newsletter of the Centre of African Studies, University of London, October 2013
E-Newsletter for the Centre of African Studies
Events at the Centre

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative - Residential School 2014

CAS in association with the University of Mauritius' Business School and with the support from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is organizing the next Residential School on 'Governance and Development in Africa' in March 2014 in Mauritius.

The residential school is for 20 participants who are policy makers,  academics, researchers or civil society representatives from any African  country who will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on  the broad issue of governance and development. We welcome applications  from a wide range of backgrounds.

Deadline for applications: 15 December 2013 
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Africa Seminar Series

‘Senegal’s Art Today: An increasing diversity of practice', by Salimata Diop
Monday 2nd December 2013, 5pm – 7pm, Room 4429, Russell Square College Buildings, SOAS
Art consultant and curator Salimata Diop will introduce the audience to the fast changing landscape of Senegalese art, including recent reforms in the Dak’Art Biennale management and vision and several audacious initiatives led by artists and their supporters. She will take the audience on a virtual tour around the practices of the most dynamic Senegalese artists.

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Book Launch: Gbagba by Robtel Neajai Pailey
Monday 9th December, 5.30pm- 7pm, Room 4429, Russell Square College Buildings, SOAS

CAS hosts the London launch of Gbagba - an anti-corruption primer for children by Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholar and Liberian writer Robtel Neajai Pailey.

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Climate Change in northern Tanzania
Thursday 30th January 2014, 6pm – 8pm, Room 116, Russell Square College Buildings, SOAS

A presentation by geographer Ben Wisner, who has worked on disaster response and mitigation for more than 30 years. He is a leading member of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction a coalition of NGOs and other organisations in low and medium income countries. In Tanzania he is involved in a project to evaluate the impact of climate change in the Kilimanjaro and Pare areas.

In association with the Britain Tanzania society

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CAS Seminar Series on Eritrea
- with Dan Connell
Monday 3rd February 2014, 5pm – 7pm, Room 4429, Russell Square College Buildings, SOAS
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- with Dr Gaim Kibreab
In collaboration with Justice Africa
Monday 17th February 2014, 5pm – 7pm, Room 4429, Russell Square College Buildings, SOAS
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Film Series: History on Film (2nd edition): Slavery and the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective
Thursday 20th 2014, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Dr Marie Rodet (SOAS) screens her film The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes (Mali) and welcomes keynote speaker Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
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Thursday 27th February Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
A screening of Voices of the Afro-Sri Lankans and keynote speech by Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

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Leventis Post Doctoral Fellows Seminars:
Continuity and Change in Contemporary Hausa Lyrical Performances Through the prism of Islam and the politics of cultural production in northern Nigeria

Abubakar Liman
TIME & LOCATION CHANGE: Wednesday 4th December  in B101 (Brunei Gallery Building)
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Africa Business Group Series

ABG Seminar: The Extraction of Africa - is Talk Enough?
Monday 27th January 2013; 12 - 2 pm, Room 116
Emma Vickers & George Boden (Global Witness)
Chair: Dr Jonathan Di John (SOAS)

Emma Vickers, a Sudan specialist, and  George Boden, expert on oil governance in Uganda, will discuss their findings, frustrations and fears from two countries at different points on the extraction journey and so explore many of the broader issues around extraction in East Africa - corruption risks, managing huge revenue streams with low government capacity, community consultation and  environmental considerations.
Free to members of the Africa Business Group
Other CAS events
BCA Flagship Workshop Event Sourcing talent for business in Africa’s emerging markets
Thursday 28th November, 6pm - 9pm, Stephenson Harwood, 1 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M

Clare Reilly (Africa Diageo), Frances Mensah Williams (Interims for Development & ReConnect Africa), Karl Craven (Spiral HR Global Solutions)
BCA is delighted to host a panel discussion with leading industry experts on sourcing talent for business in Africa’s emerging markets. The Diaspora are a key part of the solution to the talent issues facing Africa’s emerging markets, with many willing to move back home for the right opportunity. A key source of talent, they have the skills and expertise both on a local and international level and there is a growing trend of professionals and graduates returning to play a part in Africa’s growth story. How can companies access, attract and retain the best talent in Africa and from the Diaspora?
Free to members of the Africa Business Group



Maaza Mengiste talk - Reflections on Writing Fiction from History
Friday 6th December 2013, 5.30-7pm, Room G3, Russell Square College  Buildings, SOAS

Ethiopian author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze discusses her award-winning novel which was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books, and gives a preview of her next work.

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Film Screening - 'Heaven and Earth': Church Education and Monastic Culture in Ethiopia
Followed by Q&A with the director Mackonen Michael
Tuesday 28th January at 7pm - Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Tickets - £7 (£5 students)

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Other SOAS events

‘Brain circulation: Exploring direct and indirect contributions to the homeland by the UK-based Somali diaspora’
Thursday 28th November 2013, 7pm – 8.30pm,  Room G3, Main Building, SOAS
Dr Laura Hammond (Head of Development Studies at SOAS), Frantz Celestin (IOM Somalia), and Dr Muna Elmi (Worldwide Somali Students and Professionals)
As the future of the current system of Somali remittances is called into question by UK banking regulations, now is a pertinent time to consider alternative ways that the diaspora community can contribute to the Somali economy through the transfer of knowledge and skills. Organised in association with the Bloomsbury Somali Studies Group, the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and Somali Heritage Academic Network (SHAN) Ltd

All welcome but space are limited. Please RSVP
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Prof Richard Reid Inaugural Lecture: The Trouble with African Past
Wednesday 4th December 2013, 6.30pm – 9pm, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS
The significance of precolonial History has declined markedly in the public and professional eyes of the people of sub-Saharan Africa over the last forty years. History has been demonised – depicted as a deeply dangerous and as the source of savagery and instability – or portrayed as irrelevant when set alongside the needs of economic modernisation and development. This lecture explores this trend in the context of Uganda, chosen for its particularly rich oral and literary heritage and its complex and troubled twentieth century. Prof. Richard Reid will consider the role of History in a modern African society vis-à-vis the developmental agendas and notions of economic growth against which African ‘progress’ and prospects for ‘stability’ are currently measured.
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African History Seminar: ‘Forced African Migration and East India Company Records: Resistance and Freedom’
Shihan de Silva, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Wednesday  4th December, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, 
FG01, Faber Building

This paper explores a part of the easterly slave trade and its consequences in the Indian Ocean World.  Through ship records, the way that the slave trade was conducted in the Indian Ocean and how slaves resisted captivity will be studied.   East India Company factory records at Sumatra enable us to ascertain the varied origins of the slaves (Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola, Nias and Batta), gender composition of the slaves, the extent to which the identity of the slaves was maintained after displacement, how they were rewarded for their labour, and how they reacted to freedom after emancipation. 

African History Seminar: 'Bitten by Dog': Flogging and the Perversion of Justice in 1930s Kenya
Corrie Decker, UC Davis
11 December 2013, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, FG01, Faber Building

This paper is a close reading of a 1934 case from Kenya in which a European settler woman was charged with the murder of a Pokot man who she suspected of stealing. De Silva argues that the white male jury, predisposed to view the woman as a potential victim of 'black peril,' was instead swayed by the testimony of the African witnesses. This case provides some insight into how Africans used the colonial courts to shift public opinion against corporal punishment

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Events and seminars in the UK

Oxford Centre of African Studies Seminars

The African Studies Centre organises a lively programme of seminars, workshops and international conferences. At least three research seminars on Africa meet each week during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms:

  • South Africa Discussion Group


We host a variety of annual events including:


Next year there will be a special conference focussing on 20 Years of South African Democracy.

Podcasts of past seminars and events hosted by the African Studies Centre are available both on the Oxford University Podcasts Website and on iTuneU.


Cambridge Centre of African Studies Seminars

The Centre's weekly seminar series features the work of prominent academics.

Speakers aim to interest a wide audience, and the general
The next African Studies Seminar Series will start in October 2013.


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Leeds Centre of African Studies Seminars


Theology and Religious Studies Symposium: farewell to Kevin Ward - Dynamics of Religion and Sexuality in Contemporary Africa


  • 23rd January 2014
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London School of Economics

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King's College London
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Birkbeck College
  • Africa Research Network (AfNet) Seminar: 
    ‘Reflections from the Field’
    Wednesday 27th November, 5.30pm – 7pm, Room 114 Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck College
Panelists:  Rachel Deacon (LSE, Department of Social Policy), ThienVinh Nguyen (UCL, Department of Geography), Robtel Neajai Pailey (SOAS, Department of Development Studies), Naomi Roux (Birkbeck College, Department of History of Art)

Royal African Society events

Next event: Afro-Disco featuring Afrobeat Rhythm King Tony Allen
Saturday 30th November, 8pm - 1am, Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

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Britain-Tanzania society:
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Anglo-Ethiopian society
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Chatham House
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Art, Film & Theatre

Hassan Musa: Contemporary Calligraphy

21st November – 21st December 2013, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), W1S, London, United Kingdom
GAFRA presents Contemporary Calligraphy, a solo exhibition of works by Hassan Musa, curated by art historian and lecturer Elsbeth Court.

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Guest Projects Africa
Submissions for 2014 now open

Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects Africa creates a platform for artists of African origin from all artistic disciplines. The opportunity offers access to a free space creating a platform for exciting group projects. Projects run yearly from February to October with winning proposals allocated a specific month at the Hackney Guest Projects Space. 

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Watch Africa Film Festival
20th November – 7th December 2013, Cardiff, Wales
Watch-Africa is proud to present the first African Film Festival in Wales. With 11 feature Long Films, 4 Short Films with Q&A’s, workshops and master-classes, all within 8 days. The festival will bring African culture and flare through films, discussions and workshops from leading experts in the film industry.
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4th UK Portuguese Film Festival
27th November - 8th December, London

Utopia – 4th UK Portuguese Film Festival will showcase an exciting mixture of contemporary films and a one-off special archive session. With the Portuguese language as a common base, the theme for the 2013 international programme is “Film, Memory and Landscape”, featuring films from across the Lusophone world.

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Screening of Beyond Forgiving: A South African Story
Tuesday 3rd December 2013, 8pm, Bloomsbury Baptist Church

Screening of this award-winning documentary about reconciliation in South Africa, organised by Initiatives of Change.

Screening of Namibian Short Films
Thursday 12
th December at 7.30pm, Harecourt (United Reformed Church), 120 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2LR

The rare chance to see short films by Namibian film-makers Perivi Katjavivi, Tim Huebschle, Oshosheni Hiveluah & Joel Haikali. Followed by a Q&A with cineaste, curator, film critic and director of AfricAvenir Windhoek Hans-Christian Mahnke.

Free – booking recommended
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Dream Nation launches 'Tangle Company'

Dream Nation launchesTangle Company, a resident ensemble of artists who have been cherry-picked from the best of England’s African-Caribbean black British theatre talent. The aim is for Tangle Company to be important opportunity for artists to work together to collaborate, develop new stage material and hone their craft, taking inspiring performances to parts of the UK where there is limited opportunity to access such work at first hand.

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Conferences in the UK & Abroad
Callaloo First Annual Conference
27th - 30th  November 2013, Pembroke College, Oxford University

This conference advances and challenges the newest theoretical scholarship emerging from the interdisciplinary fields of U.S.A.-derived Diaspora Studies and British-derived Trans-Atlantic Studies, as these fields have diverged and converged in relation to the idea of Africa. 'The Trans-Atlantic, the Diaspora, and Africa' also showcases African Diasporan creative writers, established and emerging, from Africa, the Caribbean, the UK, and the USA for readings in Oxford and London.

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AfriCAN Climate Knowledge Sharing Workshop and Award Ceremony
28th November 2013, ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center), Nairobi, Kenya
This one day event will showcase and share examples of integrated approaches of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as practiced in Africa. There will be discussion about how knowledge platforms help African farmers and residents to better adopt climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies.

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BIEA Seminar - 
Embers Of Empire: Towards A World History Of End Of Britain
Friday 6th December 2013, 10.30am, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi

Professor Stuart Ward & Christian Damm Pedersen, University of Copenhagen
Chair: Professor Ambreena Manji, British Institute in Eastern Africa

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TEDx Euston
Saturday 7th December, The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, London

TEDx Euston aims to reflect ideas and inspired thinking of a new generation of African thinkers and leaders, presenting to an audience committed to engaging and re-engaging in an active and meaningful manner with the continent. Includes presentations from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), Herman Mashaba (South Africa), Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya), Nkwo Onwuka (Nigeria), Sada Mire (Somalia) Redi Tlhabi (South Africa).

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The Lagos Dialogues 2013
12th – 15th December, Lagos, Nigeria

Bringing together scholars and creative professionals from Africa for this international conference and dialogue on buildings, culture, and the built environment in Africa. Hosted by the organisation ArchiAfrika, based in Ghana, with support from organisations and institutions throughout Africa, and across the world. Its main aim is to provide a venue and forum for discussion, debate and academic discourse on emerging themes related to the African City and the built environment on the continent.

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Exhibition by Trevor Marchard, SOAS - Mud Masons of Mali
Natural History Museum in Washington D.C,. open until April 2014.

The exhibition is curated by Mary Jo Arnoldi and Trevor H J Marchand, and it features a new documentary film, Masons of Djenne, 2013, 22 minutes. Directed by Trevor H J Marchand, executive producer Mary Jo Arnoldi, videographer Pete Durgerian.

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Call for papers:  GAPSYM7: Africa and Food: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities

Food and Africa, Africa and Food – to many in the West these two terms are closely linked, though only on a very superficial level: Africa is either associated with a lack of food and famine, or with gastronomy and the cultivation of exotic fruits. By organizing an international conference on Africa and Food, the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association will look beyond such superficial connotations. Its aim is to contribute to the scholarly debate in which food is not only seen in terms of problematic situations in Africa, but also and primarily in terms of new challenges and opportunities that have emerged in the area.

Deadline for abstracts: 6th December 2013.

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Southern Africa City Studies Conference 2014
27th – 29th March 2014, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

As a partnership between the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town, the conference offers an exciting platform for Southern African scholarship on cities. Enquiries should be submitted to

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Call for Papers: LSE Africa Summit - Emerging trends in African Entrepreneurship
4th- 5th April 2014, London School of Economics

The inaugural LSE Africa Summit will be held on 4th - 5th April 2014 as part of a broader set of initiatives hosted by the Department of International Development, LSE. It aims to engage the university with Africa through a wide range of partnerships, programmes and activities. The two-day Summit, comprising a Business Conference (4th April 2014) and a Research Conference (5th April 2014) is aimed at creating a platform for Africans and non-Africans to capture, discuss and add value to the changes and opportunities that are emerging in Africa.

Deadline for full papers: 10th December 2013

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Call for Papers: AEGIS Thematic Conference - ‘Africa in the Global South: biographies of mobility and aspirations of success’
15th -17th  May 2014 Frankfurt, Germany

South-south connections between Africa and other regions of what has come to be known as the Global South have existed for centuries, but, since the end of the Cold War, new patterns of interaction have emerged. As many recent studies evidenced, in fact, countries such as China, India and Brazil play today a highly influential role in defining emerging political, economic and cultural scenarios throughout the African continent. However, beyond the macro-narratives about new forms of south-south political and economic engagement that this geopolitical landscape has generated, a much less investigated universe of interactions, transactions and movements of people, objects, stories and ideas successfully proliferates.

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Call for Papers: Scientific Council for The Problems of Economic, Social, Political & Cultural Development of African Countries
27th – 30th May 2014, 
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

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Call for Panels and Papers: ASAUK Biennial Conference 2014
9th – 11th September 2014, University of Sussex

While we are not attempting to give the conference an overarching 'theme', we would encourage individuals, journals, centres and networks to offer a single or series of panels on particular topics so that there can be sequential debate through the conference.

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  • Call for Abstracts: Africa and/in the Age of Festivalization
    A symposium organized by Lindiwe Dovey and Carli Coetzee (SOAS) as part of the ASAUK Biennial Conference 2014.

    Panelists from and/or working across varied disciplines (Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Film Studies, History, Literary Studies, Postcolonial Studies etc.) are encouraged to submit abstracts.

    Click here to download full symposium details (.doc 14KB)

Call for Panels and Papers: 12th North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA)
17th – 19th October 2014, California State University, San Bernardino, Vermont, USA

We encourage scholars from all disciplines who are currently working on southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) to submit proposals. Drawing on the successful precedents of the former Southern African Research Program at Yale and the Canadian Research Consortium on Southern Africa, this program is designed to give southern Africanists the opportunity for close and intensive discussion of work across a wide variety of scholarly fields.

Deadline for abstracts: 31st March 2014

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Call for Papers: Journal of Southern African Studies 1st Biennial Conference: Southern Africa beyond the West: Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS & the Global South
7th-10th August 2015, Livingstone, Zambia

The primary aim of the conference will be to consider Southern Africa’s place in a future world in which the influence of Western powers is in relative decline. To this end it will focus on social, political and cultural aspects of the region’s relationships with other regions, including the Lusophone world, China, India, Russia and their spheres of influence, as well as examples of South-South linkages, recognising at the outset that what are presented as new linkages have a long history.

Deadline for paper proposals:  1st August 2014
Final paper deadline: 1st May 2015
Queries to Lyn Schumaker:

Call for Panels & Papers: National Conference of the South African Association of Political Studies -  South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and Prognosis
September 2014, Pretoria, South Africa

An opportunity for the broad political science community in South Africa to focus its attention on analyzing the political dynamics and trends in South Africa, comparing it with similar cases, providing explanations and identifying trends, to test theoretical premises and look for opportunities of conceptualizing specific aspects of South African politics or engaging in different forms of theory building and teaching and learning in Political Science.

Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2014

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CAS Events

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Funding Opportunities & Prizes




Leventis Nigerian Post-Doctoral Fellowship in London
The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.
PLEASE NOTE: Leventis co-operation programme applicants must be Nigerian nationals residing in Nigeria.
Next deadline: 31 May 2014

Leventis Fellowship Further details

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI)
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Centre of African studies, in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has launched a new initiative that aim to build skills, develop talent, and enable Africans to improve the quality of governance in their countries. The programme has four strands:
  • PhD Scholarships at SOAS.
Next deadline to apply
30 April  2014

  • MSc Scholarships at SOAS.
Next deadline to apply April 30 2014
  • Residential Schools in Africa.
Next deadline to apply 
01 December 2013
  • Governance conversations to be streamed to PCs and other media in Africa. Click here for more information.
NEWS: One of our Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD scholars, Ms Robtel Pailey,has been recognised in the 2013 “99 Under 33” - an international list of the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The prestigious award was launched in 2011 in the US by global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, an organisation helping to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders.
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The Centre of African studies is currently working in partnership with AFFORD (Africa Foundation for Development) on the Africa-UK project funded by Comic relief to enhance the impact of the African Diaspora in International Development.
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Funding Opportunities & Prizes

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDiA) at SOAS

  • PhD Scholarships
    Next deadline to apply: 30th April 2014
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  • MSc Scholarships
    Next deadline to apply: 30th April 2014
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  • Residential School in Africa (Mauritius)
    Next deadline to apply: 15th December 2013
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Leventis Nigerian Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SOAS
The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.
PLEASE NOTE: Leventis co-operation programme applicants must be Nigerian nationals residing in Nigeria.

Next deadline to apply: 31 May 2014
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The Culture of Resistance Scholarships at SOAS

A new set of MSc/MA scholarhips are now available for students from DRC, Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone (as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and Burma) to pursue study at SOAS. To request an application

Other SOAS Scholarships

On the SOAS Scholarship website you can also find information about other scholarships specifically for African students:

  • The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS.  There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries:
    Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.  

  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)

  • Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)

  • Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica

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ASAUK Teaching Fellowship Scheme, 2014
ASAUK is offering a £9,000 grant to support a teaching fellowship in the Social
Sciences or Humanities for a UK-based academic to work in an African
university. ASAUK is looking for applications from early career academics who
have finished doctoral degrees on African topics in British universities since 2009.
The award is open to applicants of any nationality who have graduated from a
British university. The award is designed to cover 3-4 months’ subsistence with
additional travel expenses provided for one international airfare
Deadline for applications: 31st March 2014
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University of Sussex Funding Opportunities

Professor Clionadh Raleigh, University of Sussex, is looking for a 2-year postdoctoral fellow to work on the spatial and temporal dynamics of conflict, with a focus on Africa. A key component of this work is to examine disaggregated data and create innovative methods to discern subnational patterns in conflict incidence, type and impacts. 

The ERC funded ‘Geographies of Political Violence Project’ is recruiting two PhD students to begin in 2014. Each studentship includes a tax-free maintenance bursary of £16000 per year for three years, plus a waiver of UK/EU fees for 3.5 years for one student. 

Contact  Prof. Clionadh Raleigh at

Click here to download application information (.doc 17KB)

W. E. B. Research Institute Fellowships, Harvard University

Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies. Fellows work in a range of fields and interests, including art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, and creative writing.

Deadline for applications: 8th December 2013

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Audrey Richards prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies

The Audrey Richards Prize is awarded biennially for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies which has been successfully examined in a United Kingdom institute of higher education during the two calendar years immediately preceding the ASAUK Biennial Conference.

The 2012/ 2013 prize will be for theses examined between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013.
Nominations must be made by supervisors or examiners, with the permission of the candidate, by 31st March 2014
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