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January 2016
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Call for Papers

Centre of African Studies & Global Development Academy

When:   21-22 April 2016
Where: ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
Who:      African Studies scholars—Research and teaching faculty, students, writers/artists, and practitioners engaged with the production and critique of knowledge about/by/for/with/in Africa

The University of Edinburgh, Centre of African Studies and the Global Development Academy hope you will join them in revisiting these key debates in African Studies, and beyond, as they seek to blaze new trails and engage old struggles. Our 21st century generation of scholars is technologically savvy, increasingly interconnected, and yet, faced with persistently rigid political and institutional structures. Panels will address a range of thematic topics and active approaches to decolonizing the academy. We are soliciting papers that engage with issues of agency, legitimacy, and representation; empirical and analytical findings, research methods, and academic practice; and structural and institutional opportunities and obstacles.

If you would like to present a paper, please send the following:  Your paper title, Abstract (400-500 words),  Author bio (200 words) and Indicate to which panel/theme you are submitting, and any technical equipment your presentation may require

Further enquiries about non-conventional submissions can be directed to Zoe Marks at (

For further information, please visit their website

All applications should be submitted to by 31 January 2016.

Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth
Call for Paper – Footprints and Futures: The time of Anthropology

The call for papers is now open for ‘Footprints and Futures: The time of Anthropology’ conference 2016. before you propose a paper, please read the theme, the rules below, and then browse the list of panels.
Proposals must consist of:

  • a paper/contribution/poster title
  • the name/s and email address/es of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

All proposals must be made via the online form, not by email. There is a 'propose a paper' link beneath the long abstract of each panel page. Go to the panel page you are interested in and then click on this proposal link to make your proposal direct to that panel.
The deadline is 15th February.

Call for Proposals - EXTENDED DEADLINE: 25th JANUARY 2016
CODESRIA is pleased to announce that the deadline for submitting papers and flash presentations for “Innovation, transformation and sustainable futures in Africa”, June 1-4, 2016, Dakar, Senegal has been extended to JANUARY 25, 2016. This conference, hosted by the American Anthropological Association, African Studies Association, CODESRIA, and WARA/WARC will present an occasion to focus interdisciplinary research attention on Africa’s future, engaging academics and practitioners from around the world.
Details of the conference program, submission guidelines, and online submission forms are available on the official conference website

Call for submissions: The Politics of Armed Struggle in Southern Africa
23-26 November 2016 | University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)

Proposals are being invited for original research papers (these should be in the form of 300 word abstracts), full panels, personal or autobiographical reflections, theoretical contributions, as well as applications for artistic installations and cultural productions on any topic related to the armed struggle. Some of themes for engagement may include:

Please click her for full call for paper.

Contact the organisers at 

Closing date for submissions: 29 February 2016.

Call for Papers Open:
International Conference Colonial Incarceration in the 20th century: A Comparative Approach | On the 80th Anniversary of the Tarrafal Camp|Aljube Museum, Lisbon, 21-22-23 July 2016 | CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN:  DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY  2016
Funding Opportunities 

The Centre of African Studies offers 3 MSc and 1 PhD scholarship to African residents as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 

Find more information on how to apply to the 
MSc scholarships here.
Find more information on how to apply to the PhD scholarship here.

Deadline to apply: 30 April 2016

For further information contact

The Thomas Gale Scholarship for Kenyan and US Students
SOAS Academic Summer School, University of London

The SOAS Academic Summer School is please to announce the availability of 4 fully funded scholarships for the summer school. With 2 of these to be allocated to undergraduate Kenyan students, the other 2 to US students. Students are able to apply for one of the three week summer school courses offered as part of SOAS Academic Summer School.

For Application details, Deadline and how to apply, please visit this link.



Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Opportunity
The China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS-CARI), directed by Professor Deborah Brautigam, will offer one post-doctoral research fellow position for a twelve-month period between July 2016 and June 2017. Fellows will spend approximately half of their time on their own research projects, and half providing support to other CARI research projects. This support could include leading CARI research assistants in cleaning and analyzing data on Chinese finance and investment in Africa, organizing and implementing desk and field studies, drafting research papers and policy briefs, presenting at conferences, and assisting with outreach activities and communications as necessary

For more details please click here.

The deadline for this application is February 26, 2016. We will contact your referees after that date. Rank and salary will be contingent on qualifications. Candidates will be notified by March 30, 2016 of the results of their application, while a formal offer will be made in April 2016.
Please contact with any questions. We appreciate your further dissemination of this posting to interested candidates

In 2012, the University of California, Berkeley became a partner in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a $500 million education initiative that will provide 15,000 talented, yet economically disadvantaged students from developing countries – particularly in Africa – with comprehensive support for secondary and university education. At UC Berkeley, this program will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counseling – to 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020. The scholars will pursue both undergraduate and professional master's degrees.
For more information and how to apply pleaser follow this link. How to Apply.


Mobility Grant

The North South Cooperation of the University of Zurich (UZH), in collaboration with the Oeuvre St.-Justin Fribourg, is awarding grants to up to three mobility students from African universities for the academic year 2016-17. The grants can be used to study one or two semesters at UZH.

Grants are only awarded if a professor at UZH guarantees supervision and has a strong interest in working with the mobility student’s home institution.


Applications for the academic year 2016/17 must be submitted by 15 February 2016 at the Coordination Center North South. The decision on awarding the grants will be announced by 4 April 2016.

For mor information on how to apply, please visit this link.

Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) is delighted to launch a second round of the postdoctoral research award named after Colin Murray, longstanding Editorial Board member and former editor and chair, who died in October 2013.

The Colin Murray Award scheme welcomes applications from post-doctoral researchers within two years after the award of their PhD for up to £3,000 to support original ‘engaged field research’ on a topic relevant to the diverse interests and work of the late Colin Murray.

Please return your completed application, along with a short CV (maximum of two A4 pages in 12pt) to Dr Colin Stoneman by midnight on31 January 2016
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