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Isaac Newton Trust and A G Leventis Foundation Visiting Fellowships 2023-24

Call for applications now closed - shortlisted candidates will be contacted in due course.

Visiting Research Fellowships 2023-24

The Centre of African Studies, with generous assistance from the  A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, is pleased to announce two Visiting Research Fellowships to be held at the University of Cambridge.

Applications are invited for Visiting Research Fellowships to commence between 1 October and 1 December, 2023. The maximum duration of a Fellowship is six months and is non-renewable.

Fellows will have access, by agreement, to the holdings of Faculty and Departmental libraries, to the library of the Centre of African Studies and to the University Library.

Travel, visa, college accommodation, and maintenance costs will be paid by the Centre on behalf of the fellow. The Centre is not able to provide additional sums for the travel and living expenses of anyone accompanying the Fellow to Cambridge. The sum is not subject to tax in the UK.

The aim of the Fellowships is to enable the fellows to focus on a period of research and writing in Cambridge.

Applications are invited from candidates in all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants are expected to have completed a doctoral degree before the Fellowship start date. Preference will be given to candidates with a distinguished research profile commensurate with their academic rank. Early- to mid-career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. For one of the fellowships, we especially invite applications with an orientation towards environmental themes, broadly defined, from any discipline in the social sciences, arts, or humanities. Offers are normally made to applicants who are based in African universities or research institutions. It is expected that applicants would come to Cambridge to work on a project that builds on existing research for which a period of residence in Cambridge is demonstrably appropriate. They should present a clear and feasible plan for preparing one or more pieces of work for publication. The initiation of a new research project will not be ruled out where there is a realistic expectation that it could be substantially advanced by the end of the tenure of the Fellowship.

Candidates are requested to submit a CV and research proposal in which they should describe what they will achieve during the Fellowship, how the resources of Cambridge will help them to achieve that, and how the Fellowship fits into their broader research agenda. Each document should not exceed 2 pages in length, and should be sent to

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