AfOx Visiting Fellows Program

The AfOx Visiting Fellows Program is designed to enhance academic mobility and network building. The program supports African scholars and researchers working in any discipline to spend periods of flexible time in Oxford, for example as sabbatical leave for utilising library or other university facilities or undertaking or planning collaborative research with Oxford based colleagues. Applicants should provide details of an Oxford university host i.e. someone with an academic/research post in Oxford in the applicant’s field of interest who will work with them to maximise the usefulness of the time spent in Oxford. This may be an existing academic collaborator or a new potential collaborator with whom the applicant has established contact before applying for the Fellowship. Scroll down this page for Frequently Asked Questions and How to Apply


– Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or research equivalent.
– Legal resident of an African country holding an appointment in an African academic or research institution.
– With an existing collaboration with Oxford or in contact with a potential collaborator at Oxford.

Application Deadline: Midnight, 11th March, 2018 (GMT)

Our Partner Colleges: St Edmund’s Hall, St Peter’s College, Christ Church College, Brasenose College, Jesus College, All Souls College

How To Apply

Read the details above keenly and make note of deadlines and eligibility criteria.
If you have any questions or concerns please refer to the FAQs section below before contacting the AfOx team.
Be clear on your goals, to ensure the fellowship is right for you. Define what you expect to learn and accomplish, and how the experience will impact your career when you get back. State these details succinctly in your proposed project section.
Ensure you contact your proposed Oxford host ahead of making your application. If you do not currently have one, you may search the Oxford Website or the AfOx database to find and contact a potential academic collaborator.
While filling the application form, you can click on the information buttons for descriptions of the expected details, and make a note of word limits where applicable. Please attach all the required documents in the correct format using the required file names.

Frequently Asked Questions for AfOx Visiting Fellowships

This document will be updated regularly, please keep referring to it before sending us an inquiry.

How are AfOx Visiting fellows selected?

Applications will be reviewed primarily on the quality and value added of the proposed research agenda, the fit between the applicant and the Oxford host, and the feasibility of the proposed activities in the timescale of the fellowship.

Do I need to have a PhD to apply?

Visiting Fellows must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status at the time of application. Applicants must be holding an appointment in an African academic or research institution at the time of application.

Do I need an Oxford collaborator?

You are required to enter the details of the proposed Oxford host academic and the department at which you intend to undertake your fellowship in the application. You may already have established links or, alternatively, can search the AfOx database for potential collaborators and contact them before making the application.

What is the role of the Oxford collaborator?

The Oxford collaborators will host the fellows in their respective departments and provide academic support during the fellowship. The Oxford host will be required to send a statement of support indicating their willingness to be the academic contact during the fellowship. It should be in PDF format, on headed paper, and signed. Any applications received whose statements do not match these criteria will be considered ineligible.

How do I get an Oxford collaborator?

You can search the AfOx database or use The University of Oxford Divisions and Departments list for potential collaborators and contact them before making the application.

Is there a limit to the number of applications an Oxford collaborator can support?

No, there is no limit on the number of applications Oxford collaborator can support.

Does my institution need to apply on my behalf?

The application should be completed by the prospective visiting fellow. However, applications will not be considered until a statement from the Oxford academic host/collaborator has been received. A letter of support from your home institution is useful but not required.

When can I start the fellowship?

Applicants will be asked in the application to provide their preferred start date of the Visiting Fellowship, between July and September 2018. Under exceptional circumstances, start dates outside this time period will be considered. AfOx will work with successful applicants and their academic hosts to set the exact start date taking into account college availability and other considerations.

What is included in the fellowship?

The Fellows appointed will be provided with an en-suite, single occupancy study bedroom with all meals provided in the host College. A temporary University card for and temporary membership to the college Senior Common Room will be granted for the period of residency. The fellowship will also include airfare, visa fee and a maintenance allowance for incidental expenses.

What is the duration of the fellowship?

The fellowships will be undertaken for 4 to 6 weeks between July and September 2018. Under exceptional circumstances, start dates outside this time period will be considered. Please be aware that applications will be reviewed, in part, on the basis of the work you intend to achieve in the timescale you set out.

Will AfOx help me get my visa?

AfOx will send supporting documents for visa application to successful applications, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to make a timely visa application and ensure that they meet all other requirements. The visa fee and related expenses will be reimbursed upon arrival.

Previous Fellows

  • Dr Elima Jedy-Agba, Nigeria - 2017

    Dr Elima Jedy-Agba, Nigeria - 2017

    Dr. Elima Jedy-Agba MBBCH, MSc. PhD. is a research fellow and coordinator of the International Research Centre of Excellence (IRCE) at the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. She has a first degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, a Master’s degree in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health, both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.
  • Prof. Gerald Chikozho Mazarire, Zimbabwe - 2017

    Prof. Gerald Chikozho Mazarire, Zimbabwe - 2017

    Prof. Gerald Chikozho Mazarire is an Associate Professor in the History Department of the Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe. He holds a DPhil in History from the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests are on Zimbabwe, pre-colonial communities, liberation movements and the state.
  • Dr. David Ssevviiri, Uganda - 2017

    Dr. David Ssevviiri, Uganda - 2017

    Dr. David Ssevviiri is a Departmental Head of Mathematics at Makerere University in Uganda, and overall coordinator of the Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme. He is a Senior Lecturer and an active researcher in the area of algebra

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