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. Scroll down this page for Frequently Asked Questions and How to Apply

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There are three fellowship schemes being offered for 2019.Please read full details about each fellowship below and select one to apply to.
Note that we will only accept one application, so do not apply for more than one fellowship.

The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship

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Eligibility

– 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.
– Open to all disciplines

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. Please engage with and agree on the proposed project with your Oxford host before making the application. Applications sent without the consent and support letter from the proposed Oxford host will be immediately disqualified.
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.

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The AfOx-TORCH Fellowship

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Launched in May 2013, TORCH provides an important opportunity for Oxford’s humanities scholars to collaborate with researchers across other disciplines and institutions and develop partnerships with public and private institutions. Read more about TORCH here.
The AfOx TORCH fellowships aim to connect world-leading researchers based in African institutions to Humanities scholars based at Oxford University. Applications are open to researchers with interdisciplinary projects from a broad range of research areas in the Humanities. The Fellow will be based in Oxford over the Summer period and work with Oxford researchers in the Humanities, and across other disciplines where appropriate, to develop research ideas, projects and events. This can include research papers, ideas for co-led projects, future joint research developments in the area of humanities. Examples of areas of priority are research related to history, languages, religion, environmental humanities, medical humanities, digital humanities, performance and cultural heritage. The Fellow will be welcomed into the Oxford community at TORCH and supported as part of the research community during their fellowship, with a view to develop a longer term research connection. If applicants have a connection with an Oxford Humanities researcher already, please state this in the application, however, successful applicants will be matched with suitable Oxford colleagues based on their proposed research project.

Eligibility

– Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.

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The AfOx-Law Fellowship

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The Faculty of Law in the University of Oxford is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. It is a federation of thirty law schools in the colleges of the University. Read more here.
The AfOx-Law fellowships target academics holding a full-time position in an African institution working on a topic within the broad range of research undertaken at the Faculty. This programme is intended for visiting scholars with a clearly defined research agenda, who wish to spend time in Oxford to make use of the Faculty’s research facilities. The fellowship is will be taken up in Michaelmas Term (October to November 2019)

Eligibility

– Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
– The successful applicants will be matched with the suitable academic hosts at the Faculty.
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The AfOx-ASC Fellowship

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Oxford University’s African Studies Centre is one of the world’s leading centres of African Studies. With particular strengths in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, the Centre enjoys a reputation for high quality, relevant research that plays a leading role in academic debates as well as public policy. Read more about the African studies Center here.
The AfOx ASC fellowships will allow academics in the Social Sciences and Humanities from African universities and research institutes to spend time in Oxford for writing a journal article or book chapter with a measure of guidance by a member of the Centre. This is a writing fellowship that provides opportunities for Africa-based scholars to spend time away from teaching and other obligations with the benefit of using the vast resources available in Oxford University for research, writing, mentoring and/or collaboration with an Oxford-based scholar. The fellows are expected to make a presentation of the draft work during or at the end of the fellowship at a ‘writing workshop’ where Oxford-based scholars will provide critical feedback for publication.
The fellowship is for up to 8 weeks and applications are encouraged from candidates in every region of Africa.

Eligibility

An applicant for the AfOx-ASC Visiting Fellowship must fulfil the following criteria:

– Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
– Have published at least any two of the following: a book, book chapters or journal articles in internationally-reputable outlets.
– Applicants are required to have two academic references detailing specific contributions of the applicant to particular fields of study, and how a writing fellowship will support career progression.
– The application includes submitting a research proposal that clearly outlines the organising theme of the proposed work to be undertaken during the fellowship and how the period of the fellowship will lead to the completion of the specific (part of the) project.

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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?

For the AfOx Collaborative Fellowship 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. Please engage with and agree on the proposed project with your Oxford host before making the application. Applications sent without the consent and support letter from the proposed Oxford host will be immediately disqualified.The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship is the only one requiring an Oxford collaborator. All other fellowship schemes do no require a collaborator.

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.
Please note for The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship you must: engage with and agree on the proposed project with your Oxford host before making the application. Applications sent without the consent and support letter from the proposed Oxford host will be immediately disqualified.

How do I get an Oxford collaborator?

Required only for The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship.
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,note that for The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship 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.
Note that for the AfOx-ASC Fellowships: The applicants need to upload two academic references detailing specific contributions of the candidate to their particular fields of study, and how the writing fellowship will support career progression.

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 2019. Applications wishing to start outside this time period may 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 8 weeks between July and September 2019. Under certain circumstances, start dates outside this time period may 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.
We will not support express visa applications.
The visa fee and related expenses will be reimbursed.

Can apply via email?

You can only apply via this link. Email applications will not be considered. Applications submitted after midnight -UTC- January 25th 2019 will not be considered.

When will the outcome of the fellowships be announced?

Successful applicants will be contacted no later than two months from the application closing date. If you have not heard back from us within two months please assume your application was unsucccesful. We will not be able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.


For any further enquiries please email us: afox@ndm.ox.ac.uk



Previous Fellows

  • Dr Christine Nalwadda Kayemba - 2018

    Dr Christine Nalwadda Kayemba - 2018

    Dr Christine Nalwadda Kayemba is a lecturer at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health in the department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Uganda. Her research focus area is maternal and perinatal health with a focus to newborn health and health systems.
  • Dr. Caesar Alimsinya Atuire - 2018

    Dr. Caesar Alimsinya Atuire - 2018

    Dr. Caesar Alimsinya Atuire is a lecturer a the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Philosopy. His research interest include: Holistic and intercultural perspectives in Bioethics. Moral, psychological and social questions surrounding suicide. Personhood in philosophy: theoretical and normative underpinnings. The interplay of secular and religious visions of person and society in contemporary Africa and Europe. The politics of development in Africa.
  • Dr. Abdelrazek Bedeer Abdelrazzak Sayed Ahmed- 2018

    Dr. Abdelrazek Bedeer Abdelrazzak Sayed Ahmed- 2018

    Abdelrazek is a researcher in the Spectroscopy Department, Physics Research Division at the National Reasearch Centre in Eygpt. He holds a DPhil in Radiation Biophysics from the Unicersity of Oxford. His research interest are the effect of ionizing radiation on perturbation of intercellular signaling between normal and pre-cancerous cells.
  • 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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