AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme

The AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme is designed to allow exceptional African researchers to build international networks and focus on a project of their choice in collaboration with Oxford-based scholars.

Providing opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations

Fellows will be affiliated with the University of Oxford for 12 months,  including ten months of virtual engagement and a two month in-person visit to Oxford between April to June(Trinity term). During the Fellowship, AfOx Fellows are associated with a Department and a College within the University. 

To apply for a fellowship,  all applicants must have an Oxford-based researcher named as their collaborator on their application. Further information for applicants and Oxford researchers can be found in our guide for fellowship applicants, and our guide for collaborators.

AfOx fellowships are open to all disciplines across all the University departments. We welcome applications from all academic disciplines and strongly encourage applications from female and underrepresented researchers.

AfOx fellows have developed long-term partnerships with colleagues in Oxford, which have led to significant research outcomes, including joint publications, new research projects, breakthroughs in engagement with African policy-makers and substantial research funding. Through the programme, African scholars have made significant contributions to the intellectual and social life of Oxford while simultaneously gaining opportunities for accessing the range of resources, knowledge and expertise in the University. Click here to read more our fellows

All AfOx fellowship applications are made through an application portal

About the Fellowship Programme

During my tenure, I completed a structured study analysing the suitability of implementing genomic research in Liberia- the first study of its kind for Liberia. I collaborated with a colleague at the University of Oxford to submit two competitive grant applications on public health emergencies and outbreak response. Most importantly, I was able to explore and identify common research priorities and capacity strengthening opportunities for collaborations among my colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa, primarily West Africa.
Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy, Senior AfOx Visiting Fellow

AfOx Visiting Fellowship Partners:

A number of the AfOx fellowships are offered in collaboration with key partners at the University of Oxford. These include TORCH, Oxford Department for International Development, The Law Faculty, The Mathematical Institute, The Refugee Studies Centre, the African Studies Centre, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Corpus Classical Fellowship and Improving Equitable Access to Healthcare.

During my enriching time at Oxford, my access to the Bodleian Library's archival materials allowed me deep dives into the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, enhancing my understanding significantly. Affiliated with the Oxford Department of International Development and Wolfson College, I enjoyed the supportive community, discussing research and teaching with both students and academics. A highlight was launching my book, 'Sisters in the Struggle, Women of Indian origin in South Africa’s Liberation Struggle, vol. 1' at St Cross, Oxford, connecting with publishers, students, academics, and South Africans in Oxford.
Prof Kalpana Hiralal, Senior AfOx Visiting Fellow

Frequently Asked Questions for Fellowship Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions for Fellowship Collaborators

AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme Information Session