Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions for Fellowship Applicants
These FAQs provide important pointers to requirements for the application. Please read through them before completing an application.
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.
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.
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 not require a 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.
No, there is no limit on the number of applications Oxford collaborator can support.
No, you cannot apply for a Fellowship if you have an existing affiliation at the University of Oxford. Submission of an application by a candidate currently affiliated with the University of Oxford will automatically disqualify the applicant.
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.
Note that for the AfOx-ASC Fellowships: The applicants need two academic references detailing specific contributions of the candidate to their particular fields of study, and how the writing fellowship will support career progression.
Applicants will be asked in the application to provide their preferred start date of the Visiting Fellowship, between July and September 2020. 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.
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.
The fellowships will be undertaken for 4 to 8 weeks between July and September 2020. 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.
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.
You can only apply via the link of the Fellowship page. Email applications will not be considered. Applications submitted after midnight -UTC- January 31st 2020 will not be considered.
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.
Yes, it is not necessary for your collaborator to be part of the host colleges, but they must be affiliated to the University of Oxford.
You are eligible to apply if you are a national of any African country or have indefinite leave to remain in any African country. You must also have a position in an African university/research institution domiciled in an African country and are a legal resident in the host country of your institution.
Our database only includes Oxford collaborators who have already signed onto it. You are welcome to identify a suitable collaborator from their University of Oxford webpage and contact them directly.
No, you can only apply for one fellowship. Submission of multiple applications will automatically disqualify the applicant.
The application process allows one to make changes to the application while it is still in draft form and to save it on the platform until a later time or date when one is ready to submit. An application can no longer be edited once it has been submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions for Fellowship Collaborators
No. The main aim of the visiting fellowships is to foster the development of new collaborations and while it may support existing research links, it is not intended to be used as alternative additional support for already established collaborations or ongoing projects.
The department will be required to provide work space, IT support including obtain an SSO, building access and library services for the fellow. AfOx will take charge of all the logistics for the fellows including travel, accommodation and stipend.
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