Visiting Fellowship Schemes
The Centre of African Studies is committed to Academic collaboration with Universities in Africa.
Since 1993 the Leventis Research Co-operation Programme (for Nigerian academics) has been sponsored by the Leventis Foundation. Between 1995 and 2005 the East African Visiting Scholarship Scheme (for Commonwealth East African academics), has been sponsored on occasions by British Council offices in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and supported by the Centres own funds. Occasional fellowships have also been sponsored by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2003, scholars from the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia) became eligible to apply under the redesignated EAVS scheme for Eastern African academics. The Centre of African Studies gratefully acknowledges its collaboration with Goodenough College, which provides our visitors with accommodation.
Presently, the Centre runs the Leventis Fellowship:
The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.
Applicants are invited to apply to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre. The scheme might be particularly appropriate for scholars working up a PhD thesis into publishable form.
The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme is devised to assist younger scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants will be expected to submit a complete curriculum vitae and a statement of their current research interests (of not more than 1,000 words) specifying the aims to be achieved during the research period in London.
For more information please see Leventis Fellowship
Moreover, since 2008, the Centre runs the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development Initiative:
This extraordinary gift from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation aims to enable Africans to improve the quality of governance in their countries by supporting them to build their skills and talents within an expert academic environment.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s £1.375 million gift will fund four dedicated programmes at SOAS:
- Leadership Development Fellowships
- Residential Schools in Africa
- Governance Lectures
- PhD Scholarships
We encourage enquiries about Applications for PhDs on topics relating to Governance and Development in Africa and for Visiting Fellowships on the topics of Leadership and Development (the latter applies also to non-academic applicants: the scheme will target young people with demonstrable leadership potential within their sector, enabling them to develop knowledge, contacts, and strategic plans during an 8-10 week period based in London).
Previous Residential Schools:
Dakar, Senegal 2009
Entebbe, Uganda 2010
Maputo, Mozambique, 2011
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2011
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012
For more information please see GDAI Residential Schools
Leadership Development Fellows 2010:
Dr. Jibrin Ibrhim, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development ( West Africa)
Dr Callistus Mahama, Institute of Local Government, Accra, Ghana.
PhD Scholars for the year 2009/2010:
Mr A Kasiya, "Decentralization, accountability, citizen participation and the district development planing process in Malawi".
Ms Cresencia A. Masawe, "Health Sector Reform and Women's Re productive Health Services in Rural Tanzania".
More information and application forms please see GDAI.
The Centre is grateful to its sponsors both past and present and is constantly seeking new funding from governmental and business sources. Any organisation wishing to enter into a collaborative arrangement is asked to contact the Chairman of the Centre of African Studies.
In addition to its Visiting Scholarships, the Centre is able to propose candidature for academic hospitality at the School of Oriental and African Studies to African scholars resident in London for periods of study. Any scholar wishing to apply for academic hospitality is asked to send an outline of current research and CV to the Centre of African Studies.
Leventis Research Co-operation Programme Fellows
- Dr Ogen
Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (Autumn 2008): Ethnic identity and traditional economy of the Ikale people of south-eastern Yorubaland
- Dr David Enweremadu
Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan (Autumn 2008): Anti-corruption and politics in Nigeria in the fourth Republic: 1999-2007.
- Dr Ibrahim Malumfashi
Department of African languages, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (Autumn 2007): The politics of abuse and the poetics of violence in Northern Nigeria, 1046-1966.
- Dr Moses Mamman
Department of Geography, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Autumn 2007): Mobility and HIV/AIDS: Issues of reproductive health among long-distance drivers in North-Western Nigeria.
- Dr Bolaji Bateye
Department of Religious Studies, Obfemi Awolowo University (Autumn 2006): Female Leaders of New Gneration Churches as Change – Agents in Yorubaland.
- Dr Freeborn Odiboh
Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Benin, Ekewan Campus, Benin City (Autumn 2006): Creative Reformation of Existing Traditions in African Art: the Iconography of the Abayomi Barber School.
- Dr Charles Ukeje
Department of International Relations, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (Autumn 2005): Oil capital, Ethnic nationalism and civil conflicts in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
- Dr Mohammed Lawal Amin
Department of Nigerian and African Languages, Ahmadu Bello University (Autumn 2005): Reformism as a theme in the 21st century Hausa religio-political prose.
- Dr Asonzeh Ukah
Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan (Autumn 2004): The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
- Dr Egodi Uchendu
Department of History, University of Nigeria (Autumn 2004): Anioma Women and the Nigerian Civil War, 1966-1979.
- Dr Oyeronke Olajubu
Department of Religions, University of Ilorin (2003)
- Dr Jackson Kizza Mukasa (2003)
- Dr George Tasie
Dept of Religious studies, University of Port Harcourt (2002)
- Dr O Okome
Theatre arts Department, University of Calabar (2002)
- Dr Mukhtar Umar Bunza
Department of History, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (Autumn 2001) Shariah and Christian-Muslim Relations in Northern Nigeria: A History of Persistent Encounter.
- Mr Umar Buratai
Department of English and Drama, Ahmadu Bello University (Autumn 2001): Public Spectating and Political Undertones in Durbal Display.
- Dr C U Uche
Department of Banking and Finance, University of Nigeria (Autumn 2000): The Role of the Bank of England in the Monetary and Financial System Development of British West Africa.
- Dr Caleb Folorunso
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan (Autumn 2000): Ethnoarchaeology in Africa, and Cultural Resource Management in Africa.
- Dr Victor A Isumonah
Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan (Autumn 2000): Oil, Federal Presence, Cultural Diversity and Organising For Change in the Oil-Region of Nigeria.
- Mr Dalha Waziri
Department of History, Bayero University (Autumn 1999): The history of the Gumel Emirate.
- Mr Magaji Tsoho
Department of Nigerian and African Languages, Ahmadu Bello University (Autumn 1999): –The Transformation of Hausa Court Song from 1850 to date.
- Dr Hannatu A Alahira
History Department, Ahmadu Bello University (Autumn 1999): The Role of Women in the Colonial Economy of the Jos Plateau from 1900 to 1960.
- Dr Ayodeji Olukoju
University of Lagos (Autumn 1998): (Maritime Trade in Lagos, 1914-50).
- Dr Emmanuel Olukemi Rotimi
Obafemi Awolowo University (Autumn 1998): A History of Native Administration Police Forces in Nigeria, 1900-1970).
- Mr Muhammadu Mustapha Gwadabe
Ahmadu Bello University (Autumn 1997): The Colonial History of Kano mirate.
- Dr Aliyu Bunza
Usmanu Danfodiyo University (Autumn 1997): Supernatural Forces in Hausa Traditional Medicine.
- Dr Erharbor Idemudia
University of Ibadan (Autumn 1996) Psychosocial Factors Determining Psychological Disorders Among Prison Inmates in Nigeria.
- Dr Joseph Eboreime
National Museum, Benin City (Autumn 1996): Group Identities and Changing Patterns of Alliances in the Niger-Delta, 1890-1991.
- Dr Chikelue Ofuebe
University of Nigeria (Spring 1996): State-Peasant Relations and Land Acquisition.
- Dr Bello Daudun Bada
Usmanu Danfodiyo University (Spring 1996): Hausa Proverbs.
- Dr Lawrence Olufemi Adewole
Obafemi Awolowo University (Spring 1996): Yoruba Linguistics and Dialectology.
- Dr Dele Jegede
University of Ibadan (Autumn 1995): Medical Sociology and Anthropology.
- Mr John-Tokpabere Agberia
University of Port Harcourt (Autumn 1995): Nigerian ceramics.
- Mr Salisu Abdullahi
Bayero University Kano (Summer 1993): Social Change, Crime and Society.
- Dr Mamman Sani Abdulkadiri
Bayero University Kano (Summer 1993): British Commercial Firms Dealing with Northern Nigeria, c. 1860-1939.
Commonwealth East African Visiting Scholarship Scheme Fellows
- Mr Jackson Mukasa Kizza
Institute of Languages, Makerere University, Kampala (Autumn 2002): The Study of Luganda proverbs: A Philosophical Perspective.
- Ms Violet Wawire
Educational Foundations Department, Kenyatta University (Autumn 2001): The Participation of Pastoral Communities in Educational Initiatives: An Evaluation of Government Primary Boarding and Mobile Schools in the North Eastern Province of Kenya.
- Dr Grace Wamue
Department of Religious Studies, Kenyatta University (Autumn 2001): Critical Religio-Political Analysis of the Mungiki.
- Mrs Vicky Khasandi
Department of Languages and Linguistics, Egerton University (Autumn 2001): Language Use in Kabras Conflict Resolution: Formal Courts and the Informal Omuse in Comparative Perspective.
- Dr Bertram Mapunda
Archaeology Unit, History Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam (Autumn 2000): analyses of slag and iron artefacts, and edit two book manuscripts Ufundichuma Asilia: Chimbuiko, Kukua and Kukoma kwake katika Afrika Mashariki na Kati (Indigenous Iron Technology: Origin, Development and its Termination in East and Central Africa), and The Teaching of Archaeology in African Universities: The case of the University of Dar es Salaam).
- Mr Kibet Ngetich
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Egerton University (Autumn 2000): Ethnic Relations in Kenya: Opportunities and Constraints to Inter-Ethnic Harmony in Njoro Division, Nakuru District, and Response to Illness in Urban Settings: Illness Experiences, Associated Factors and the Utilisation of African Traditional and Modern Western Medicine in Nairobi.
- Mr Babere Chacha
History Department, Egerton University (Spring 2000): Ecological Degradation in Kenya: The Impact of British American Tobacco Company's Contract Farming upon the Ecology of Marginal Areas of Kuria District of South-Western Kenya, 1969-1989.
- Ms Dominica Dipio
Department of Literature, Makerere University (Spring 2000): African film as an expression of African popular culture.
- Dr James Akampamuza
Makerere University Business School, Makerere University (Spring 1999): Governments' Contractual Process as a Factory Undermining Good Governance in Uganda.
- Mr Harrison Nyaga
Series on Alternative Research in East Africa Trust (Autumn 1998): 'Democratic Audit' Project: A Study on the State of Civil Society in East Africa.
- Mr Robert Mhamba
Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam (Autumn 1998): Financial Resource Transfer Savings, Investments and Agricultural Development in a Liberalised Market in Tanzania.
- Mr Hamza Mustafa Njozi
University of Dar es Salaam (Spring 1998): Design in Kiswahili Poetry.
- Dr Kineene wa Mutiso
University of Nairobi (Spring 1998): A Literary Analysis of Swahili Riddles.
- Ms Genevieve Kyarimpa
Makerere University (Autumn 1997): Gender and Politics.
- Ms Maria Mwikali Kioko
Egerton University (Autumn 1997): Gender Specific Issues in Urban Poverty: The Case of Low-Income Nairobi City Slums.
- Mr Elias Songoyi
University of Dar es Salaam (Spring 1997) Tanzanian Oral Poetry/Sukuma Dance Songs.
- Mrs Christine Kisamba-Mugerwa
Makerere University (Spring 1997) Food (In)security at the Household Level.
- Mr Peter Atekyereza
Makerere University (Spring 1997): The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on Family Structure and Functions.
- Ms May Christine Sengendo
Makerere University (Spring 1996): The Impact of the Social Economic Status of Households on Women’s Savings and Credit Mobilisation in Uganda.
- Mr Asiimwe Godfrey
Makerere University (Autumn 1995): Marketing Systems and the Agrarian Question in Africa
Association of Commonwealth Universities.
- Dr Hebron Ndlovu
Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Swaziland (academic year 2001/2002): The Doctrine of Divine Kingship in African Societies: The Case of Swazi Royal Ceremonies.