SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Visiting Fellowship Schemes

The Centre of African Studies is committed to Academic collaboration with Universities in Africa, and currently the Leventis Research Co-operation Programme (for Nigerian academics) sponsored 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.
Further information about the Leventis Fellowship

Sponsorship Proposals

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 manager of the Centre of African Studies to discuss any possibilities further.

Academic Hospitality

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.

Previous Fellowship Schemes

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development Initiative (GDAI) Leadership Development Fellowships 2008 - 2010

Part of the initial £1.375 million gift from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation was allocated towards Leadership Development Fellowships, bringing to SOAS young people with demonstrable leadership potential within their sector, enabling them to develop knowledge, contacts, and strategic plans during an 8-10 week period. The scheme’s aim was 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.

East African Visiting Scholarship Scheme

Between 1995 and 2005 the Centre ran the East African Visiting Scholarship Scheme for Commonwealth East African academics. The scheme was sponsored 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 provided our visitors with accommodation.

Previous Fellows

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.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development Initiative (GDAI) Leadership Development Fellows
  • Dr. Jibrin Ibrhim, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (West Africa)
  • Dr Callistus Mahama, Institute of Local Government, Accra, Ghana.
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.