SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Projects and Sponsorships

The Centre of African Studies is committed to academic collaboration with universities in Africa. Since the 1990s, the Centre of African Studies has welcomed African academics as Visiting Scholars under several Fellowship schemes.

The Centre is grateful to its sponsors both past and present and is continually 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 (

Current Projects:

Leventis Nigerian Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Information can be downloaded from the Leventis page.

Governance for Development Initiative 

GDAI provides PhD Scholarships. For more information visit the Governance for Development Initiative page.

Past Projects:

Africa Business Link 

In 2010 the Centre of African Studies was awarded £12,000 by the Knowledge Transfer Initiative to develop a programme for Business in Africa. The main activity organised in 2011, as part of the Africa Business Link: Knowledge Transfer Project, was a two day Business Conference.

SOAS Academics visit Africa

During 2010 and 2011 the Centre ran the pilot project SOAS Academics visit Africa which connected SOAS Academics who were planning to visit Africa with a University convenient to their research destination. The aim was to allow leading experts to share their latest research through a series of free lectures. We are grateful to the Shuttleworth Foundation who kindly funded this initiative.

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.