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Call for Fellowship Applications: Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)

Centre for research on local knowledge "Point Sud (South)"
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“Point Sud, Muscler le savoir local”, a Bamako based Institute for Advanced Studies, invites applications for a three year fellowship from early career scholars based at African universities. Successful applicants will be part of a cohort of 15 early career scholars in the Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA). PAPA is a Three-year post-doctoral training programme, held mostly in French, and generously funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Mamadou Diawara (University of Frankfurt, Germany) and Prof. Elísio Macamo (University of Basel, Switzerland). The courses in Bamako will take place every year in the first two weeks of March and September, starting in March 2020 and ending in September 2022. The programme aims at fostering among promising early career African scholars in the social sciences and humanities a commitment to the value of scholarship for its own sake, cultivating their interest in conceptual understanding and promoting an orientation towards the use of knowledge acquired in Africa to contribute to the further development of science in general.

The programme focuses thematically on conflict, migration, youth and urbanization in Africa. Applicants should have finished their PhD not longer than 10 years before applying and should not be older than 50 years of age. Excellent French and a good command of English are basic requirements. Applicants are invited to set out in writing (10 pages in total, only French language accepted) the issue they want to deal with, literature review in the field, how they want to deal with it methodologically, theoretically and conceptually, its relevance to their discipline (social sciences and the humanities) as they understand it, and the scholarly challenges it raises also for the application of their new skills into their own academic activities in their home universities.

Fellows will receive a monthly grant of 300 € on top of travel funds allowing them to attend the courses in Bamako. Meals and hotel expenses are covered in Bamako. A lump sum fund of 10.000 € is foreseen to organize workshops at the home institution, invite researchers and collaboration partners, to attend conferences (in their home countries and abroad), conduct research and work on their publications. Please consult the link below for more detailed information, including the requirements of mentorship and institutional overheads. Female researchers are strongly encourage to apply.

Call for Fellowship Applications: Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)