Terms of Fellowship

Our postdoctoral program invites two African scholars whose Africa-related research corresponds to Harvard’s graduate and professional school programs to work in residence at Harvard University in Cambridge and in Johannesburg for a period of two years. During this period, postdocs teach an Africa-related course within the Department of African and African American Studies or another department at Harvard. They are empowered to pursue their own research, utilizing the breadth of faculty resources and support at Harvard. Our postdocs also participate in the activities of the Center for African Studies, including conferences and workshops, are expected to present their work publicly, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus. In addition, Fellows spend time in the Center’s Africa Office, where fellows participate in the development of online courses and other resources in African Studies and engage with African scholarly and intellectual communities through the Center for African Studies’ partnership with Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) in South Africa.

In addition to contributing to Harvard University’s academic community, fellows: 

  • Commit to a two-year fellowship experience, split equally between Cambridge and Johannesburg 

  • Meet regularly with faculty mentors to support academic growth at Harvard University and in Africa

  • Teach one course per semester, with guidance from faculty mentors 

  • Present their research work in public forums

  • Take part in selected programs at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning to develop pedagogical skills

The Center for African Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides a monthly stipend to cover housing; cost of living including food and health insurance; taxes; books and supplies and other expenses.