African Studies Fellows: Call for Applications

African Studies Fellows:

See below for applications for both Master's and Undergraduate students

Call for Applications for Master’s African Studies Fellows, 2015-16

Overview: We are inviting applications to participate in the inaugural year of the African Studies Master’s Fellows program, which is aimed at students from any discipline at the University of Chicago who are planning to write an MA thesis on Africa.  Our activities will center around the African Studies Workshop, which meets on a bi-weekly basis and engages with scholarship from a variety of disciplines.

This program will bring together MA students and faculty from around the university who share an interest in the continent. Our objective is to cultivate a community of peer interlocutors and a space of critical conversation that will benefit the students’ thinking about Africa. We also see this program as serving as a resource for Master’s students navigating their way around the university as they are also conceiving and carrying out an extended research project.

Obligations and Responsibilities: This program is meant to provide support for MA students who are studying Africa, some of whom may be working in relative isolation within their own discipline or department.  We expect that students who are selected to be fellows will participate in the African Studies Workshop bi-weekly meetings and, depending on interest and demand, in other gatherings that will be organized for the group.  Group activities will be largely student-driven, but they may include: a discussion of research challenges and strategies; a roundtable on career and educational futures; and an outing to a Chicago African restaurant.

Eligibility: Students from any discipline who are enrolled in an MA program are eligible to apply.

Application Process: Please submit a resumé and a short letter that explains your interest in Africa and how it relates to your Master’s program of study.  Application materials should be submitted to Professors François Richard (Anthropology, fgrichard@uchicago.edu) and Emily Lynn Osborn (History, eosborn1@uchicago.edu) by Monday, September 25.  Our first gathering will take place after the second African Studies Worshop meeting on Tuesday, October 20.

Call for Applications for Undergraduate African Studies Fellows, 2015-16

Overview: We are inviting applications to participate in the second year of the African Studies Undergraduate Fellows program, which is aimed at students at the University of Chicago from any discipline or realm of study who are writing their BA essays on Africa.  Fellows will have the opportunity to meet periodically through the academic year with students and faculty who share an interest in the continent. Our objective is to cultivate a community of peer interlocutors and a space of critical conversation that will benefit the students’ research and thinking about Africa.

Obligations and Responsibilities: This program is meant to provide support and advising for undergraduate students who are studying Africa, many of whom work in relative isolation within their own major or department.  We expect that students who are selected to be fellows will participate in our once-monthly activities, and that they will take full advantage of the intellectual and practical opportunities that will come from gathering together with other Africanist faculty and students on campus.  Group activities will be largely student-driven, but they may include activities such as a discussion of research challenges and strategies; career and educational futures; a visit to a Chicago African restaurant; and a film screening and discussion. African Fellows will also be encouraged to attend Africa-related talks and workshops, and will have the chance to meet with guest scholars and other visitors invited at these events.  

Eligibility: Students from any discipline who are writing a BA essay on Africa are eligible to apply. 

Application Process: Please submit a resumé and a short, one-page letter that explains your interest in Africa and how it relates to your BA essay.  Application materials should be submitted to Professors François Richard (Anthropology, fgrichard@uchicago.edu) and Emily Lynn Osborn (History, eosborn1@uchicago.edu) by Friday, September 25.