The AfOx Visiting Fellows Program is designed to enhance academic mobility and network building. The program supports African scholars and researchers working in any discipline to spend periods of flexible time in Oxford, for example as sabbatical leave for utilising library or other university facilities or undertaking or planning collaborative research with Oxford based colleagues.

Here are some fellowship schemes being offered for 2019. Please read full details about each fellowship below and select one to apply to.
Note that one application will accepted, so do not apply for more than one fellowship.

The AfOx Collaborative Fellowship


– Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or research equivalent.
– Legal resident of an African country holding an appointment in an African academic or research institution.
– With an existing collaboration with Oxford or in contact with a potential collaborator at Oxford.
– Open to all disciplines

How To Apply

Read the details above keenly and make note of deadlines and eligibility criteria.
If you have any questions or concerns please refer to the FAQs section below before contacting the AfOx team.
Be clear on your goals, to ensure the fellowship is right for you. Define what you expect to learn and accomplish, and how the experience will impact your career when you get back. State these details succinctly in your proposed project section.
Ensure you contact your proposed Oxford host ahead of making your application. If you do not currently have one, you may search the Oxford Website or the AfOx database to find and contact a potential academic collaborator. Please engage with and agree on the proposed project with your Oxford host before making the application. Applications sent without the consent and support letter from the proposed Oxford host will be immediately disqualified.
While filling the application form, you can click on the information buttons for descriptions of the expected details, and make a note of word limits where applicable. Please attach all the required documents in the correct format using the required file names.


The AfOx-TORCH Fellowship

Launched in May 2013, TORCH provides an important opportunity for Oxford’s humanities scholars to collaborate with researchers across other disciplines and institutions and develop partnerships with public and private institutions. Read more about TORCH here.
The AfOx TORCH fellowships aim to connect world-leading researchers based in African institutions to Humanities scholars based at Oxford University. Applications are open to researchers with interdisciplinary projects from a broad range of research areas in the Humanities. The Fellow will be based in Oxford over the Summer period and work with Oxford researchers in the Humanities, and across other disciplines where appropriate, to develop research ideas, projects and events. This can include research papers, ideas for co-led projects, future joint research developments in the area of humanities. Examples of areas of priority are research related to history, languages, religion, environmental humanities, medical humanities, digital humanities, performance and cultural heritage. The Fellow will be welcomed into the Oxford community at TORCH and supported as part of the research community during their fellowship, with a view to develop a longer term research connection. If applicants have a connection with an Oxford Humanities researcher already, please state this in the application, however, successful applicants will be matched with suitable Oxford colleagues based on their proposed research project.


– Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.


The AfOx-Law Fellowship

The Faculty of Law in the University of Oxford is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. It is a federation of thirty law schools in the colleges of the University. Read more here.
The AfOx-Law fellowships target academics holding a full-time position in an African institution working on a topic within the broad range of research undertaken at the Faculty. This programme is intended for visiting scholars with a clearly defined research agenda, who wish to spend time in Oxford to make use of the Faculty’s research facilities. The fellowship is will be taken up in Michaelmas Term (October to November 2019)


– Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
– The successful applicants will be matched with the suitable academic hosts at the Faculty.


The AfOx-ASC Fellowship

Oxford University’s African Studies Centre is one of the world’s leading centres of African Studies. With particular strengths in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, the Centre enjoys a reputation for high quality, relevant research that plays a leading role in academic debates as well as public policy. Read more about the African studies Center here.
The AfOx ASC fellowships will allow academics in the Social Sciences and Humanities from African universities and research institutes to spend time in Oxford for writing a journal article or book chapter with a measure of guidance by a member of the Centre. This is a writing fellowship that provides opportunities for Africa-based scholars to spend time away from teaching and other obligations with the benefit of using the vast resources available in Oxford University for research, writing, mentoring and/or collaboration with an Oxford-based scholar. The fellows are expected to make a presentation of the draft work during or at the end of the fellowship at a ‘writing workshop’ where Oxford-based scholars will provide critical feedback for publication.
The fellowship is for up to 8 weeks and applications are encouraged from candidates in every region of Africa.


An applicant for the AfOx-ASC Visiting Fellowship must fulfil the following criteria:

– Same as described for the AfOx Collaborative Fellowships above but do not require an Oxford collaborator.
– Have published at least any two of the following: a book, book chapters or journal articles in internationally-reputable outlets.
– Applicants are required to have two academic references detailing specific contributions of the applicant to particular fields of study, and how a writing fellowship will support career progression.
– The application includes submitting a research proposal that clearly outlines the organising theme of the proposed work to be undertaken during the fellowship and how the period of the fellowship will lead to the completion of the specific (part of the) project.



How are AfOx Visiting fellows selected?

Applications will be reviewed primarily on the quality and value added of the proposed research agenda, the fit between the applicant and the Oxford host, and the feasibility of the proposed activities in the timescale of the fellowship.

What is included in the fellowship?

The Fellows appointed will be provided with an en-suite, single occupancy study bedroom with all meals provided in the host College. A temporary University card for and temporary membership to the college Senior Common Room will be granted for the period of residency. The fellowship will also include airfare, visa fee and a maintenance allowance for incidental expenses.
Application Deadline: 25th January, 2019.
For any further enquiries please email: or visit the official website of the AfOx Visiting Fellowship Program.
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