Visiting Fellowship Programme

The ASC Leiden hosts visiting research fellows in the framework of the Leiden African Studies Assembly (Leiden ASA), a network for cooperation between Leiden based Africanists. Visiting research fellows use their time in Leiden for data analysis and/or writing, often on a joint project with one or more ASCL staff members and with Africanists at other institutes or faculties of Leiden University. A visiting research fellowship is for a maximum of 90 days.

On occasion, the ASCL hosts self financed visitors (PhD students or visiting academics).

Apart from the regular visiting research fellowship programme, the ASCL also offers a joint fellowship programme with the IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies). Read more about the fellowship programme with IIAS.

The current Call for Applications is for the period January-February-March 2018. The deadline for sending in your application is 1 July 2017.

Requirements for a 90-day visiting research fellowship

  • At the time of applying, the applicant must hold a PhD with a focus on Africa.
  • The applicant has to be fluent in English and/or French.
  • The applicant must have an active academic career.
  • The applicant must have recently published books and/or articles that meet international standards (at least three published articles in the past five years).
  • The research fellowship must contribute to interfaculty collaboration at Leiden University.
  • Preference is given to candidates employed by an African research institute with which Leiden University already has an MoU or aspires to have an MoU in the framework of the Leiden African Studies Assembly.
  • In accordance with visa regulations, applicants must be able to return to their country of origin after their fellowship.

How to apply

You can apply for a 90 day visiting fellowship by completing the application form at the bottom of this webpage and returning it, with the requested attachments, to: LeidenASA@asc.leidenuniv.nl

Practical matters

A research fellowship includes:

  • A return ticket (economy class).
  • A daily stipend to cover living expenses.
  • Accommodation in Leiden: a fellow is provided with his/her own bed/sitting room (suitable for one person only). Kitchen and bathroom are to be shared with a maximum of two other fellows (male/female). If the offered accommodation is unaccaptable for the fellow he/she is requested to look for alternative accommodation him/herself. Alternative accommodation will not be paid for by the fellowship.
  • A medical/liability insurance (please note that this insurance does not cover the cost of treatment of a pre-existing medical condition).
  • The use of (shared) office facilities and of library facilities.

Research fellows are divided over three periods of three months each: January-February-March, April-May-June, September-October-November.

Deadline

The deadline for sending in an application for the period January-February-March 2018 is 1 July 2017.

Self financed visitors

Self financed visitors can request to spend some time at the ASCL for research purposes. They will be offered a desk and computer (depending on availability) and they can make full use of the ASCL's library facilities. The ASCL cannot offer these guests assistance in travel arrangements, visa application and/or finding accommodation.
 

For more information on the regular fellowship programme or on self financed visits, contact Maaike Westra: m.a.westra@asc.leidenuniv.nl