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How to apply for fellowship in African studies in Germany

African artists on the continent and the diaspora have been called upon by the University of Bayreuth in Germany, the call has been facilitated by the African Multiple Cluster of Excellence (AMCE) at the same university and are requesting for students interested in Advanced African studies to apply for an opportunity to fellowship on African studies in Germany. Those interested are supposed to apply between the years 2020-2021.

The AMCE was birthed to reconfigure African studies at the conceptual and the structural levels. The fellowships are conceived as a transformative space for the systematic study of societal, cultural, economic, political and aesthetic processes in African and its Diasporas.

This was in effort to enable new forms of inter- and trans-disciplinary cooperation, including artistic outreach.

The academy will award two fellowships for a period ranging from one to six months, during which the fellows will carry out their research in an efficiently managed environment with excellent working conditions.

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Who can apply?

  • Musicians.
  • Visual artists.
  • Composers.
  • Writers.
  • Novelists.
  • Poets.
  • Dancers. 

Fellow activities include:

  • Participating in the cluster’s research events while in residence; these include regular Thursday afternoon lectures, seminars and discussion groups.
  • Offering event platforms (reading, performance, concert, exhibition, screening, or the like) based on the art project pursued during the fellowship.
  • Joining and animating discussion sessions with doctoral candidates and contributing to existing formats such as summer schools.
  • Collaboration with Bayreuth-based scholars.

Benefits of studying in Germany and challenges African students must be prepared to face


  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for an academy fellowship and indicating the envisaged time of the same (3 500 words max). 
  • CV (PDF format).
  • Project outline (2 200 words max) 
  • A brief statement on the intended contribution to the cluster’s agenda (600 words max). 
  • A brief statement explaining how any or all the following aspects of diversity will be interrogated in your project: gender and sexuality, class and socioeconomic positionalities, religious and racial politics, disability politics, intersectional readings of power relations, the historicisation of colonial influences on African (continental and diasporic) artistic practices and productions (600 words max).
  • A complete list of publications, if applicable (PDF format).
  • Names and contact details of two referees.

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The academy will provide the following:

  • Adequately equipped working space and access to the library resources at University of Bayreuth, as well as access to the collections and archives of Iwalewahaus. 
  • Travel fees and a monthly fellowship, a living allowance, and a mobility/family allowance

The application deadline is 30 June 2020.

How to apply

  • Read the information about the cluster’s theoretical and thematic agendas here
  • Fill the application form, which is available here

View the original call here.