Five College African Scholars Program

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Five College African Scholars Program: The Five College African Scholars program is dedicated to supporting the research of individual scholars in Africa, strengthening partnerships among scholars in Africa and the United States, and enriching the study of Africa.

Located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the Program draws on the resources of a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Fellowships are intended for junior and mid-level teaching staff employed full-time in African universities.

Projects relevant to the study of Africa are welcomed in the humanities and social sciences.


Each scholar will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month, subject to US taxes, airfare to and from the USA, laptop computer, housing, health insurance, library privileges, an office, and a modest research allowance.

Fellowship Application Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be a citizen of an African nation, who currently resides in Africa and during the past two years has not resided for more than three months in North America or Europe.

Fellowships are awarded each year to African scholars for four-month residencies at one of the five colleges.

Women and men throughout Africa, particularly those who have not had recent access to such opportunities, are encouraged to apply.

For more information and application, contact: Five College African Scholars Program Website

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