UNILAG African Cluster Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023


  • Applications for the University of Lagos ACC Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies 2023 are now open. This 6-month program, funded by the University of Bayreuth’s African Multiple Cluster of Excellence, is tailored for early career scholars. Fellows will work at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS), one of West Africa’s premier research institutions. Responsibilities include publication, teaching, and delivering a lecture. Benefits encompass travel, accommodation, and stipends. Interested Ph.D. holders should apply by August 31, 2023.

UNILAG African Cluster Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship

The prestigious University of Lagos African Cluster Centre (Lagos ACC) has officially announced the commencement of its application process for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies for 2023. This is an opportunity not to be missed for scholars dedicated to African and Diaspora Studies.



📢 Fellowship Introduction University of Lagos ACC Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies 2023.
🎓 Funding Source Funded by African Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth, Germany Excellence Strategy.
🏛 Placement Lagos ACC at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS).
🌍 IADS Overview Growing West African academic institute focusing on interdisciplinary research on Africa, Africans, and the Diaspora.
🧑‍🏫 Fellow Responsibilities Work under an expert, contribute to research, publish an article, engage in IADS teaching, and give a lecture in IADS Monthly Series.
💰 Fellowship Benefits Covers travel, accommodation, and a monthly stipend.
📄 Eligibility Ph.D. after July 2018; Field in Humanities, Social Sciences, Management Sciences; Good English/French communication.
📩 Application Details Send PhD certificate, thesis summary, research proposal, CV, 2 reference letters to iads@unilag.edu.ng. Deadline: August 31, 2023.


The fellowship, with a tenure stretching up to six months, seeks to bridge the gap between academia and real-world issues concerning Africa, Africans, and the Diaspora. It derives its funding from the esteemed African Multiple Cluster of Excellence situated at the University of Bayreuth. A remarkable initiative, this programme emerges under the generous umbrella of Germany’s Excellence Strategy.

This unique fellowship is specially crafted for budding scholars in their early careers, as well as junior faculty members. Those with a research focus orbiting African Studies and the grand mission of reimagining the domain of African Studies will find this platform immensely beneficial.

The Hosting Institute

Successful fellows will find their academic homes in the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS), operating under the Lagos ACC. Boasting its status as one of West Africa’s rapidly flourishing academic research entities, the IADS champions a multidisciplinary approach to research. Its core objective is to shed light on issues that resonate with Africa and its expansive Diaspora.

Fellowship Dynamics

Every chosen fellow will have the privilege to:

  • Collaborate under the mentorship of a seasoned expert in their respective domain.
  • Immerse in various research endeavours aligned with their project.
  • Publish a research article in a top-tier peer-reviewed journal during the fellowship span.
  • Engage in the teaching sphere of the IADS.
  • Deliver a talk as a part of the coveted IADS Monthly Lecture Series.

What’s On Offer?

The fellowship guarantees to cover:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Accommodation costs.
  • A monthly stipend for day-to-day needs.

Eligibility Criteria

For those pondering their eligibility, here’s what’s required:

  • A Ph.D. degree awarded post-July 2018.
  • An academic background in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, or related arenas.
  • Proficiency in English or French, or ideally both.

How to Apply?

Prospective fellows should collate the following:

  • A digital version of their Ph.D. certification.
  • A concise two-page summary of their Ph.D. thesis.
  • A detailed three-page proposal outlining their postdoctoral research focus.
  • Their updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Application packets (in PDF format) should be dispatched to iads@unilag.edu.ng by the stroke of midnight (23:59 WAT) on August 31, 2023.

For a deeper dive into the fellowship, it’s recommended to visit the official Lagos ACC Postdoctoral Fellowship webpage.

Embarking on this fellowship offers scholars a golden chance to elevate their research pursuits, leveraging the vast resources and expertise at the University of Lagos African Cluster Centre. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled academic adventure!

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