APPLY NOW: Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards 2023 |$10,000 grant

APPLY NOW: Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards 2023 |$10,000 grant

APPLY NOW: Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards 2023 |$10,000 grant

The Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards 2023 are now accepting applications. The Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards (formerly known as the Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholars) honor rising African scholars who are exploring issues of violence on or in relation to the African continent.

The Foundation selects a group of Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellows every two years. A dozen rising researchers are honored for initiatives assessed to be of outstanding quality and strongly related to the Foundation’s interest in violence.

The Foundation accepts ideas for African Fellow Awards from any of the social and natural sciences or allied fields that promise to advance knowledge of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggressiveness. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. The proposed project must relate directly to the African continent.

Areas of Interest

The Foundation is interested in violence related to many subjects, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • War
  • Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Family and intimate-partner relationships
  • Climate instability and natural resource competition
  • Racial, ethnic, and religious conflict
  • Political extremism and nationalism

The Foundation supports research that investigates the basic mechanisms in the production of violence, but primacy is given to proposals that make a compelling case for the relevance of potential findings for policies intended to reduce these ills. Likewise, historical research is considered to the extent that it is relevant to a current situation of violence. Examinations of the effects of violence are appropriate for a proposal only if a strong case can be made that these outcomes serve, in turn, as causes of future violence.


  • Fellowships are offered to individual scholars for a period of two years. The African Fellow Awards include:
    • an in-person methods workshop on the African continent
    • fieldwork research grants of $10,000 each
    • mentoring from senior African and Africanist scholars
    • sponsorship at an international conference to present research findings, and editorial and publication assistance through a writing workshop geared to support and prepare scholars to write for and submit to international peer-reviewed journals and other outlets for their research


  • Applicants for the fellowship may be citizens of any country.
  • They must be aged 40 or younger.
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. programme at an African higher-education institution and living on the continent.


The March 1 application deadline occurs every other year, in accordance with the programme application cycle. Applicants must create an account to access the application. The application guidelines are also available.

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For more information, visit HFG African Fellow Awards.



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