HFG African Fellows

The Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellow Awards (formerly the Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholars) recognize emerging African scholars studying aspects of violence on or directly related to the African continent.

Applications for the 2023-2024 fellowships have closed. Applications for 2025-2026 will open in December 2024.

Every two years, the Foundation selects a cohort of Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellows.  Approximately a dozen emerging scholars are recognized for projects judged to be of high quality and closely relevant to the Foundation’s interest in violence.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for the African Fellow Awards from any of the social and natural sciences or allied disciplines that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. 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.

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. 

The African Fellow Awards 

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.


Candidates for the African Fellow Awards may apply online annually between December 1 and March 1. Final decisions are made by the Board of Directors. Applicants will be informed promptly by email of the Board’s decision. The program begins with a research proposal workshop held on the African continent.


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


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

Online Application (Login required)

Application Guidelines (PDF)

Recent Recipients


Jacqueline Adongo (Cultural Studies, Makerere University). Rethinking Childhood: Child Identity Formation in Post-War Northern Uganda
Stephen David (English Studies, Stellenbosch University). Biafra as Third Space: Reading the Politics of Belonging in Nigeria-Biafra Civil War Literature
Florence Ncube (Anthropology, University of the Western Cape). Navigating Exile: A Case Study of Rwandan Former Soldiers Living in South Africa
Elizabeth Animashaun (Peace Studies, University of Ibadan). Contending for Power: Intersections of Spiritualism, Violence, and Dominance in Commercial Sex Work
Khanyile Mlotshwa (Media and Cultural Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal). Interrogating Anti-Black Violence and Xenophobia in Discursive Construction of Black Subjectivity in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa
Charlotte Ofori (Population Studies, University of Ghana). Bridewealth Payment and Male-Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Ghana
Martin Ihembe (Political Science, University of Ibadan). Electoral Violence and Reforms in Nigeria’s Fledgling Democracy
Chenai Matshaka (Political Science, University of Pretoria). Civil Society Narratives of Violence and the Shaping of the Transitional Justice Agenda in Zimbabwe

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