African-Asian Joint Fellowship Programme for Researchers

This Joint Fellowship Programme is presented by African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden in collaboration with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). Application is invited for the ASC-IIAS Joint Fellowship Programme from outstanding researchers from countries around the globe.

Scholarship Summary  
|Level: Postgraduate (Research) |Institution(s):  Partner Institutions
|Location:  Netherlands |Field(s): Social Science, Humanities
|Target: Asian, African |Deadline(s):  15 March, Yearly

The ASC-IIAS Fellowship is intended for scholars willing to conduct research in the field of African-Asian relations. IIAS distinguishes between ‘research fellows’, and ‘affiliated fellows’. While research fellows are researchers attached to one of IIAS’s research programmes, affiliated fellows spend a limited period at IIAS to work on their own research project. This call for application is for a position as affiliated fellow under the ASC-IIAS Fellowship at IIAS.

The scholarship programme aims to attract researchers whose work is informed by current theoretical debates in the social sciences and humanities over global connectivity and who are able to critically engage with shifting paradigms in “area studies” beyond the ways in which these have traditionally been conceived in the West.

IIAS is particularly interested in receiving fellowship proposals that go beyond a mere analysis of current issues associated with African-Asian comparative economic developments or Chinese investments in Africa. But none of these themes, if appraised critically and for their societal consequences, will be excluded. IIAS definition of Asia and Africa is broad and inclusive, Asia ranging from the Middle-East to the Pacific Coast, and Africa from North-Africa to the southern tip of the continent.

The Fellowship has maximum period of 6 months. Fellows will receive a monthly grant to cover the cost of living and housing.


The ASC-IIAS fellowship is intended for researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions. Candidates should have obtained their PhD degrees.

How to apply for the African-Asian Joint Fellowship Programme for Researchers

Applications include a work plan of 1000 words maximum and a CV.  Interested applicants are invited to email or post their applications, consisting of Application form (.doc), Curriculum Vitae and Two letters of reference. If you send in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post and vice versa.

Use the following address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries:

IIAS-ASC Fellowship Programme
c/o Ms. Sandra van der Horst
International Institute for Asian Studies
Rapenburg 59
2311 GJ Leiden
The Netherlands

You can equally send your applications via the email Closing dates are 15 March and 15 September of each year. The next deadline is 15 September 2017.

You can visit the scholarship announcement page for further information on this fellowship opportunity.

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