African Humanities Fellowship Program in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda 2016/17

  • Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Postdoctoral Research and Writing in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa

Application Deadline: 2nd November, 2016

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Field of Study: Proposed projects must be in the humanities, defined by the study of history, language, and culture, and by qualitative approaches in research. The list of humanities disciplines includes anthropology, archaeology, studies of the fine and performing arts, history, linguistics, literature studies, studies of religion, and philosophy. Projects in social sciences such as economics, sociology, or political science, as well as in law or international relations, are not eligible unless they are clearly humanistic in content and focus.

About Fellowship: In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has generously provided funding, AHP offers African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities, and to promote formation of scholarly networks. The African Humanities Program supports the Carnegie Corporation’s efforts to develop and retain African academics at universities in Africa.

The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Goals of the African Humanities Program

  • to encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new directions for research
  • to strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities
  • to build the field of humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication across Africa and with Africans worldwide.

Scholarship Offered Since: not specified

Type: Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing.

Selection Criteria

  • The intrinsic interest and substantive merit of the work proposed
  • The clarity of the intellectual agenda
  • The feasibility of the work plan
  • The record of achievement of a postdoctoral scholar and the promise of a PhD candidate
  • The contribution the work is likely to make to scholarship on the continent and worldwide

The African Humanities Program seeks to strengthen humanities scholarship in Africa

  • By promoting diversity in terms of gender and historical disadvantage, along with diversity in disciplines, institutions, and regions. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • By making research opportunities available to staff at African universities.


  • Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Applicants for Dissertation-Completion Fellowships should be in the final year of writing the dissertation at a university in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Dissertation-Completion Fellowships are not available in South Africa.
  • Applicants for Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships must be working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda and must have completed the PhD no more than eight years ago.
  • Projects must be in the humanities and must be carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. AHP fellowships may not be used for travel outside the continent.

Number of Scholarships: not specified

Value of Fellowship:

  • Stipends are $10,000 for dissertation-completion Fellows and $17,000 for postdoctoral Fellows, plus an additional $1,000 per Fellow for books and media at both award levels.
  • Fellowship stipends allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties for completion of the PhD dissertation, for revising the dissertation for publication, or for the first major research project after the PhD. Fellows are also eligible for additional benefits such as residential stays for writing, manuscript development workshops, and publication support.

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda

To be taken at (country): African Universities

How to Apply: Visit Fellowship webpage to apply

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Apply: Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship at NYU 2017/2018

Brief description: African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, sponsored by Oprah Winfrey, seeks to prepare African women with experience working on issues facing Africa for public service careers in their home countries.

Application Deadline: 15th December, 2016

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Countries in Africa

To be taken at (country): New York University  Wagner, USA

About the Award: The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, expands the opportunity for African women to impact for public service in their home countries.

Fellowship recipients commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.

Offered Since: 2016

Type: Fellowship


  • Citizen and resident in an African country at the time of application.
  • Strong academic record
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service

Selection Process: Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Skype interviews in mid-to-late February 2017. Those selected as fellowship finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the Selection Committee in New York City in early April 2017. Those finalists who cannot travel to New York will be able to interview via Skype. This panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from sponsoring organizations, faculty and NYU Wagner alumni.

Number of Awardees: Not stated

Value of Fellowship: The Fellowship provides full tuition, fees, housing or a housing stipend (if enrolling in the Global EMPA program), travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses.

Duration of Fellowship: 1 year

How to Apply: Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. Fellowship applicants must also submit the one-minute video essay in order to be considered for fellowship. Fellowship Applications are due by the December 15, 2016 deadline.

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Oprah Winfrey, NYU Wagner


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How to Get Your Relationship Back on Track After a Terrible Fight

It can be hard to recover from a bad fight in a relationship. Even if you and your partner have come to an agreement, the arguing can really put a damper on things. It might take some time to restore the romance and affection. Here’s how you can get your relationship back on track.

Don’t Drag It Out


When the dust has settled after a fight, your emotions might still be running high. You may be tempted to throw in some last minute passive-aggressive jabs. Maybe you want to make your point. Maybe you just want to get back at the other person. Either way, these jabs, as small as they may be, only prolong the nastiness.

It’s easy to disguise these remarks as jokes, too. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have a sense of humor about things, but you’re probably both a little sensitive after an argument. Your partner might take a joke the wrong way.

Humor can only help you overcome relationship problems when both partners are in on the joke. It’s important to be sensitive to the other person. If your partner or friend isn’t likely to appreciate the joke, don’t say or do it, even if it’s “all in good fun.” When the joking is one-sided rather than mutual, it undermines trust and goodwill and can damage the relationship.

It might feel like you’re walking on eggshells until things go back to normal, but that’s better than prolonging the fight.

Give Them Space


Give them space, but also take some space yourself. After things get ugly, you might need some time alone to reflect, recover, or heal. You might need to not be around your partner while the bulk of your negative feelings pass, and that’s okay.

However, if your partner needs space and you don’t, it can be disconcerting. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid clinging: Sometimes one partner want space after a fight, whereas the other feels clingy. It might feel satisfying to have your partner nearby, but the time they take to reflect can strengthen the relationship in the long-term. Clinging can also make things worse when that person needs to take a time out.
  • Reflect: Take the time to focus on your own thoughts and feelings, too.
  • Don’t punish them: If your partner says he or she needs some time alone, respect that. Don’t take it personally and later withhold yourself as punishment.

According to a psychologist, Dr. Hal Shorey it’s important to wait to talk. Space can give you the necessary time to cool down:

“You don’t want to have a discussion while the other person is still hot,” Dr. Shorey says. “I can’t tell you how many people will think it’s better to say right away: ‘I’m sorry. I was a jerk.’ And the other person says, ‘Yes, you were.’ And then the argument escalates again.”

Of course, if you need space, at least reassure your partner that you love them and things will be okay. A little emotional support can go a long way, even if you need to go cool off.

Communicate Productively


It’s cliche, but communication really is key in any relationship. To get back on track with your partner, it’s important to understand and communicate how you feel about the situation. Even if you don’t know how you feel, or you feel like you need time alone, you should let the other person know where you stand. It can be hard to communicate honestly and calmly after a fight.

Go out of your way to be open with him, no matter how hard it may seem as first. If you do not know what your partner expects of you and he doesn’t know what you expect of him, you are both setting yourself up for a lot of misunderstandings and a potentially big disaster.

If you’re having a more detailed conversation to reflect on the fight, keep a couple of things in mind to keep from opening up recent wounds:

Give up the need to be right: Accept responsibility for how you made your partner feel, Dr. Shorey says. For the well-being of the relationship, give up the need to drive home your point.

Don’t be defensive: This goes hand-in-hand with the above. If your behavior made your partner feel a certain way, give up your need to defend yourself. This could keep the argument going. Accept their feelings and consider the big picture. If you really feel you need to clarify why you behaved a certain way, you can always do this later, when the fight is truly over and things have calmed down.

Dr. Shorey offers another great tip: accept that the relationship might take some time to fully heal, but schedule some time to check back in about where you stand after some time has passed. This could be especially useful for more intense fights.

It may also be helpful to come to an agreement and set boundaries and rules for the future. In reflecting on the fight, consider what you could do differently next time.

  • Deal with only one issue at a time. Don’t introduce other topics until each is fully discussed. This avoids the “kitchen sink” effect where people throw in all their complaints while not allowing anything to be resolved.
  • No hitting below the belt. Attacking areas of personal sensitivity creates an atmosphere of distrust, anger, and vulnerability.
  • Avoid accusations. Accusations will lead others to focus on defending themselves rather than on understanding you. Instead, talk about how someone’s actions made you feel.

 Overall, you want to make sure your post-argument communication is productive. It might be necessary to establish some rules as a couple or even individually to keep from dragging out the fight.

Be Kind


It’s rarely productive to force things, but there’s something to be said for “fake it til you make it.” When you find yourself in a rut after a fight, sometimes it helps to simply be kind and affectionate to each other.

Show a little love and caring by sharing sweet words and actions. Relationships often experience hostility and resentment when one or both parties feel unappreciated or unloved… Whether it is engaging in small acts of affection (such as giving your boyfriend a pat on the back as you walk out the house in the morning) or sending him a “just because I care” text message when he’s at work, the little things can go a long way.

This may not work as well if you’re still really steamed. But it’s a good start if you’re feeling stuck. A little kindness could serve as a reminder that you care about each other, and you care about the relationship. You don’t have to pretend like nothing happened; it’s just a little nudge in the right direction.

Talk To a Professional

Couple holding hands at table

If you’re really having trouble seeing eye-to-eye, it could be that the conflict isn’t truly over. In this case, it might be best to talk to a professional. A counselor or therapist can help you understand your feelings and work through them in one way or another.

Recovering from a fight can take time. Even if you’ve both agreed that the fight is over, it can be hard to move past that situation and get back to where you were. Communication, understanding, and respect will do well to get your relationship back on track.

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HRSA/DHHS: Inviting Applicants for Rural Health Network Development Program

Deadline: 28 November 2016

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking applications from eligible organisations for “Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program”.

 The purpose of this program is to support mature, integrated rural health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community.

Awardees will combine the functions of the entities participating in the network to address the following statutory charges:

  • achieve efficiencies;
  • expand access, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services;
  • strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

Funding Information: The estimated total program funding is $9,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Foreign entities are not eligible for HRSA awards, unless the authorizing legislation specifically authorizes awards to foreign entities or the award is for research.
  • This exception does not extend to research training awards or construction of research facilities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application package via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit

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NIH/DHHS: HIV Prevention Strategies among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 20 December 2016

The National Institute of Mental Health, an agency of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a program entitled “Understanding and Addressing the Multi-level Influences on Uptake and Adherence to HIV Prevention Strategies among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

The goal of this initiative is to look at the multiple levels of influence on adolescent girls and young women’s (AGYW) behavior from the individual level, to her partners, family members and peers as well as cultural, social norms and structural factors that may influence uptake and adherence to prevention strategies.


  • Enhance our understanding of the multi-level factors that influence HIV prevention strategy use among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Develop and test novel interventions to address these factors and enhance the uptake and adherence to HIV prevention strategies among AGYW in sub-Saharan Africa.

Funding Information

  • NICHD intends to fund an estimate of 2-3 awards for a total of- $1,000,000 for this FOA and the companion R21 FOA for fiscal year 2017. Exact amounts will depend on annual appropriations.
  • The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Priority Areas

  • Enhance the understanding of the multiplicity of factors from multiple levels that influence AGYW uptake and adherence to HIV prevention strategies.
  • Examine factors at the individual level that could include but are not limited to: mental health (in particular depression, trauma and use of avoidant coping), risk perception, transactional sex (this can be driven by poverty but also a desire for material goods), alcohol and other substance use, current and/or future fertility desires, biases based on behavioral economic theory, and vaginal care practices.
  • Examine factors at the product level among products in development could include the type of applicator, packaging, and physical properties of the product.
  • Examine factors at the partner and family level that could include but are not limited to: exposure to violence, partner type, partner dynamics
  • Examine factors at the community level that could include but are not limited to: HIV-related stigma/stigma associated with engaging in HIV prevention services, unemployment/employment opportunities, poverty, mobility, gender norms, policies or factors impacting the ability of minors to consent for or access reproductive and other health care services
  • Explore novel strategies to examine the influences on uptake and adherence from multiple levels using already existing data.
  • Develop interventions to address facilitators and barriers from multiple levels that contribute to uptake and adherence to HIV prevention strategies among AGYW.
  • Develop strategies to enhance partners’ either implicit or explicit approval of product use and/or clinical trial participation taking into account partner dynamics, gender norms, Intimate Partner Violence, and other factors that could impede partner’s involvement.
  • Determine if social networking interventions can address individual-level and social barriers to uptake and adherence.
  • Develop community-level interventions to enhance uptake and adherence, including but not limited to faith based interventions and mass media interventions.
  • Develop interventions that are embedded within clinical trials to identify and address reasons for low uptake and adherence to study product.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Higher Education Institutions
    • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
    • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
    • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
    • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • For-Profit Organizations
    • Small Businesses
    • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)
  • Governments
    • State Governments
    • County Governments
    • City or Township Governments
    • Special District Governments
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
    • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
    • U.S. Territory or Possession
  • Other
    • Independent School Districts
    • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
    • Regional Organizations
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions)
  • Foreign Institutions
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are eligible to apply.
    • Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply electronically via given website.

For more information, visit

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EJAF Pioneer Grants: Supporting Initiatives Focused on an Individual Key Population at Higher Risk

Deadline: 31 October 2016

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is currently seeking proposals for its Pioneer Grants which will be supporting a specific initiative focusing on an individual key population at higher risk – such as men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and injecting drug users – within an individual country.

Priority Areas

Pioneer Grants can be multi-year, and do not have a prescribed award amount. They must fulfil the following criteria:

  • They must have a focus on service delivery
  • They must be catalytic in nature
  • They must be scalable in design
  • They must be innovative
  • They must operate within one of our programme countries
  • They must be able to track changes such as HIV testing and treatment of programme beneficiaries.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposals are invited from organisations working with People who Use Drugs, Sex Workers or Prison Populations only.
  • Concept Notes proposing to work with MSM will not be considered during this call.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the Pioneer Grant Concept Note Template in order to apply.

Eligible Countries

Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit EJAF Pioneer Grants.

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Entries Open for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The Royal Commonwealth Society is seeking applications for its The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 under the theme “A Commonwealth for Peace”.

Building upon the 2016 theme of An Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. The society is asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.

This year’s theme asks young writers to explore the meaning, process and importance of peace in the Commonwealth and beyond.


Junior Categories

  • What is in applicant’s Toolbox for Peace?
  • My peaceful place.
  • How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
  • ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. Applicants have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?

Senior Categories

  • Peace.
  • Should applicants fight for peace?
  • Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do applicants agree? Answer with reference to their country and/or the Commonwealth.
  • What is the cost of peace?


  • One Winner and Runner-up will be chosen from each category. Winners and Runners-up will be flown to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony.
  • A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be given in both the Senior and Junior categories, rewarding excellence in writing. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories.
  • Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2017. Senior entrants must be born between 2nd May 1998 and 1st May 2003 (14-18) and Junior entrants must be born after 1st May 2003 (under 14 years of age).
  • The maximum word counts are 1,500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Entrants are asked to present their work in the format that best conveys their message, be that an essay, poem, story, folk tale, script, reportage, monologue or other written style. Photos and drawings are encouraged, particularly in the Junior Category.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries

For more information, please visit The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017.

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2016 Lawrence Foundation’s Grant Programme: Supporting Environment & Education

Deadline: 1 November 2016

The Lawrence Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Grant Programme 2016 with an aim to support environmental, human services and other causes.

The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, education, human services and other causes.

Focus Areas

  • Environment (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world),
  • Human Services
  • Disaster relief (US headquartered organizations responding to disasters in the US or elsewhere in the world on an occasional basis),
  • Other (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world).

Eligibility Criteria

  • There is no restriction on the geographical area.
  • Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants.
  • The foundation makes grants to US based qualified charitable organizations.

Key Dates

  • November: Board selection of grant applications
  • December: Notification of selection
  • December 31: Funding

How to Apply

Applicants must use the Common Grant Application via given website.

For more information, please visit Grant Programme 2016.

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APPLY: African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program

Applications are open for African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program that commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by supporting young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration.

The ALT Scholarship Program grants full scholarships based on merit to women and men from sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances in Canada.


  • Return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program)
  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly living allowances and installation allowance
  • Fixed allowance to cover purchase of books and attend conferences in Canada
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Fees for study permit


In order to apply, applicant must

  • Be a citizen AND resident of sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Be between 22 and 35 years old (at the beginning of the study program);
  • Have completed a university degree meeting the minimum academic requirements for admission into a Master’s degree in Canada;
  • Have a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years of full-time work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or a research institute in Africa;
  • Be fluent in French or English;
  • Meet all the academic requirements of the study program of choice.

DEADLINE: October 14 2016

To apply and for more information visit here

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