CODESRIA support to Doctoral Students (College of Senior Academic Mentors)
Since 1988, CODESRIA has supported postgraduate students registered at African universities, through the Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing. Over time, this programme has been modified to accept only doctoral students with the overall objective of responding to the emerging challenge of doctoral supervision in the social sciences and humanities in African universities. This led to the establishment of a College of Senior Academic Mentors to support doctoral students registered at African universities in 2016.
The College is made up of senior diaspora academics (mentors) in the social sciences and humanities, who volunteer their time to be paired with doctoral students at African universities who are undertaking research in the same area as them. This pairing is for the purposes of mentoring and advising the students throughout their doctoral cycle.
The mentors read and comment on the students’ proposal and thesis chapters and assist them with relevant reading materials. They also link the students to other means of support within their own network for the purposes of workshop and conference participation and co-publication. The mentors provide the students with critical methodological and epistemological guidance that they require for their doctoral studies and contribute to timely completion of the students’ doctoral programme.
Call for applications: to be announced
CODESRIA Advanced Humanities Fellowships
This Fellowship aims at supporting senior academics who are working in the humanities to produce work that helps map out new terrains in the study of the humanities in Africa.
This could focus on issues of theory, concept or methodology, or propose new ways of broadening the scope of the humanities in the continent beyond the traditional academic disciplines, to encompass emerging areas like digital or public humanities. More importantly, the programme is happy to show how the traditional humanities disciplines could accommodate or be accommodated by the emerging areas of study.
The Council awarded the first batch of grants under the 2020/2021 Advanced Humanities Fellowship to five fellows: