ASC Leiden Visiting Fellowship Programme 2025 for African Researchers (Fully Funded to the Netherlands)

June 7, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: 16 June 2024.

Applications are now open for the 2025 African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) Visiting Fellowship Programme. The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.

The ASCL has an open call for fellowships for 2025. A fellowship is for a period of 90 days:

  • January-February-March; or
  • April-May-June; or
  • September-October-November.

In order to be eligible for a Visiting Research Fellowship, the applicant has to meet all of the following criteria.
He or she must:

  • Hold a PhD degree, by the time of applying;
  • Have conducted research, as part of the PhD and/or in later projects; with a focus on Africa;
  • Be actively pursuing an academic/research career;
  • Have published books, book chapters and/or journal articles in recent years that meet international standards;
  • In accordance with visa regulations, be ready to return to the country of which he/she is a citizen and/or a current resident upon completion of the fellowship.


A research fellowship includes:

  • A return ticket (economy class).
  • Coverage of living costs (fixed amount).
  • Accommodation in Leiden: a fellow is provided with his/her own single bed/sitting room. Kitchen and bathroom are to be shared with a maximum of two other fellows (male/female). The rooms are on the first floor, with the landlord and landlady living on the ground floor. If the offered accommodation is unacceptable for the fellow (for instance fellow who wish to travel with a partner, or child) he/she is expected to look for alternative accommodation him/herself in Leiden or its vicinity. Alternative accommodation will not be paid for by the fellowship/institute. The institute cannot assist the fellow in their search for alternative accommodation.
  • A medical/liability insurance (please note that this insurance does not cover the cost of treatment of a pre-existing medical condition).
  • The use of (shared) office facilities and of library facilities.

When selected

  • The selected fellows will be planned (as much as possible) according to their preferred fellowship period as indicated on the application form.
  • They will receive the papers required for a Schengen visa application. Responsibility for the visa application lies with the fellows.
  • Fellows are expected to be physically present at the Centre in Leiden as much as possible, and least for 20 hours per week. Travel abroad for a seminar or work visit is permitted in prior consultation with the Institute. Travel costs abroad during the fellowship are at the expensive of the fellow.
  • Fellows are expected to give at least one seminar during their stay, to be planned and organised by the CRG with which they are linked.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ASCL Visiting Fellowship Programme