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Fellowship for African academics

The African Studies Association of the UK, in association with the British Academy, is offering a teaching fellowship of up to £9,000 to a UK based academic for work in an African University during 2011-12. The award is open to applicants of any nationality trained in British universities and will cover about six months subsistence as well as travel expenses.

To apply for the fellowship applicants should submit;

• a CV, including research plans and teaching experience
• a short description of teaching plans and any co-funding or partnership arrangement
• a letter of support from a sponsor in an African institution
• a letter of support from a supervisor or other referee in the UK.

The closing date for applications is Friday the 30th of September 2011. Applications should be submitted to David Kerr: d.kerr@bham.ac.uk

All the best,

David Kerr
Research Administrator ASAUK
C/O Centre of West African Studies
Birmingham University
B15 2TT
0121 414 5124


The London office of the Rift Valley Institute (www.riftvalley.net) seeks one graduate-level intern from April 2010.

The successful applicant will join a small administrative team working with the Chair of the Institute and other RVI Fellows, managing the Institute's field research projects and training courses in Eastern Africa, as well as maintaining long-term RVI programmes such as the Sudan Open Archive (www.sudanarchive.net). 

There are no formal qualifications for RVI internships, but successful applicants are likely to have completed a Master's degree in a relevant discipline and have a demonstrable knowledge of the East African region. Other useful skills include fluency in one or more major languages of the region and IT competence, particularly in video-editing and/or graphic design. The internship is open to UK residents only. Applicants must live within travelling distance of the RVI office in London W11. 

The application deadline is 31 March 2010. Interviews and trial days will take place at the beginning of April. Please send the following to the UK Administrator, Jin-ho Chung (jinho.chung@riftvalley.net): CV, names and contacts of at least two referees, and a short covering letter addressed to John Ryle, Chair of the RVI.

The minimum period of an internship is four months, three days per week. The internship is unpaid but applicants will receive a daily allowance for travel within London. Lunch is also provided. The internship may lead to the offer of a salaried position at the RVI London office. 

Former RVI interns now work for international NGOs, indigenous NGOs in Eastern Africa, in academic research, in the civil services of various countries, and as members of the administrative staff of the RVI.

Rift Valley Institute
1 St Luke's Mews
London W11 1DF
Tel UK: 020 7229 2562
Tel International: +44 20 7229 2562

Skillset TV Freelance Fund
The Skillset TV Freelance Fund is offering bursaries on a pre-selected range of courses covering key multiplatform skills in the industry. The following BBC Academy courses will be available at a subsidised rate to successful applicants: Introduction to Multiplatform, Shooting for the Web and Project Management for Multiplatform.
For further information, or to see if you are eligible to apply, visit the BBC Training website.
Link: www.bbctraining.com/coursesubsidies.asp

Doctoral program with GTZ, Germany. CLICK HERE for details

Goldsmiths International Graduates Program. CLICK HERE for details

Graham Bell Nominations Awards. CLICK HERE for details

QFIS scholarships for 2010/2011. CLICK HERE for details

MSc is Social Research Methods and Statistics. Details

Mandarin Language Enrichment Program. Details

Fellowship: Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution . Details

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme. Details

Research Fellow in Information Technology. Details

Call for applications - International Master's Programme in Information Technology 2010/12. Details



Be one of 6 young journalists
to cover the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Forum
in Brussels in May 2010! CLICK HERE for more information




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Two PhD positions at the Centre for African Studies

The Centre for African Studies Basel calls for applications for two doctoral positions funded by the Humer Foundation (Humer-Stiftung zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses).
The research is to be carried out within the framework of the interdisciplinary programme "Living the City", which addresses processes of invention and intervention in the dynamics of urbanisation in Africa. The funding over a period of three years corresponds to the rates of the Swiss National Research Foundation and invites promising young researchers to commit themselves fully to their projects.
The awardees will work in one of the following fields of research: "Public Health and Social Life" "Media and Imagination", "Knowledge Production and Transfer", "Governance and Civil Society" and "Environment and Development". Applicants have to fulfil the conditions for admission to PhD studies at the University of Basel and will be supervised by one of the professors involved in the Centre for African Studies Basel. The core disciplines are  Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, History, Social Anthropology and Sociology. For further disciplines and fields please refer to our website (www.zasb.unibas.ch/about/people/).

Applicants must hold an excellent MA or MSc degree or equivalent qualification in one of the disciplines listed above;
show original ideas for a research project in line with the joint research theme "Living the City";
have very good English language skills;
be ready to take up their project by 1 March 2010.

Your application includes:
a letter of motivation (not exceeding two pages) with special reference to the research project Living the City;
a short proposal (1'500-2'500 words) for an original research project in this context;
copies of undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas complete with transcripts;
a curriculum vitae (not exceeding two pages);
two letters of recommendation by university professors.
The application is to be submitted as PDF document by email to veit.arlt@unibas.ch
31 January 2010

Further information:
see the short description of the project Living the City attached
visit our websites: www.africa.unibas.ch, www.zasb.unibas.ch

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunity at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

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NICHD: Developmental Infrastructure for Population Research (**PAR**-07-401)

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AFRICA SCHOLARSHIP - Master’s Degree (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation

Individuals from all African countries are invited to apply for admission to study for the Master’s Degree (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a regional co-operation initiative presented in partnership by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the faculties of law at:

Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
University of Ghana
Makerere University (Uganda)
University of the Western Cape (South Africa)

This premier course, the only one if its kind, focuses specifically on human rights as seen from the African perspective. The course is presented full time over one academic year (two semesters) that runs from the end of January to early December and comprises eight modules. The first semester is spent at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, studying the following modules:

Module 1: Methodology of human rights research, education and advocacy
Module 2: Democratisation in Africa
Module 3: International and comparative human rights
Module 4: Human rights in Africa
Module 5: Introduction to the South African legal system and Bill of Rights
Module 6: Human rights in the field (Field trip)

At the end of the first semester, the class is divided into seven groups, each of which spends the next five months at one of the partner universities where they complete the following two modules and/or internships:

Module 7: Accredited courses
Module 8: Dissertation

Instruction is by way of formal lectures and practical exercises. The lecturers are some of the most prominent human rights experts in the world. Emphasis is placed on classroom participation and there is ample opportunity for informal interaction between the students and lecturers. Students can make use of extensive library facilities and have 24-hour access to computers.

A substantial part of the course is dedicated to the use of the Internet in research on human rights law. The medium of instruction is English, of which students must have a good working knowledge in order to follow lectures and participate fully in class discussions and practical exercises.

Students who did undertake their studies in Englsih are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Upon admission to the programme advanced English is provided for students from non-English speaking countries and French is taught to students from English speaking countries. Students who are fluent in both English and French study Portuguese.

Admission is on a competitive basis and bursaries are available.

Applicants must be in possession of a first degree in Law (LL.B, licence en droit or licenciatura em direito) and should submit the following documentation by post (no electronic applications will be accepted):

1. Letter of motivation (a one-page letter stating why you would like to do the course)
2. CV (a two-page curriculum vitae (including your full particulars: name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail)
3. Transcript (detailed academic record showing subjects taken and marks obtained)
4. Degree certificates (certified copies of all degree certificates)
5. Letters of recommendation (two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation/support)
6. Financial application (a one-page letter detailing your financial position and indicating why you would need assistance)
7. English proficiency (if undergraduate studies were not in English proof of your proficiency)
8. Photo (a recent colour passport photograph)

Please note:

All documents must be typewritten. Please ensure that all documents are submitted together. There are no application forms to be completed.

Deadline for receipt of applications for the 2010 class is 31 July 2009.

Applications should be directed to:
The Coordinator, LLM (Human Rights & Democratisation)
Centre for Human Rights
Faculty of Law
University of Pretoria
Republic of South Africa
For further enquiries:
Tel: +27 (12) 420 4754
Fax: +27 (12) 362 5125
Fax: +27 866 887 666
E-mail: martin.nsibirwa(at)http://www.facebook.com/l/;up.ac.za

Royal African Society Scholarship

Royal African Society / African Studies Association members,

Attached are details of two new projects funded by the ASAUK Council, a teaching fellowship of £5,000 for a UK based academic to work at an African University and £2,500 funding for a Conference related to the ASAUK's research theme to be held in 2009. Please feel free to circulate these documents to anyone who you feel may be interested.

The deadline for application for both projects is the 3rd of December 2008.

All applications should be returned to d.kerr@asauk.net

Kind regards,

David Kerr

Research Administrator ASAUK

C/O Centre of West African Studies

Birmingham University



B15 2TT

0121 414 5124


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Architecture scholarship for Africans at Syracuse University

Mark Robbins, Dean of Syracuse Universities School of Architecture, is desperately seeking young men and women of color interested in pursuing a five year professional degree in Architecture. He says he is deeply committed to bringing diversity to his field and has scholarship money set aside to fully cover education costs for 10 students. He says that Hispanic enrollment in the school has increased substantially, but it's been harder to attract Blacks.

Syracuse Universities School of Architecture has a great reputation and this seems like a terrific opportunity, so please pass this on to
everyone you know.

Contact: Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture 315 443-2255,

ASAUK Distinguished Africanist Award

The Distinguished Africanist Award has been inaugurated by the ASAUK as a way of paying tribute to people who have made exceptional contributions to the field of African studies, i.e. people who have in one way or another expanded and disseminated knowledge of Africa, and interest in Africa. The award is not confined to academics. It is intended for people who have contributed largely to African Studies in the UK, or who have strengthened links between African Studies here and in Africa itself.

The ASAUK Council has decided that in 2008 it will award 2 Distinguished Africanist awards to Africanists who have made a notable contribution to African Studies in the UK. The next winners of the Distinguished Africanist Award will be announced at the 2008 ASAUK conference in Preston.

Nominations must come from the membership. They should consist of:

  1. a concise statement by the nominator, outlining the contributions of the nominee to African Studies in the UK, plus
  2. a selective CV and publication list of the nominee.

Please send nominations to Mr David Kerr, the ASAUK Research Administrator, by the 20th of May 2008 at the latest, to enable the Council to make the selection at the May Council meeting.

The address is: Mr David Kerr, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK, email: D.Kerr@bham.ac.uk

The first awards were made in 2001 during the ASAUK conference on Human Rights in Africa at Preston
2001 awards: Basil Davidson, John Fage, and Douglas Rimmer.
2002 awards: Lionel Cliffe, Eldred and Marjorie Jones and Shula Marks.
2004 awards: Roland Oliver and Terry Ranger
2005 award: Tony Kirk-Greene
2006 award: John Lonsdale

ASAUK Audrey Richards Prize

The Audrey Richards Prize for the best thesis on Africa is awarded every two years at the ASAUK Biennial Conference. Thanks to the generosity of the RAS and a number of publishers, who donate books, journal subscriptions and cash, this prize is well worth having. It is also a pleasant way of recognizing and encouraging our up-and-coming new Africanists.

The next prize will be for theses awarded from 2006 & 2007. All thesis supervisors in the UK are encouraged to send a copy of the best thesis examined under their supervision during this period to Mr David Kerr, the ASAUK Research Administrator, by the beginning of May 2008 at the latest, to enable the judges to come to a decision in time for the ASAUK Conference in Preston in September 2008.

The address is: Mr David Kerr, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK, email: D.Kerr@bham.ac.uk


The winners of the 2006 Audrey Richards Prize (theses from 2004 and 2005) were announced at the 2006 ASAUK conference in London. There were three winners and all three were excellent theses on diverse subjects.


Joint winners:

Dr Williams Oliver Norman, London School of Economics and Political Science
Title: Living on the Frontline: Politics, Migration and Transfrontier Conversation in the Mozambican Villages of the Mozambique-South Africa Borderland
Supervisor: Deborah James and Matthew Engelke.

Dr Samuel Cyuma, OCMS, Oxford
Title: Conflict Reconciliation in South Africa (1990-1998) and its Significance for Mediating Role of the Church in Rwanda 1990-2003
Supervisor: Dr Ben Knighton.

Third position:

Dr Kate Meagher, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. Title: Identity Economics: Informal Manufacturing and Social Networks in South-Eastern Nigeria
Supervisor: Professor Barbara Harriss-White.


Opportunity for young African scholar

ASAUK Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture

Dear ASAUK member,

You are invited to suggest a young African colleague as next year’s Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecturer, to speak at an academic conference anywhere in the UK where there will be an opportunity for ‘exposure’ outside Africa, ideally (also) at the 2008 ASAUK conference in Preston.

If you have a colleague who would be a good candidate for the lecture, please arrange for her/his CV and a short statement on the topic of her/his lecture to be sent to Mr David Kerr, the ASAUK Research Administrator.

Address: Mr David Kerr, African Studies Association, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK, email: D.Kerr@bham.ac.uk

At present, the deadline for receipt of application material is the 20 May 2008.

Selection Criteria

  • The purpose is to encourage and support junior African scholars;
  • The lecture is to be delivered by an African scholar at an African University or Centre;
  • The candidate should be at the beginning of her/his career, and ideally not over 40 years of age; and
  • The content of the lecture should be non-scientific, not-technical and on an African subject.

Although the ASAUK elects the Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecturer, the Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture is sponsored by the Royal African Society, and after the lecture, the Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecturer is required to provide a short report on her/his stay and the content of the lecture for the members of the Royal African Society.

In 2008, the lecture will be held during the 2008 ASAUK Biennial Conference at Preston. There is only one Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture; any other events held while the lecturer is in the UK would simply be ordinary talks or papers at conferences/symposia etc.

The allowances are fixed:

  • We provide an ECONOMY return air fare to London
  • We give a prize of £500 (which for tax purposes is known as ‘other expenses’)
  • We allow £500 for accommodation/food etc expenses
  • and additionally - requiring receipts/proof of purchase:
  • We give up to £250 for travel expenses to allow the lecturer to travel to other departments/ centres of African studies in the UK while he/she is in the UK.

Keep on Trucking -- Safely

University of Arkansas researchers recommend taking a holistic approach to understanding safe job performance by tractor trailer drivers.

Fredrick Muyia Nafukho 
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - When 30 tons of big rig come barreling down the road, drivers in the path want to be assured that everything has been done to maximize safety and minimize the likelihood of a crash. To do this, researchers at the University of Arkansas recommend that trucking companies and transportation policymakers take a holistic approach to truck safety, and they have suggestions for where to start.

"While focusing on the 'human factor' and its role in traffic crashes, it is important that we use a holistic approach, which advocates a systems approach of reducing traffic crashes among truck drivers," the researchers recommend in a forthcoming article in Performance Improvement Quarterly.

Fredrick Muyia Nafukho, Barbara E. Hinton and Carroll M. Graham found that there has been only limited research on the performance of tractor trailer drivers and the reduction of road traffic crashes. To learn more about the factors involved in truck drivers' job performance, they examined a year's worth of data for 14,340 drivers employed by a major trucking company. They found that a majority of the drivers in the study - 80.73 percent - had good performance records.

In part, research results support current efforts of the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow more driving time per day while limiting total on-duty time. The UA study found that when drivers' average miles driven per month are lower, the number of crashes per driver is reduced.

Barbara E. Hinton      

Carroll M. Graham      
Nafukho and colleagues recommend further study aimed at determining the effect of the new government regulations on driver performance as measured by a reduction in traffic crashes. In addition to using statistical data, they suggest that further studies include in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with truck drivers to learn what they think could make them more efficient and effective in their work.

They also advocate an approach that goes beyond the experience of the drivers to look at broader factors.

"To focus on truck drivers alone to improve drivers' performance and increased revenue for the transportation company would be misleading," the researchers concluded. "The drivers operate at the individual level. But critical to the success of any organization are the individual, process, and organizational performance levels."

A holistic approach would involve "identification of traffic problems, formulation of a national strategy to address the problems and setting of targets and performance monitoring mechanisms," according to Nafukho, Hinton and Graham.

The research results also supported results of a 2002 study that suggested driver pay has a strong and positive effect on driver performance. The researchers noted that these results and the proposed federal policy "raise a challenge to transportation companies," since drivers are currently paid based on miles driven.

An unexplained factor related to crashes was the age of the driver. While the average age for all the drivers in the study was 45.56, the average age for the drivers involved in crashes was 46.30 years. The researchers cautioned that their study was limited to the information available in the database and identified several other factors that should be studied to get a fuller picture. Future research would benefit from information about the time the accident occurred, the condition of the roads, the quality and type of road, distractions and intersections, to name a few factors.

Nafukho is associate professor and assistant head of the department of rehabilitation, human resources and communication disorders in the UA College of Education and Health Professions. Hinton is a professor and the college's associate dean for academic affairs. Graham is a visiting professor in the department.



Fredrick Nafukho, associate professor and assistant department head, department of rehabilitation, human resources and communication disorders
College of Education and Health Professions
(479) 575-4899,
nafukho@uark.edu current e-mail fnafukho@tamu.edu

Barbara Jaquish, science and research communications officer
University Relations
(479) 575-2683,

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Fredrick Muyia Nafukho, Ph.D.

Associate Professor  & Chair, HRD Program

Department of Ed. Adm. & Human Resource Development

College of Education and Human Development

511 Harrington Tower

4226 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA

E-mail fnafukho@tamu.edu Tel. 979-862-3395,

Fax. 979-862-4347


Dept. - http://eahr.tamu.edu/

HRD -http://eahr.tamu.edu/articles/hrd

Directory - http://directory.cehd.tamu.edu/view.epl?nid=fnafukho

United nations University Postdoctoral fellowships

Each year the United Nations University-Institute of Advanced studies offers a number of post-doctoral fellowships as well as PhD fellowships to scholars in the broad fields of biodiplomacy, sustainable development governance, Science policy for sustainable development, education for sustainable development, and sustainable management of rural and coastal landscapes.

Applications for these positions are now open. Further information of these fellowships and how to apply are available from our web site at

Kind regards

Dr David Leary

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies

6F, International Organizations Center


1-1-1 Minato Mirai

Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8502


Tel: +81-45-221-2342 (direct)

Fax: +81-45-221-2302

E-mail: leary@ias.unu.edu

The Audrey Richards Prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies


The Audrey Richards Prize is awarded biennially for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies which has been successfully examined in a United Kingdom institute of higher education during the two calendar years immediately preceding the 11th to 13th September 2008 ASAUK Conference.

The 2008 prize will be for theses examined between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2007. 

Nominations must be made by supervisors or examiners, with the permission of the candidate, by 31st March 2008 and should be submitted to;

Research Administrator
African Studies Association
Centre for West African Studies
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Nominations should be accompanied by a supporting letter (no more than 300 words), a copy of the thesis, and where possible a copy of the examiners’ report. The recommendation for the award will be made by the Vice-President of ASAUK supported where necessary by Council colleagues.

The winner will be announced at the September Annual General Meeting of the ASAUK and the prize presented at the ASAUK Conference in September 2008.