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Visiting Research Only (VRO) Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships 

The University of Western Ontario currently has Two Visiting Research Only (VRO) Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships available to successful Graduate Student (Masters and or Ph.D.) applicants from a partnering institution based in any one of the Commonwealth African Nations. The successful recipients of this scholarship will have the opportunity to come to Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada to conduct research under the supervision of one of our world-class Faculty members for a period of 6 months.


Scholarship Details:

  • Applicants for these 2 available scholarships must be a non-Canadian Commonwealth country citizens. Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible.
  • Applicants must be under 35 years of age to be considered eligible for this scholarship.
  • Students applying for this scholarship must be working under the supervision of a Western Faculty Member affiliated with the Africa Institute.
  • The Visiting Research Only Scholarship will fund travel to and from Canada for two successful Graduate students (there is a maximum of $2000 Canadian Dollars will be allotted for this expense).
  • The Scholarship will pay for the living expenses of students in Canada for 6 months  ($1250Canadian Dollars per month for food, accommodations etc. for the duration of the 6 months).  
  • Successful students will have access to Western University Library Facilities and other Research related services while studying here.  
  • Successful scholarship recipients must apply for a Canadian work permit and successfully secure a valid Canadian Work Permit before January 31, 2018.
  • All successful scholarships must be completed by December 31, 2018. 

  *For examples of the types of projects other short-term QEII VRO scholars are engaged in, please visit our website here:   http://www.uwo.ca/africainstitute/qe_ii_scholars/qe_ii_scholars_2017.html

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Application Form:  



New PhD program in African history at UNC-CH

The Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proudly announces its new Ph.D. program in African history. Applications for the first cohort of African history Ph.D. students will be accepted beginning in fall 2017 for admission in fall 2018.

UNC’s Ph.D. program in African history is characterized by a dynamic, attentive faculty; broad and deep training in the field; outstanding opportunities for comparative study in complementary fields and disciplines; and extensive additional resources available through UNC’s federally funded African Studies Center. Core faculty members Lisa Lindsay, Emily Burrill, and Lauren Jarvis focus on Nigeria and the Atlantic World, Mali, and South Africa respectively; they are also particularly attuned to themes of transnationalism, gender, politics, slavery, and religion.

African history Ph.D. students will take a combination of required courses in African historiography and research methods; topical courses on Africa that vary annually and are shaped by student needs and faculty interests; individual tutorials; and related courses in other fields and/or departments. Students may pursue training in African languages with opportunities for funding through Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. 

Ph.D. students in African history will join a vibrant, successful graduate program notable for the rich diversity of its subject fields, theoretical approaches, and thematic areas of historical investigation, as well as its strong sense of community. 

For more information about the Ph.D. program in African history, please contact Profs. Lisa Lindsay ( lalindsa@email.unc.edu ), Emily Burrill ( eburrill@email.unc.edu ), or Lauren Jarvis ( ljarvis@email.unc.edu ). General information about UNC’s graduate program in history is at http://history.unc.edu/graduate-program/.







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