Africa-China Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship

Africa-China Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Africa-China Initiative at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to partner with the Center for African Studies at Howard University to offer a one-year ACI Research Fellowship. The purpose of the ACI Fellowship is bring African scholarship, expertise, and perspectives on Africa-China (and more broadly, Africa-Asia and Global South) research to Georgetown and Howard faculty and students, research and policy centers, and government agencies in the Washington, DC area.

The ACI Fellowship is available to both non-tenured and tenured holders of PhDs. We are particularly interested in early- and mid-career scholars (including recent recipients of PhDs) with a broad range of international experience, strong teaching record, and a strong Africa-China research and publication record. We especially encourage African scholars to apply to bring an African perspective to ACI and our respective institutions.

The ACI Fellow must be in residence in the Washington, DC area for at least 10 months. The ACI Fellow will spend one academic term at Georgetown and a one academic term at Howard. These terms must be consecutive. The ACI Fellowship is funded through the ACI – Henry Luce grant award and will be administered by Georgetown.  

Remuneration for the one-year fellowship is $60,000 plus benefits and one round-trip flight.

Throughout the academic year, the ACI Fellow will spend half of their time supporting the work of Georgetown University’s Africa-China Initiative and African Studies Program during one semester, and the Africa-China activities of Howard University’s Center for African Studies and African Studies Department during one semester. During this time, the ACI Fellow will be expected to engage in Africa-China-related activities, including but not limited to: delivering one public lecture at each of the two institutions, guest lecturing on the Fellow’s areas of expertise in relevant courses, and engaging with students through meetings, attendance at public events and other formal and informal mentorship activities. The other half of the fellowship should be spent conducting research and writing projects. The ACI Fellow is encouraged to take advantage of the Washington, DC location to use The Library of Congress, The National Archives, and meet with colleagues in the U.S. government and at the area’s numerous research centers and think tanks.


The fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral graduate (Ph.D.) from an accredited university or degree- granting institution. Applicants must have a record of relevant research in the disciplines of history, political science, international relations/affairs, global studies, sociology, economics, anthropology, or related disciplines. Applicants will be assessed on the originality and relevance of their scholarship, the quality of their academic record, and their track record on Africa-China issues. We are especially keen to hear from applicants with an interest in at least one of the themes of our ACI Phase Two grant, specifically: human mobility and its impacts; climate change, natural resource extraction/exploitation, and environmental issues; digital infrastructure, technology; changing global power dynamics and influences; OR transregional (and inter-regional) engagements as they relate to Africa-China.

Application Requirements

All applications should be submitted via Interfolio at

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Names of two references*
500 -word research / publication proposal
Writing sample (dissertation chapter, book chapter, or article)
* If you are shortlisted for the fellowship, you will be notified and asked to submit two recommendation letters. The letters will be requested to be submitted via Interfolio.

Applications for the 2024-2025 ACI Fellowship will be due December 15, 2023. Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Dr Yoon Jung Park, Program Director of ACI, at


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