African-Asian Joint Fellowship Programme for Researchers to Study in Netherlands

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) was jointly established in 1993 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Leiden University, the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). It is a research and exchange platform based at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The ASC-IIAS fellowship is intended for researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions.  The African Studies Centre in Leiden, together with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), invite applications for the ASC-IIAS Joint Fellowship Programme from outstanding researchers from countries around the globe.

The ASC-IIAS Fellowship (African-Asian relations) is intended for scholars in the field of African-Asian relations. IIAS distinguishes between ‘research fellows’, and ‘affiliated fellows’. While research fellows are researchers attached to one of IIAS’s research programmes, affiliated fellows spend a limited period at IIAS to work on their own research project.

This call for application is for a position as affiliated fellow under the ASC-IIAS Fellowship at IIAS.

The ASC-IIAS fellowship is intended for researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions.

Candidates should have a PhD.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS); AND
The African Studies Centre in Leiden (ASC)

Fields of study
This fellowship supports research in the area of Asian-African interactions.

It aims to attract researchers whose work is informed by current theoretical debates in the social sciences and humanities over global connectivities and who are able to critically engage with shifting paradigms in “area studies” beyond the ways in which these have traditionally been conceived in the West.

IIAS is particularly interested in receiving fellowship proposals that go beyond a mere analysis of current issues associated with African-Asian comparative economic developments or Chinese investments in Africa — although none of these themes, if appraised critically and for their societal consequences, will of course be excluded. IIAS definition of Asia and Africa is broad and inclusive, Asia ranging from the Middle-East to the Pacific Coast, and Africa from North-Africa to the southern tip of the continent.
Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Fellowship has maximum period of 6 months

Scholarship benefits
Fellows will receive a monthly grant to cover the cost of living and housing

Method of Application
Applications include a work plan of 1000 words maximum and a CV. Interested applicants are invited to email or post their applications, consisting of: Application form(.doc), Curriculum Vitae and Two letters of reference. If you send in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post and vice versa.

Address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries:

  1. Email:; OR
  2. IIAS-ASC Fellowship Programme
    c/o Ms. Sandra van der Horst
    International Institute for Asian Studies
    Rapenburg 59
    2311 GJ Leiden
    The Netherlands

It is still important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information.

Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files, as emails larger than 10MB will be rejected by the email system.

Application Deadline: 15 September 2017
Open to International Applicants

For more inquiries about admissions and visas to study abroad, send an email or call: +2347037293057, 08125835476

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