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Once the work program of the Institute is launched, we will be accepting applications for status as a Fellow from academics, practicing attorneys, graduate students, staff from non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and others working or researching in areas related to our mandate. Affiliation to the Institute will be possible under four different categories:


Senior Fellows — Approximately five Senior Fellows will be selected to be the Directors of Studies. Each of the Senior Fellows/Directors of Studies will be responsible for the Institute's work in a number of African countries based on a division to be determined. Senior Fellows will be required to hold a doctorate degree in law, political science or another relevant discipline and would usually be academics from African and overseas universities with a record of publication and scholarship. Their research would encompass areas that fall within the Institute's mandate. Between three and five additional Senior Fellowships will be established to facilitate research in other areas of the social sciences.

2. Research Fellows — Approximately ten Research Fellows will be responsible for interdisciplinary research in the issue areas within the Institute's mandate. Research Fellows will be required to hold at minimum a master's degree though preference will be given to candidates in the process of completing a doctorate degree in their fields, or those with extensive work experience and a record of scholarship. With support and guidance from Senior Fellows, Research Fellows will produce an article, book chapter or book before the end of their tenure at the Institute. The product of the research, where judged to be of publishable quality by a panel of internal experts, will be recommended for inclusion in the Institute's law journal or another suitable publication.


Student Fellows — Student Fellows will be recruited from among exceptional undergraduate and graduate students at African and overseas universities to provide research support and general assistance to the Senior Fellows/Directors of Studies for a minimum of six months. Preference will be given to Fellows who can reside at the Institute for a year or more.

Non-African Student Fellows will be responsible for their own funding. As African students do not usually have the means to participate in such fellowships and internships, the Institute will provide a stipend to cover their costs. To be eligible, African students must be enrolled in a degree program at an African university. An annual competition will be held to select both African and foreign student fellows. The Directors of Studies will assist Student Fellows to obtain appropriate academic credit at their home universities/colleges for work completed at the Institute.


Visiting Fellows — Visiting Fellows will be selected from among distinguished academics, judges, attorneys and other professionals with an outstanding record of scholarship and publications. Visiting Fellows will be resident at the Institute to avail themselves of our specialized research facilities on African law. Visiting Fellows will be required to teach a course or two at the Institute's Legal and Judicial Training Center.

For more information about the fellowships program, please e-mail info@africalawinstitute.org.