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Ebrahim Hussein Fellowship

Call for Applications: NOW OPEN

Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018



The Ebrahim Hussein Endowment for research in African literature was established in the College of Letters and Science in 2003 thanks to the generosity of Robert M. Philipson, alumnus of the College of Letters and Science (Ph.D.1989). The College will award $7500 each year to one or more full-time graduate students in L&S to carry out research on African literature in Africa and/or archives outside of the United States. The research must lead to a Ph.D. dissertation, an M.A. thesis, or a publishable-quality paper. Doctoral students may receive up to $7500 each; M.A. level students may receive up to $3,750 each.

Selection Criteria

- Excellence of research proposal

- Demonstrated commitment to African literature

- General academic record

- Strong letters of recommendation

Three finalists from the application process will be interviewed by the fund committee for the final determination of the award.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Samuel England at

Application Instructions:

To apply for this fellowship, you must create and name your application as specified in these instructions and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted. All three documents must be uploaded at the bottom of this page.

Your application must be saved as a single PDF document and named using the following format:

“[Last Name]-[First Name]-EHF.pdf”

For example, if your name is Malik Shabazz, your PDF must be named:


 Your PDF must include the following items in this order:

  1. One- to two-page application letter describing the need for funding, the proposed research, and the significance of the project to your academic career.
  2. Academic transcript
  3. Five-page research proposal
  4. Description of other funding

 Research proposals should include a research timeline, description of contacts overseas, if any, and a budget. Proposals giving attention to one or more African languages will receive priority.

Letters of Recommendation:

Each application requires two letters of recommendation discussing the overall quality of the student’s work, the nature of the student’s research, and the contribution that the work will make both to the student’s major discipline and to the humanities generally. Letters of recommendation must be submitted as PDF documents and must be named using the following format:

“[Student’s Last Name]-[Student’s First Name]-LOR-[Recommender’s Last Name].pdf”

For instance, if the recommenders name is Dr. Nkrumah, and the student’s name is Malik Shabazz, the letter of recommendation must be named:


Applications and letters of recommendation may be uploaded using the widget below. Please note that only complete applications comprised of documents named according to the instructions above will be considered.