The Africa Is a Country Fellowship/ How to Apply ($3000)

Having received support from the Shuttleworth Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, Africa Is a Country calls for applicants for its inaugural fellowship program. The Africa Is a Country Fellowship Program, which will last nine months and award $3000 to each fellow, is designed to provide original work that sheds fresh light on the very crucial and important topics that are yet under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums.  These topics include, but are not limited to: “work and worker rights; the climate crisis; women/gender issues; immigration/border politics; reactionary politics (neoliberal authoritarianism, xenophobia, Afro-capitalism); political alternatives to neoliberalism and state-led pan-Africanism, and social movements as well as African and diaspora history and culture.” They want these topics to be treated in essays/ reporting and analysis, documentary videos, photo essays, and more. However, fiction and poetry and the fine and performing arts will not be considered for support from The Africa Is a Country Fellowship Program.

Applications are received on a rolling basis but there is a priority deadline: February 20, 2020.

Who is Eligible:

  • Anyone. But applicants who are at a considerable early stage in their careers will be given preference.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to produce great work that shares and supports AIAC’s mission.
  • There is no application fee.

How to Apply:

  • Send a bio of not more than 2500 characters.
  • Tell them about your topic proposal; it should not exceed 7500 characters.
  • Include a project timeline; this should not be more than 1500 characters.
  • Include links to two previous works examples.
  • If you want to, you could also include references.
  • In your application, you should answer the following questions:

Why is your topic important and how will it further the AIAC mission? (max 1500 characters)

Where and on what mediums will you seek to republish your work? (max 1500 characters)

How will this fellowship help you and your personal career? (max 1500 characters)

What challenges will you face for your proposed work and how do you expect to overcome them? (max 1500 characters)

What kind of support or mentorship would you expect from AIAC? (max 1500 characters)

  • Though the application is accepted on a rolling basis, applications received by February 20, 2020 will be given priority consideration, and, on or before March 1, 2020 the applicants will be notified of the status of their applications.
  • Apply for The Africa Is A Country Fellowship here.

Award:

  • Each fellow will receive $3000, which may cover time, travel, translation, and/ or other expenses.
  • The produced work will be published on Africa Is a Country.

Also check out the African Writers Trust Fellowship Programme.

Good luck.

Ernest Ogunyemi

Ernest O. Ogunyemi enjoys playing with words to express what he feels within, or wants to feel. His stories have appeared in magazines and blogs such as Tuck Magazine, Naija Stories, Poetry Soup and his poetry is forthcoming in Acumen91 (out in May) and African Writing. Currently, he is working on a short story collection: Weaving Fine Rhythms from Broken Tunes.

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