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Funded fellowship for African practical philosophers

2023 GGJ FELLOWSHIP Philosophy- Leiden University The Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University is offering a fellowship to practical philosophers working on the African continent, of four months. The fellow would be in Leiden during the second semester of the academic year 2022/2023, which runs from February 2023 to end of May 2023 (a longer stay is an option). The fellowship covers travel and housing as well as a monthly stipend.

This fellowship is part of the Global Global Justice Project, which aims to amplify the voices of African practical (moral, political, legal) philosophers, particularly (but not exclusively) in debates about global justice. The conviction underlying this project is that debates in practical philosophy benefit from an inclusive global dialogue, in which we talk with those living elsewhere rather than just about. The aim is to establish links between academics on both sides of the Mediterranean as well as expose Dutch students to more diverse perspectives. During their fellowship, the fellow will be involved in teaching one course.

This project is funded co-funded by the Leiden University Foundation, Gratama Foundation and the Leiden Institute for Philosophy.

What we offer:

  • A lively and lovely research community at the Institute for Philosophy. The fellow is co-hosted by the Centre for Political Philosophy and the Centre for Intercultural Philosophy. Fellows can participate in departmental seminars, and present some of their work.
  • A place to work at the institute, access to the library (online and offline) and university facilities for the duration of their stay.  
  • The value of the fellowship is €11.000,-  This allows the institute to cover, travel, housing and visa costs as well as a monthly stipend to cover local costs of living and local travel of about 500 euro’s per month.
  • The university and the institute offer support for finding housing, booking tickets, acquiring visa.

What we are looking for:

  • A practical (i.e. moral and political) philosopher working on the African continent. We particularly encourage people working on global justice to apply, but this is not a requirement.
  • Someone who holds a PhD in Philosophy, Political Theory, or a related discipline.
  • Someone with a good command of the English language.
  • Someone research active, eager to participate in the academic life at our institute.
  • We particularly encourage women and early career philosophers to apply.

To apply, please send the following documents, in one pdf file, to t.meijers@phil.leidenuniv.nl before the June 1st 2022.

  • Your CV, including list of publication
  • A description of your research profile (max 400 words)
  • A short letter of motivation
  • The names and contact details of up to 3 people willing to provide references (no need for letters at this point)

The selection committee consists of Dr. Michael Eze, Dr. Tim Meijers and Dr. Wouter Kalf (director of education). For inquiries about the fellowship, please contact Tim Meijers at t.meijers@phil.leidenuniv.nl.


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