Tandem Residential Fellowships at the University of Ghana(3-6 months for the academic year 2023/2024 )

Application deadline: 31 August 2022

Apply now for the Tandem Residential Fellowships.A tandem is made up of a pair of researchers that apply together with a combined research topic that addresses MIASA’s broad objectives, one of whom is based in Germany and the other in an African nation.

The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. Our main thematic corridors are conflict and sustainable peace, democracy and environmental transformation. We are also interested in a wide range of intersectional sub-topics, such as landownership and acquisition, migration and mobility, restitution of cultural objects, African cities, human rights and related themes.

 MIASA is committed to reduce global asymmetries in knowledge production, to promote female scholarship and to bridge cultural divides. The institute offers time and space for supporting innovative academic projects of top international quality. Moreso, serves as a hub for exchange, networking and collaboration amongst leading researchers from Germany, Ghana, Africa, Europe and elsewhere in the world.


  • A pair of researchers, one of whom is based in Germany and the other in an African nation, who jointly apply with a research topic that addresses MIASA’s main objectives.
  • Scholars (including junior and senior levels) who received their doctoral degree at least three months prior to the fellowship start date are eligible to apply.
  • Projects may be at the conceptual, interim, or final stages (analyzing data, writing up findings). Fellowships are residential, with only brief absences permitted and little money available to support extracurricular activities like field research trips.
  • The prestigious worldwide academic advisory board of MIASA makes the decision. Tandem fellowships are given to researchers of the highest academic caliber who have an excellent research topic. The selection process is solely based on merit.
  • Academic excellence of applicants and fellowship proposal are the two most crucial selection factors. Inclusion, gender equality, and family friendliness are values that MIASA upholds. Thus, the MIASA fellowship program encourages affirmative action and strives for gender equity.

Fellowship  benefits.

  • The successful applicants become MIASA fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period.
  • For fellows affiliated with a home institution the fellows’ salary or teaching substitution costs are met by MIASA for every full fellowship month on the principle of “no loss, no gain,” and paid directly to his/her home institution.
  • In cases where this is not possible an individual grant based on the candidate’s salary at his/her home institution can be offered.
  • Fellows may be eligible for a post adjustment to compensate for the difference in the cost of living based on a case-by-case justification.
  • Fellows without employment receive an individual monthly grant.
  • For fellows from outside Accra, MIASA provides accommodation (or an equivalent accommodation allowance of up to 1500€/month) and reimburses travel costs.
  • In addition, a contribution to support research undertaken at MIASA can be granted to all MIASA fellows upon application to MIASA directors (max. 250€ per fellow per month).
  • MIASA fellows who come with family members to Accra can receive a family allowance.
  • The Institute provides its fellows with office space on the University of Ghana campus. Fellows have full access to all library services at the University of Ghana and, electronically, at the University of Freiburg, Germany.


  • Applications will be accepted in English and French.
  • After submission of the documents, applicants receive an acknowledgement of receipt providing contact details and including a copy of their submission. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applications must include the following information:

  • Front page with general information on the applicant (max. 2 pages)
  • Title, name (last, first), e-mail address, link to webpage.
  • Date of doctorate.
  • Current position/affiliation, institution and business address (name of institution/ city/ country).
  • Research field.
  • Title of joint tandem fellowship project.
  • Abstract of the joint tandem fellowship project (max. 150 words).
  • Dates for the joint tandem fellowship at MIASA for which you apply.
  • The two most important reasons why you apply for a residential fellowship at MIASA.

The completed application form together with the information indicated above have to be uploaded on the application webpage (click here).

Application deadline: 31 August 2022

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