5 Carnegie Corporation of New York Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Africa AI Ethics (open to international candidates)


The HUMA Institute for Humanities in Africa, situated within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town (UCT), announces the availability of five prestigious Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, these fellowships aim to support exceptional scholars interested in pursuing academic careers with a focus on African perspectives on artificial intelligence (AI) ethics. This article outlines the details of the fellowship opportunity, including eligibility criteria, requirements, and application procedure.

About HUMA:

HUMA is an interdisciplinary research institute at UCT dedicated to promoting the humanities as a crucial lens for knowledge generation and public engagement. Its objectives include facilitating interdisciplinary research, nurturing the next generation of academics, and contributing to societal discourse from both academic and public perspectives. Emphasizing an Africa-centered framework, HUMA seeks to establish meaningful connections within the continent and globally.

Fellowship Details:

  • Duration and Start Date: The fellowship is for a two-year term with an immediate start date.
  • Research Focus: Scholars are expected to center their research on questions related to artificial intelligence, grounding their work in the humanities.
  • Responsibilities: Fellows will engage in individual and collaborative research, mentorship at the honors level, limited teaching, public engagement activities, and participation in intellectual events organized by HUMA.
  • Value: Each fellowship is valued at R300,000 per annum, inclusive of tuition and relocation costs. Additional funding for research visits and conference participation (up to R30,000 annually) is available.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must hold a PhD degree obtained within the past five years, demonstrate a commitment to scholarly excellence, and possess strong communication skills.
  • Residency: Fellows are required to reside in Cape Town for the duration of the fellowship.

How to Apply

Application Procedure: Interested candidates are required to submit the following documents in a single PDF file to [email protected]:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact details of three referees
  • Academic transcripts and diplomas
  • Recent publication or written work
  • Research/book proposal
  • Timeline for the fellowship

The deadline for applications is 14 April 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their research projects to the HUMA team as part of the recruitment process.



The HUMA UCT CCNY Africa AI Ethics Postdoctoral Research Fellowship presents a unique opportunity for African scholars to advance their academic careers while contributing to critical discussions on artificial intelligence and ethics. With a focus on interdisciplinary research and public engagement, this fellowship aims to nurture the next generation of humanities scholars in Africa. Applicants are encouraged to apply and seize this exciting opportunity to make meaningful contributions to scholarship and societal dialogue.

Note: HUMA reserves the right to make appointments based on merit and may modify the conditions of the award as deemed necessary.

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