Trainings and Events – Two

In close cooperation with Leiden University, the African Studies Centre offers a two-year Research Masters in African Studies (MPhil). The degree qualifies graduates for further research in academia at PhD level, or for positions in policy-making and/or in management, for example in the NGO sector. Read all this and much more on weitzenegger.de – The website for International Development Cooperation, and its (english) Newsletter.

Scholarships for MA students from Africa – Deadline 1 March 2006 – Research MA African Studies:


The Research Masters in African Studies, which is offered by the African Studies Centre in cooperation with Leiden University, is unique in the Netherlands and introduces students to a range of curricular and career options in the field of African Studies and a wide network of researchers and their current academic work.

African Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that straddles the (artificial) divide between the humanities and the social sciences, and students following this programme will develop knowledge and skills that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Research Masters in African Studies is a broad and multifaceted programme in which an interdisciplinary approach is combined with in-depth study of a particular theme and region. It is intended for talented and highly motivated students who have already undertaken the required preparatory degree courses. Having successfully completed the Research Masters programme, students will be qualified to engage in research at an academic level in universities (PhD research), or work in state institutions or within the NGO sector.

The Research Masters in African Studies is taught by leading scholars from, among others, the universities of Wageningen, Utrecht and Amsterdam (VU) in the Netherlands and Louvain in the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium. The research projects of the participating staff members are central to the programme and students will come into contact with and work alongside scholars at the forefront of African Studies. These scholars are members of different Dutch research schools, in particular the CNWS Research School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies, the CERES Research School for Resource Studies for Development and ISIM, the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World. (Read more on ASCI Research and Education).

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