Call for Applications: 2017/18 Kennell Jackson Award

The Institute of African Studies invites applications from University of Ghana PhD students for the 2017/18 Kennell Jackson Award.

Kennell A. Jackson Jr. was a Professor of African history for about 25 years and served as Director of the African and African American Studies programme at the Stanford University for close to a decade.

Jackson is known for his 1996 book America is Me: The Most Asked and Least Understood Questions about Black American History. He co-edited another book titled Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture.


Eligible applicants should be registered PhD students pursuing programmes in the humanities at the University of Ghana in any of the following research areas:

  • African history
  • African American history
  • Performing arts
  • Pan-Africanism/Political science


Applicants should submit to the address below, a research proposal of not more than 1,000 words, in 12 pt font size of font type Times New Roman format and double–spaced

The proposal should include the following:

  1. Research objectives
  2. Conceptual framework in which the applicant must refer to the broad areas of literature consulted.
  3. Research methods
  4. Relevant references
  5. A work plan indicating the work to be completed with the grant.

Applicants should also indicate the stage reached in their research work at the time of application, that is,

  • Just beginning
  • Ready for field work
  • Writing up

Applicants should submit research proposals and two sealed referee reports from applicants’ supervisors to the address below, not later than Friday, June 30, 2017.

The Coordinator, Graduate Programmes

Institute of African Studies

P.O. Box LG 73


Applicants may also forward their proposals to: nanbigne@ug.edu.gh/nanbigne@gmail.com

The decision of the assessors will be announced at a later date.