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Professor Francis Nyamnjoh of the University of Cape Town is in the University of Education, Winneba, to interact with staff and PhD students about how to write a good proposal in order to secure the African Humanities Program fellowship.

On  18th and 19th July,  2017, he met with staff and PhD students of some Faculties of the University at the History Reading Room of the Faculty Block as well as staff and students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Education and Communication at the Department of English Seminar Room.

The  meetings were chaired by Professor Yaw Ofosu-Kusi, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Education, and was co-chaired by Dr. Rebecca Akpanglo-Nartey, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Education and Communication with thirty-six participants attending. 

In his address, Professor Nyamnjoh said he was in the University to encourage more young lecturers who have completed their PhD within the past eight years and those still undertaking PhD programmes to participate in the call for proposal for the 2017/2018 AHP fellowship, which happens to be the last of the ten-year programme.

He said disciplines in the Humanities such as History, Languages, Literature, the Fine Arts, Philosophy and Religion are eligible. Topics from the Social Sciences which are defined by history and culture and given a qualitative touch shall also be considered. He added that in evaluating proposals, evaluators look out for clarity, rigor and cogency of presentation; substantive academic merit of the proposal and contribution of the project to scholarship within a chosen discipline and within the humanities more broadly.

Professor Nyamnjoh advised participants to allow existing challenges and scholarship to inform and dictate the subject matter of their proposals, and develop a work plan which is well organised and complete.

The seminars ended with Prof. Nyamnjoh donating a copy of his recently published book#RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa. The head of the Department of History, Dr. Jim Weiler, received a copy of the book on behalf of the Faculty.

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