Becoming a Visiting Researcher

The principal purpose of the African Studies Center is to foster research on Africa and disseminate findings through seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications. Africanist scholars can be appointed as visiting researchers in order to gain access to the many research tools available at Boston University, to become active participants in ASC activities, and to contribute to the research output of the center.

Appointment as a visiting researcher of the African Studies Center can be a mutually rewarding venture for both the applicant and the center. Affiliation as a visiting researcher does not involve salary or fringe benefits nor does it guarantee office space. It does, however, provide access to and involvement with an active community of scholars from around the world, faculty privileges which include full library use, a bookstore discount, access to the center’s many facilities, and support for generating and administering grant and contract activity for further research. In return, the center requires active participation in our program (see Part III, below).

Appointments are for a period of one year. Requests for reappointment may be made at the end of that period.

I.  Boston University requirements for initial affiliation

  1. A letter addressed to the Director requesting appointment, stating reason for request, research interests, and research plans for the period of appointment.
  2. Three letters of reference from colleagues outside of the Boston University community.
  3. A copy of your current curriculum vitae. (PhD required for visiting researcher status.)

II.  Boston University requirements for reappointment

  1. A letter of request addressed to the Director listing research and publishing activities during your current affiliation as well as your future plans in these areas.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.

III.  African Studies Center requirements for initial affiliation or for reappointment

During the period of appointment, a researcher is expected to fulfill both of the following requirements:

  1. Either submit a working paper to the center for publication consideration or submit a proposal for sponsored research through the center.
  2. Participate regularly in one of the center’s seminar series.

Materials may be sent to Assistant Director Eric J. Schmidt.


See here for a list of current Visiting Researchers.