Travel Support for PhD Students to attend the 16th Congress - A Call for Applications

The Pan African Archaeological Association (PAA) is an international platform in African archaeology and the cognate disciplines. PAA was formed in 1947 with the view to:

(1) Bring together archaeologists, palaeontologists, and geologists from one end of Africa (North, East, West, South) to the other.
(2) Provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
(3) Create contacts between students, researchers, and practitioners across Africa and in multiple disciplines; and,
(4) Forge links and friendships that otherwise would not exist and to facilitate and promote inter-African collaboration

As part of achieving the above objectives, normally, PAA hosts meetings on a four-to-five-year cycle. The first PAA meeting was held in Nairobi (Kenya) in 1947, and a recent meeting (the 15th) was held in 2018 in Rabat (Morocco). The 16th PAA meeting will be held in Zanzibar, Tanzania, 7-12 August 2022. This meeting will bring together c. 300 scholars in archaeology and related disciplines from around the world to promote research and discuss cooperation among professionals and students. The Congress will be structured around a theme, ‘Learning from African Pasts to Manage Local and Global Disasters.’ It will be a unique forum to discuss the role and place of PAA members in addressing disasters facing Africa and beyond (e.g., climate change, Covid-19, locusts, flooding, racialization). Congress participants will look back at 75 years of PAA existence to reflect on the prospects of African archaeology. Archaeologists, palaeontologists, earth scientists, historians, and heritage managers will seek to answer the question ‘can past humans’ coping and resilience strategies contribute to understanding and managing current local and global threats?

The call
PAA, the Local Organizing Team, and all the collaborators are aware that while established academics in Africa and beyond may afford to solicit funds to attend this important conference, many students and especially those based in Africa are unable. It is against this background that, with the funding from the British Institute in Eastern Africa and Eveha International, we advertise a travel grant opportunity for PhD students. Preferences will be given to PhD students who:

(1) Are based at any African academic institution.
(2) Are currently studying towards PhDs in Archaeology, Paleontology, Cultural Heritage Management, Museology.
(3) Have submitted an abstract to attend the 16th PAA Congress in Zanzibar
(4) Have not secured funding from another source.
(5) Is ready to develop a manuscript that will be submitted for publication in any of the African-based recognized archaeology/heritage journals.
(6) Students with ideas to be developed into a publishable manuscript will have an additional advantage.

What will the support cover?

(1) Return flight ticket (economy class);
(2) Conference registration fees;
(3) Hotel accommodation and meals;
(4) Ground transport/travel costs;
(5) Post-conference tours;

How to apply and Deadline
Interested students (PhD students only) should fill in the below application form and submit it, together with a recommendation letter from the lead supervisor, to with a copy to the Local Organizing Committee Chair, Dr. Elgidius Ichumbaki  on or before 13th February at 1159pm Dar es Salaam time.



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