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Field Assignment African Studies


Admission requirements


Students will spend a minimum of six weeks in Africa, working with a local partner on a topic of joint interest, but linked to the research field in which the student wants to specialise and continue with the Master’s thesis research. The local partners can be NGOs, CBOs, local or central government agencies, media, art or business agencies. Local partners can also be scientific institutes or think tanks. Students can spend an additional five weeks if the field assignment also provides the data they need for their final MA thesis.
The facilitative structure will be linked to the collaborative research group structure of the African Studies Centre, with additions from the Faculty of Humanities and possibly make use of the Afrika Studies Centre Community, see

Course objectives

To experience working and living in Africa; to learn how to work within a project, organisation or research team; to learn how to work with and for a community; to acquire practical skills to bring a project to a fruitful end in a new and culturally different environment; to experience data collection in the field.



Mode of instruction

Practical work under supervision.

Course load

  • Time spent on preparation and stageplan: 30hours

  • Time for interaction with local and Leiden supervisor: 20

  • Time for working in the project: 200 hours

  • Time for writing final report: 30 hours

Assessment method

Assessment on the basis of the report by the local supervisor of the work carried out during the internship (50%) and the final report by the student (50%)



Reading list

Not applicable.


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