Fellows & Grantees

William Musamba

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2020
Project Title
Contested History in Uganda: The Case of Busoga (1800-2015)
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
PhD Candidate, History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Makerere University


William Musamba holds a Second-class Upper Degree of Bachelor of Arts with education (history and geography), and a Master of Education in social sciences and Arts Education (History option), all from Makerere University. He is currently a pursuant of a PhD Degree in Historical Humanities in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University. His PhD research theme on Sub-ethnic Identities and Conflict in Uganda: The Case of Busoga (1887 to 1967), is being funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany. In June 2020, he was awarded a Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa followship for 2020-2021 with funds provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided additional support for his Doctoral Proposal Development. Musamba has also taught history on the Bachelor of Education (External) Programme, housed in the College of Education and External Studies at Makerere University. His research interests revolve around sub-ethnic identities, sub-ethnic nationalism, sub-ethnic conflict, pan-ethnic cohesion, and the colonial fabrication of African ethnicities. Dr. Edgar C. Taylor and Professor Archangel R. Byaruhanga are jointly supervising his PhD research.