August 17, 2011

African Research Fellowship at London School of Economics for Africans Scholars

African Research Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Social sciences, Humanities
Course Level: Graduate (research fellowship)
Provider: London School of Economics (LSE)
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Africa International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS invites applications for the new African Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship will be for a period of up to four months during the 2011-12 academic year, and will be based at IDEAS at the LSE. The Fellowship is open to candidates from Africa (AU countries) and it is desirable that applicants are currently employed by a higher education institution, or working in a research capacity in Africa.

To be eligible:
  1. Applicants should be established African scholars in the field of international affairs and security studies sciences with experience of research on Africa.
  2. Applicants should hold a PhD or comparable qualifications and experience the fellowship is not intended for students registered for a degree or diploma, nor is it intended for senior academics.
Eligible groups
Citizens of any African country

Participating Institutions
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London; London, United Kingdom

Field of study
International affairs and security studies sciences with experience of research on Africa.

The Fellow will be expected to engage in research on a topic under one of the following themes:
  1. Africa’s role in global security
  2. Africa states and the SAARC region (includes India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) 
  3. African foreign and economic policies
Preference will be given to topics that focus on Africa and contemporary international relations and security concerns of Africa and the external powers.

The Fellow will be expected to finish a piece of research of publishable quality during their stay and make a
presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by the African International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.

Number of awards
Several will be given

Sponsorship duration
Up to four (4) months

Scholarship benefits
Inquire from the provider

Method of Application
Application should include
  • one page covering letter
  • curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • outline of proposed research of no more than four pages
  • names, addresses, and email contact details, of two referees familiar with their work, to be contacted by Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Chair of African Development at the LSE and the Chairman of the selection committee.
Applications, together with supporting documents, may be submitted either by email to Dr Sue Onslow, co-Head of the Africa International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS (

Or in hard copy to:

Dr Sue Onslow
Co-Head, Africa International Affairs Programme
London School of Economics
Columbia House (2nd Floor)
London WC2A 2AE

For completeness, you may download the African Research Fellowship (pdf) as called/announced on the official South African Historical Society website.

The submission deadline for applications is 1st September 2011.

Please use A4-sized plain paper only. Please do not staple your application. Applications will not be accepted by fax under any circumstances

Application Deadline: 1 September 2011
Open for International Students: No (ONLY Africans)

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