London School of Economics African Research Fellowship for Scholars from Africa

African Research Fellowship

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

Scholarship Description
Launched on 4th March 2010, the Africa International Affairs Programme (AIAP) of the London School of Economics (LSE) IDEAS now invites applications for the new African Research Fellowship.

The new fellowship program 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 African Research 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.

London School of Economics African Research Fellowship

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 ALL African countries

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

Field of study
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
Not specified -- Several will be granted

Sponsorship duration
Fellowship is for a period of up to four months for the 2011-12 period

Scholarship benefits
This is a FULL fellowship, however, the specifics have not been announced by sponsor. Please inquire from the provider

Method of Application
Interested applicants should follow instructions as outlined below to apply. Please use A4-sized plain paper only. Please do not staple your application. Applications will not be accepted by fax under any circumstances. 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 the address below:

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

It is important to download and read the African Research Fellowship (pdf) and also to visit the official webpage (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this new fellowship programme.

The submission deadline for applications is 1st September 2011

The Africa International Affairs Programme (AIAP) was formally launched on 4th March 2010 by the LSE IDEAS. More details here.

LSE IDEAS is a foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is ranked as one of the third best University Affiliated Think Tanks in the world. IDEAS was founded as a think tank for Diplomacy and Strategy in February 2008, succeeding the Cold War Studies Centre founded in 2004. [Updated 2016: It runs seven research projects, public and private events (101 in 2015) and publishes analysis of international affairs. In addition, IDEAS houses the LSE Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy, a programme designed to enhance the strategic vision of mid-career professionals.]

The London School of Economics (officially The London School of Economics and Political Science or referred to as LSE) is a public research university located in London, England and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Founded in 1895, LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and first issued degrees to its students in 1902. LSE is located in Westminster, central London, near the boundary between Covent Garden and Holborn. The area is historically known as Clare Market.

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

Further Scholarship Information and Application

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