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LUCAS-LAHRI Virtual Research Fellowships Scheme 2021 for African Researchers

The Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS), in collaboration with the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI), is pleased to announce a limited number of short-term virtual research fellowships for 2021.

Application Deadline: 8th March 2021

About the Award: The Virtual Research Fellowships are short-term (three-month) fellowships for academics based at institutions on the African continent, who through these positions will be given an opportunity to undertake a well-defined piece of research in collaboration with academics at Leeds. Each fellowship comes with an award of £1,000, to be used by the applicant for research expenses and/or buy-out from teaching duties at their institution.

The scheme is thematically linked to the LAHRI-funded Sadler seminar series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges” running this year. This interdisciplinary series explores questions related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Challenges Research agendas from critical decolonial and Africa-centred perspectives. Hence, we welcome proposals that foreground “Africa” as a starting point for interrogating existing, and developing new knowledges relating to major societal challenges.

The ‘well-defined piece of research’ that the Fellow will work on during the fellowship will have a tangible output, in the form of a publication (jointly authored with a Leeds academic) AND/OR a grant application (jointly prepared with a Leeds academic and supported by LAHRI).

During their tenure, the Fellows will be associated with the University of Leeds, administratively hosted by LAHRI, while intellectually embedded in the research community of LUCAS. They will have access to online library resources and participate in research activities of LUCAS and other units relevant to their research interests. Each Fellow will also deliver an open presentation, for example as a virtual student-facing lecture or a research seminar, based on the topic of their research.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: Candidates who have completed their PhD by the application deadline at any university are eligible, as long as they are currently based at an academic institution on the African continent. Proposals from Arts, Humanities, humanistic Social Sciences and adjacent disciplines are welcome as long as they broadly and critically engage with the theme of “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”. Applicants will have to confirm that a University of Leeds academic member of staff has agreed to support their application.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be Taken at (Country): Online

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Each fellowship comes with an award of £1,000, to be used by the applicant for research expenses and/or buy-out from teaching duties at their institution.

Duration of Award: 3 months (The three-month fellowship period is supposed to be taken up in the period May–December 2021).

How to Apply: Please download the Scheme Details and Expression of Interest form for further information.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
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