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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies - School of History and Cultures at University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham seeks a research fellow in African Studies to contribute to their research environment and teaching for 18 months. The Fellow will engage in a programme of research agreed with their mentor. This post is funded by an endowment that enables members of staff at sub-Saharan African Universities to spend a period of time at the University of Birmingham. The post is therefore limited to applicants currently based on the African continent and affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.

Position Details

School of History and Cultures

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263

As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £44,263

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to July 2026. Contract for 18 months starting in January 2025.

Closing date: 27th May 2024


Role Summary

  • Focus on high quality research and publications in African Studies within the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

  • Regional expertise on any area of Sub-Saharan Africa or its diaspora. Candidates with expertise on Ghana are particularly encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from scholars focused on contemporary or historical periods.

  • Contribute to the research environment of the Department and wider School and University.

  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results.

  • Engage with Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching as appropriate.


Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be currently based on the African continent and employed by or affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.

  • Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic position OR submit, with their application, a statement confirming that they will be released by their home institution for the period of their appointment at the University of Birmingham.

  • Candidates must have a doctorate examined and passed between 1 September 2018 and 1 April 2024. (Candidates whose thesis has been submitted and are awaiting examination are not eligible to apply.)

  • Candidates must have a record of research and publications appropriate to the level of post-doctoral experience.

  • Candidates must have the ability to construct a convincing and achievable research and publication proposal in the field of African Studies.

  • Candidates must have the ability to contribute to undergraduate and Masters’ level teaching in African Studies.

  • Candidates must have knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.


Application Documents:

  • Full CV

  • A cover letter detailing their skills and experience

  • Research proposal covering the period of the Fellowship,

  • A writing sample of up to 10,000 words (a published article or book chapter, or a chapter of an unpublished PhD dissertation)

  • Contact details of two referees


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