Applications are Now Open for the University of Birmingham Cadbury Research Program in African Studies 2024

University of Birmingham Cadbury
University of Birmingham Cadbury

We are looking for a Research Fellow in African Studies to join our research team and assist with teaching for 18 months. The Fellow will work on a research project agreed upon with their mentor.

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This position, funded by an endowment, allows staff from sub-Saharan African universities to spend time at the University of Birmingham. Therefore, only applicants based in Africa and affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution are eligible.


– Full-time starting salary: £34,980 to £44,263



– Based in Africa and affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.
– Must either not hold a permanent academic position or provide a statement from their home institution confirming release for the Fellowship period.
– Doctorate completed between September 1, 2018, and April 1, 2024 (candidates awaiting thesis examination are not eligible).
– Proven research and publication record suitable for post-doctoral experience.
– Ability to create a feasible and compelling research and publication proposal in African Studies.
– Capable of contributing to undergraduate and Masters’ teaching in African Studies.
– Understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and commitment to ensuring equality and fairness.


– Experience in collaborative research, including large projects and meeting deadlines.
– Awareness of current policy issues and connections with civil society organizations.

Selection Process

Role Summary

– Focus on high-quality research and publications in African Studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
– Expertise in any sub-Saharan African region or its diaspora, with a preference for those specializing in Ghana.
– Engage with the department’s research environment and the broader university community.
– Analyze and interpret research findings.
– Participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Main Duties

– Develop and propose research objectives, with mentor assistance if needed.

– Contribute to writing research funding bids.

– Analyze and interpret data.

– Apply knowledge to develop new intellectual insights.

– Disseminate research findings through publications and seminars.

– Supervise students on research projects and provide PhD student guidance.

– Participate in departmental and school research activities and administration.

– Engage in enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities.

– Collect research data through various methods, such as field research and interviews.

– Present research findings, including drafting academic publications.

– Provide guidance to support staff and students as needed.

– Address issues that may affect research objectives and deadlines.

– Conduct up to six hours of teaching or assessment work per week, which may include designing and delivering a module.

– Promote equality and diversity and foster an inclusive working culture.

– Contribute to developing new models, techniques, and methods.

Application Documents

Applicants should include:

– A full CV.
– A cover letter detailing skills and experience.
– A research proposal for the Fellowship period.
– A writing sample (up to 10,000 words) – a published article, book chapter, or a PhD dissertation chapter.
– Contact details for two referees.

Interested candidates should fill out the online application form using the provided link.

Application Deadline: May 27, 2024.