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Cadbury Research Fellowship Scheme for African Scholars 2017 – UK

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology has run an annual Cadbury Research Fellowship programme for the since 2002.  The programme contains three elements. Having selected its research theme for the year, the department opens a call for visiting fellowship applications, and selects early career scholars who are normally based in African institutions. 

Application Deadline:  9th December 2016.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award: The Cadbury Research Fellowship for 2017 will be organised around the theme of Marriage in Africa. It is convened in honour of Lynne Brydon and marks her contribution to the establishment of gender studies in Africa.

When visiting fellows arrive in the department, they join in a series of developmental activities which are organised around the annual research theme and are open to members of academic staff and postgraduate students. These activities may include presentations of work-in-progress, reading groups, writing groups, speaker events, research methods sessions, and one-to-one meetings. The final element of the programme is an international conference, at which fellows present their work, alongside other speakers from around the world. The department is grateful to the Cadbury family for its bequest which allows us to fund this annual programme.

Type: Fellowship


  • Cadbury Research Fellowship is looking for early-career scholars whose research would benefit from a residential fellowship of approximately six weeks at the University of Birmingham.
  • Applicants must be based in an African institution.
  • They should be in the early stages of their academic careers (that is, they should have completed a PhD within the last four years, or now be close to completing one) and
  • They must demonstrate that their research is relevant to the theme outlined above.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Fellowship: The Cadbury fellows will have time to use the University’s excellent library resources, discuss their work with academic staff and postgraduate students at DASA, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department by participating in the numerous events that will be organised here during the period of the fellowships. Fellowships will cover return air-fare, accommodation and living costs for a period of six weeks.

Duration of Fellowship: The Cadbury Research Fellowship programme will begin on 24 April 2017 and finish on 4 June 2017. The two-day international conference is scheduled for 1 and 2 June 2017.

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered for the 2017 scheme, please send your application by email to Dr Kate Skinner on k.a.skinner@bham.ac.uk by 9 December 2016.

In your email, please let us know how you learned about this programme and confirm that you will be able to come to Birmingham for the fellowship period 24 April 2017 to 4 June 2017.

Attached to your email should be two documents:

  1. A research project description of 1500 words, describing: a) the research that you have already done, b) the specific aspect that you seek to develop during the fellowship, and c) how this relates to the theme of Marriage in Africa.
  2. A short CV (not more than 3 pages) including the names of two referees.

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details; http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/historycultures/departments/dasa/research/cadbury-research-fellowship/index.aspx

Award Provider: The Department of African Studies and Anthropology in The University of Birmingham

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