Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies 2024, University of Birmingham (Up to  £44,263 Salary) 

The School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2024 Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies. The fellowship will support the research environment and teaching of the institution for a period of 18 months, and the selected candidate will work on a research programme that will be agreed upon with their mentor.

Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies 2024
Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies 2024

The post is funded by an endowment that allows staff members of sub-Saharan African universities to spend time at the University of Birmingham. Hence, the post is open only to applicants currently resident in Africa and affiliated with an African higher education institution.

Benefits of the Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies

The Fellow will receive a full-time starting salary ranging from £34,980 to £44,263

Eligibility Requirements for Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies


  • The applicant must be currently based in Africa and should also be employed by or affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.
  • Applicants must EITHER not be employed full-time as faculty members OR provide a declaration with their application attesting to the fact that they will be released from their existing post at their home institution for the duration of their appointment at the University of Birmingham.
  • A PhD candidate must be reviewed and approved between September 1, 2018, and April 1, 2024. (Applicants who have submitted their theses and are undergoing review are not eligible to apply.)
  • A portfolio of studies and writings suitable for the post-doctoral experience level.
  • Must have the capacity to formulate a compelling and feasible research and publication proposal within the African Studies domain.
  • Capacity to support African Studies instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


  • The applicant must have experience in collaborative research activity, including participation in large research projects and meeting deadlines.
  • He or she must be aware of current policy issues and contacts with civil society organizations.

Role Summary

  • Regional competence in any part of Sub-Saharan Africa or its diaspora
  • A focus on high-quality research and publishing in African Studies within the humanities, arts, or social sciences. Applications from candidates with knowledge of Ghana are especially sought.
  • Applications from academics specialising in modern or historical times are encouraged.
  • Make a contribution to the Department’s and the larger School’s and University’s research environment.
  • Examine and evaluate the outcomes and conclusions of the study.
  • As appropriate, participate in undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Main Duties

The responsibilities include but not limited to the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Create research goals and proposals for individual or collaborative projects, with a mentor’s help as needed.
  • Assist in composing funding requests for research
  • Evaluate and evaluate information
  • Apply knowledge in a way that fosters the growth of fresh conceptual understanding
  • Share research findings through research seminars, publications, etc.
  • Oversee students’ research-related work and advise PhD candidates as needed, according to the discipline.
  • Participate in administration and research-related tasks within the department or school.
  • Participate in commercial development, entrepreneurship, and/or public engagement initiatives that clearly benefit the college and university, frequently under the direction of a project manager
  • Gather research data using a range of techniques, including literature reviews, field research, and research interviews.
  • Deliver research results, such as producing complete or partial academic publications, during seminars, for example.
  • As needed, offer direction to assist faculty and students.
  • Address issues that could compromise meeting deadlines and research objectives.
  • Up to six hours of work per week linked to teaching and/or evaluation; this work may include creating and presenting a taught module.
  • Set an example of inclusivity in the workplace by valuing diversity and promoting equality.
  • Participate in the creation of novel models, strategies, and approaches.

How to Apply

Go to the University of Birmingham at  to apply

Application Documents

  • A full CV,
  • A cover letter detailing their skills and experience,
  • A research proposal covering the period of the Fellowship,
  • A 10,000 words maximum of writing sample (a published article or book chapter, or a chapter of an unpublished PhD dissertation)
  • Details of two referees.

Application Deadline

May 27, 2024.



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