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African Research Fellowships

From the academic year 2013-14, LSE is delighted to be able to offer a number of fully-funded Visiting Fellowships for early career and more senior African academics to spend up to 6 months at LSE.

The African Research Fellowship Programme has been generously supported by an anonymous donor, Atlantic Philanthropies, Richard Delbridge, and the LSE Centennial Fund. The Programme is a key component of the LSE African Initiative which seeks to engage with African institutions and promote knowledge exchange. It specifically supports the goal of connecting African faculty with their global peers to establish the foundation for research collaboration.

Current Fellow


Dr Asnake Kefale| has been awarded the LSE IDEAS African Research Fellowship for 2014.



Previous Fellow


Dr. Sergio Chichava| from the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Econimicos in Mozambique, was at LSE IDEAS from 1 January 2013 until 30 June 2013.


How To Apply

Invitation to apply for the new African Research Fellowship for a period of up to three months during the academic year 2013/14

The Africa International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS invites applications for the new African Research Fellowship.


Applicants should be established African scholars in the field of international affairs and security studies sciences with experience of research on Africa. Applicants should hold a PhD or comparable qualifications and experience - the fellowship is not intended for students registered for a degree or diploma, nor is it intended for senior academics.

About the fellowship:

The Fellowship will be for a period of up to three months during the 2013-2014 academic year and will be based at IDEAS at the LSE.

The Fellow will be expected to engage in research on a topic under one of the following themes:

  • Africa's role in global security
  • Africa states and engagement with regional organisations
  • African foreign and economic policies

Preference will be given to topics that focus on Africa and contemporary international relations and security concerns of Africa and the external powers.

The Fellowship is open to candidates from Africa (AU countries) and it is desirable that applicants are currently employed by a higher education institution, or working in a research capacity in Africa.

The Fellow will be expected to finish a piece of research of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by the African International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.

Application details:

The submission deadline for applications is 1st February 2013

 Application should include:

  • one page covering letter
  • curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • outline of proposed research of no more than four pages
  • names, addresses, and email contact details, of two referees familiar with their work, to be contacted by the Chairman of the selection committee.

Applications, together with supporting documents, may be submitted either by email to Dr Chris Alden, Head of the Africa International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS (j.c.alden@lse.ac.uk)|.

Or in hard copy to:

Dr Chris Alden

Head, Africa International Affairs Programme
London School of Economics
Columbia House (2nd Floor)
London WC2A 2AE