Dissertation Fieldwork Funding
Are you a Master’s student at the LSE with an interesting research question? Does your research proposal engage with questions concerning Africa? Would funding significantly enhance your fieldwork?
If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are probably a perfect match for the MSc Dissertation Fieldwork support from the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA). If your dissertation project is selected for funding, you may receive up to £1,000 to undertake fieldwork in Africa.
The grants contribute to the FLCA's overall mission to support research on Africa and to ensure that the field of African Studies continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of the continent.
Applicants must be enrolled in an LSE Master’s programme and provide a letter of authorisation for their fieldwork from their Head of Department and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor along with a complete application form.
Students are expected to have also applied for support to their departments, and the FLCA will assess sympathetically applications that are partly funded by their departments.
There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. However, preference in selection of projects funded will be influenced by current research in the centre, and will ideally enhance ongoing work.
Note that fieldwork is likely to involve the submission of Health and Safety Risk assessments and Ethical Review to LSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant and the applicant’s department to ensure that those processes have been completed before fieldwork commences.
Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply, but their Master’s thesis must be Africa-related.
In 2019, 15 students received the MSc Dissertation Fieldwork grant. Recipients studied a variety of topics, from rights-based activism by mining affected communities in South Africa, to refugees’ work to subvert stereotypical narratives through self-representation in Uganda, to sex workers perception of themselves in Ghana.
Applications will open in Lent Term 2020. Please keep checking this page for updates.