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Funding, Research and Study Opportunities

The FLIA provides a range of opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to further their research and engagement with Africa.

Please note that we are currently not accepting Visiting Fellowship applications until autumn 2022

New Research Internship opportunity

The FLIA is looking for a new research intern for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC).

The role will involve research and analysis to contribute to the production of a policy brief under GI-TOC's ENACT programme outputs for 2022. The output to be contributed to is a policy brief exploring what trends and commonalities can be identified in the relationship between UNTOC implementation and criminal markets and state resilience to crime across Africa. 

Deadline: 8 August 2022

Click here to apply


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FLIA seeks Communications Manager and Blog Editor

The FLIA is recruiting an experienced communications professional and editor to oversee the Institute's communications strategy and Africa at LSE platform. 

Based in London, this role is central to driving the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa's strategic vision and working at a high level across the School to strengthen LSE’s research and engagement impact. The postholder will demonstrate a senior level understanding of communications and public affairs in African research promotion and policy, driving impact initiatives and integrating Institute programmes with School divisions, departments, centres, research units and external partners.

Deadline: 31 July 2022

Visit here for further information.



Africa PhD Research Day

The Africa PhD Research Day is an annual initiative from the Africa Engagement Programme to bring together LSE’s PhD students working on Africa, creating connections between students from different departments to showcase the breadth of the School's work on the African continent. The initiative will further the FLIA’s commitment to support the personal, professional and career development of students researching Africa.

Based on LSE’s Research Development Framework, the Africa PhD Research Day seeks to nurture researchers in the effectiveness of their knowledge production, research organisation and governance, communication practices and impact. 

Learn about the Africa PhD Research Day.


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Study at the world's leading dedicated social science institution

LSE offers various opportunities for African nationals to undertake study or research at the institution. Every year, over 200 Africans from at least 30 countries come to LSE on short courses, fellowships and taught and research programmes that are available across 19 departments.

At LSE, you will be part of an international student body of over 150 nationalities. During your time here you can tap into the knowledge and expertise of leading thinkers and experts in social science, participate in widely attended events with speakers from across the globe and build a network in one of the most diverse campuses in the world.




LSE and external organisations offer a number of scholarships for African students to study at LSE. The value of support ranges in value from 10 per cent of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School.

We will continue compiling a list of funding opportunities to study at LSE for the 2020/21 academic year. 

Current funding opportunities here.



British Academy Newton International Fellowship Scheme

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa supports the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas aligned to its research areas. Every year the British Academy launches the Newton International Fellowship Scheme, and the Institute accepts researchers through the scheme to work for two years at LSE in London, with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. 

To learn more about how the FLIA can support your application, please send a summary (500 words) of your research idea and how it will fit our research areas along with your CV (2 pages) by email to Melissa Anderson (

Learn more about the fellowship scheme.


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LSE Master's Dissertation on Africa Prize

Aimed at encouraging and celebrating LSE's outstanding research on Africa, the Master's Dissertation on Africa Prize will award the year's most innovative and significant Master’s dissertations that further our understanding of the continent.

Submissions will open in October 2022 for the Master's Dissertation on Africa Prize for 2021/22. Entries must be an Msc dissertation within the previous academic year awarded a distinction, which can be from any LSE department and in any discipline. Winning students receive £500 and are invited to contribute a blog post related to their research for the prestigious Africa at LSE platform. 

Learn about the Africa Dissertation Prize.



Programme for African Leadership

The Programme for African Leadership is an extracurricular leadership and networking programme for African graduate students studying at LSE.

The Programme was established at by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa to empower a new generation of African leaders who will promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.

Learn more about the Programme for African Leadership.



LSE PhD students working on Africa

There are many ways for LSE PhD students working on Africa to become involved with the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa.

PhD students nearing the end of their degrees may want to consider applying for an early career fellowship through the FLIA if their research agenda has an Africa-focused topic. Such postdoctoral fellowship schemes are often offered on a yearly basis by UK granting organisations through a competitive application process.

There are also opportunies for becoming involved with the FLIA event programme, writing for the Africa at LSE blog and contributing to a range of ongoing creative iniativies such as workshops and podcasts.

Find about more information here.




Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize 2022

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa has launched the Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize. Awarded for an outstanding contribution to knowledge on Africa, every two years the prize rewards a first- and second-place PhD thesis based at LSE, where the work is promoted and researchers receive £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Eligible dissertations must be submitted by the host LSE department and include a letter of recommendation from the PhD student’s supervisor. Any subject from any department is permissible, if the dissertation is focussed on Africa.

Learn about the Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize.