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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.

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Job opportunity: Programme Officer | Programme for African Leadership

The FLIA is seeking a full-time Programme Officer to support the Programme for African Leadership at LSE. The programme supports African students to become value-driven and effective leaders through structured activities and events, while building an alumni network whose members are committed to having a direct and positive impact in African communities. 

The successful candidate will be an exceptional community builder, have strong interpersonal skills and support the PfAL Programme Manager in co-ordinating a wide range of operational and developmental activities, with a focus on communications, administrative duties, event planning and pastoral care. A key aspect of this role will involve cultivating positive relationships with stakeholders such as students, alumni, donors and faculty, ensuring a high quality of service at all times.

Deadline: 14 October 2021

Visit here for further information.

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Job opportunity: LSE Africa Internship Programme

The FLIA is accepting applications for the LSE Africa Internship Programme, which will support selected LSE students and recent graduates intending to continue their career on the African continent. The 4-12 week programme will provide an experiential learning opportunity with graduate-level work.

Under the supervision of the Communications Manager, the intern will be tasked with supporting day-to-day communications, digital engagement and events programming across the FLIA and its research centre, the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID).

What are the requirements to apply?

  • The programme is open to residents of Africa currently participating in post-graduate programmes at LSE or having completed a post-graduate programme at LSE in the past two years.
  • The programme is also open to current post-graduate students or recent alumni of the past two years who hold a dual residency with an African country but may normally reside outside of the continent.

Find out more and apply by 25 October 2021.

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Job opportunity: LSE Africa Summit 2021/2022 team!

The LSE Africa Summit committee are recruiting for current and incoming LSE students to join the team in producing the 2022 LSE Africa Summit.

Vacancies are available for Co-director and Coordinator positions in:

  • Finance and Sponsorship
  • Media and Marketing
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Speakers and Content

Deadline: 1 September 2021

Visit here for further information.


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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 per cent 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.



Newton International Fellowships

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa is accepting applications for Newton International Felowships – a scheme which enables researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

The scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas, supporting the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK.

Applicants should 1) have a PhD or be in its final stages 2) have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience 3) be working outside the UK and not hold UK citizenship 4) be competent in oral and written English 5) have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Find out more information.



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LSE Africa Dissertation Prize

Aimed at encouraging and celebrating outstanding fieldwork and research on Africa, the Masters Dissertation on Africa Prize will be awarded to the year's most innovative and significant Master’s dissertation which furthers our understanding of the continent.

Entries must be an Msc Dissertation submitted for the 2019/20 academic year, which can be from any department at LSE and in any discipine, the deadline for submission is 10 September 2020.

Four winners of the prize will each receive £500, and all winners will also be invited to contribute a blog piece related to their research to Africa at LSE.

Find out more about eligibility for Dissertation Prize



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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 Institute for Africa (FLIA). 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 FLIA'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.

Find out more about eligibility for Dissertation Fieldwork Funding.



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 (FLIA) to empower a new generation of African leaders who will promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.

Find out 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.