LUCAS-LAHRI Virtual Research Fellowships Scheme 2021 for Academics in Africa

LUCAS-LAHRI Virtual Research Fellowships Scheme 2021 for Academics in Africa

Deadline: March 8, 2021

The Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS), in collaboration with the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI), is pleased to announce a limited number of short-term virtual research fellowships for 2021.

The Virtual Research Fellowships are three-month fellowships for academics based at institutions on the African continent, who through these positions will be given an opportunity to undertake a well-defined piece of research in collaboration with academics at Leeds.

Fellowship Details

The scheme is thematically linked to the LAHRI-funded Sadler seminar series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges” running this year. This interdisciplinary series explores questions related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Challenges Research agendas from critical decolonial and Africa-centred perspectives. Hence, they welcome proposals that foreground “Africa” as a starting point for interrogating existing, and developing new knowledges relating to major societal challenges.

The ‘well-defined piece of research’ that the Fellow will work on during the fellowship will have a tangible output, in the form of a publication (jointly authored with a Leeds academic) AND/OR a grant application (jointly prepared with a Leeds academic and supported by LAHRI).

During their tenure, the Fellows will be associated with the University of Leeds, administratively hosted by LAHRI, while intellectually embedded in the research community of LUCAS. They will have access to online library resources and participate in research activities of LUCAS and other units relevant to their research interests. Each Fellow will also deliver an open presentation, for example as a virtual student-facing lecture or a research seminar, based on the topic of their research.


  • Each fellowship comes with an award of £1,000, to be used by the applicant for research expenses and/or buy-out from teaching duties at their institution.


  • Candidates who have completed their PhD by the application deadline at any university are eligible, as long as they are currently based at an academic institution on the African continent.
  • Proposals from Arts, Humanities, humanistic Social Sciences and adjacent disciplines are welcome as long as they broadly and critically engage with the theme of “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”.
  • Applicants will have to confirm that a University of Leeds academic member of staff has agreed to support their application.


Applications should consist of electronic/email versions of:

  • A completed application form incorporating:
    • A 500-word research proposal for the short-term fellowship;
    • A 100-word statement on their spending plans for the £1,000 fellowship award.
    • A 200-word statement from the Leeds academic mentor confirming support for the application.
  • A 2-page CV of the applicant, in particular highlighting significant publications and research activity.
  • One academic reference: To be sent directly by the referee via email to the LAHRI Administrator ahead of the deadline. It is the responsibility of prospective fellows to ensure that references are sent to LAHRI in time.
  • A supporting statement of the applicant’s Head of Department/School/Institute.

The application form should be submitted by the Leeds academic mentor to the LAHRI Administrator by the relevant deadline.

Download the application form

For more information, visit LUCAS-LAHRI Fellowship.