Cadbury Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies 2021 at University of Birmingham (Funded)

Cadbury Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies 2021 at University of Birmingham (Funded)

Deadline: July 9, 2021

Applications are open for the Cadbury Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies 2021. The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) at the University of Birmingham seeks a postdoctoral fellow in African Studies to contribute to their research and teaching for 18 months.

This post is funded by an endowment that enables members of the staff at sub-Saharan African Universities to spend a period of time at the University of Birmingham. The post is therefore limited to applicants currently based on the African continent and affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.

Fellowship Details

The appointee will undertake a significant program of research and publication. While the specific goals of the program are to be identified with the fellow’s dedicated mentor, they should include the publication of high-quality outputs such as a single-authored book or peer-reviewed articles based on the fellow’s own research. In addition, the appointee will facilitate exchange and collaboration between DASA and one or more institutions in Africa and engage with non-academic audiences and beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries of research.

The appointee will also contribute to teaching on Africa, spending a maximum of six hours per week on average in the convening, teaching and assessment of modules, dissertation supervision, tutorial sessions and other forms of student engagement. The department has a particular need for introductory (year 1 undergraduate) teaching in African history. The appointee will be given the opportunity to obtain a teaching qualification through the University’s professional development program, and have access to academic development and support structures including a dedicated mentor.

The University will provide support for the visa application process, and it will pay for the visa and pre-agreed visa application expenses for the successful candidate. It will also be responsible for the appointee’s NHS surcharge fee, which allows the applicant to access the National Health Service.


  • As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is £30,942 per year (This post is funded by an endowment and the maximum salary cannot be exceeded.)


  • Open to Postdoctoral candidates currently based on the African continent and employed by or affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.
  • Candidates must either not currently hold a permanent academic position or submit, with their application, a statement confirming that they will be released by their home institution for the period of their appointment.
  • Possess a doctorate examined and passed between June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2021. 
  • An appropriate record of research and publications.
  • A convincing and achievable research and publication proposal in the field of African Studies.
  • Ability to contribute to undergraduate and Masters’ level teaching in African Studies, including introductory (year 1 undergraduate) teaching in African history.


  • Experience of collaborative research activity, including participation in large research projects and meeting deadlines.
  • An awareness of current policy issues and contacts with civil society organisations.
  • Expertise in the history of Africa and/ or its diasporas.

Other Criteria

  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications.
  • High level analytical capability.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones.
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research program and/or specific research project.
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort.
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.


As part of your application, please upload a piece of published research (there will be an option to upload documents whilst completing the electronic application form).

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