Are you a historian currently completing or planning to complete Masters or Doctoral studies focussed on African or African diasporic histories or Black political thought? Are you passionate about the unearthing, interpreting and sharing of African and African diasporic historical narratives with students all over the world?
We are proud to offer a number of unpaid Associate Research and Learning Fellowships to early career historians interested in developing their research practice, assisting in the designing of engaging history programmes, and supporting our international community of enthusiastic Black history students.
In this competitive and highly immersive Fellowship, Associate Fellows support the design and delivery of public lectures, workshops and structured courses within one or more of our departments through curriculum design, resources development, student engagement, and contributions to institutional knowledge building. The Associate Fellowship is intended to align with a Fellow’s current research interests, allowing them to develop their research and teaching practices, and build up knowledge in their budding area of expertise.
As an Associate Fellow, you will complete orientation where you will learn about the School, its ethos and vision as well as the benefits and responsibilities of being a Fellow within the team. You will also receive department-specific training designed to not only help you succeed in your Fellowship but to develop essential skills for your future career as a historian or educator.
Associate Fellows are also expected to complete Level 1 of our Teaching Excellency Programme through their support of the design and delivery of programmes in our Department of Education and the completion of set assignments.
In selecting Associate Fellows, we look for candidates who have the desire and ability to advance to become a full Fellow of the institution, to further help to shape institutional growth in a specific research area.
The Associate Fellowship is for candidates holding a good undergraduate degree in history or a related discipline, who are currently pursuing, or planning to pursue a Masters or Doctorate programme in African or African diasporic history.
We would particularly welcome applications from multilingual candidates who, in addition to reading and writing English fluently, read and write well in any indigenous African language or Caribbean creole, Arabic, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
We ask candidates to think about the timing of their Fellowship and how it will coincide with their research requirements and theses submission dates at their current institutions. We would advise that Fellowships should end no later than one calendar month before major theses submission dates.
Duration: 6 months part-time, fully remote.
Start dates: January/April/July/October of each year.
Location: International, but with no more than a 3 hour time difference with London. You will need to be able to work London business hours.
Deadline: 12 pm on 15 November (January start); 15 February (April start); 15 May (July start); 15 August (October start)
Interviews will take place and decisions will be made within two weeks of application deadlines.
Message from our Director
Our Fellows are an important part of our team. Passionate about their research areas, committed to learning how to engage with historical narratives from a de-colonised perspective, and dedicated to improving their own research and teaching practices, it is a joy every quarter to welcome new Fellows into the institution.
We are a young institution but our growth to date has been because of the commitment of this highly talented and passionate group of academics. I particularly enjoy supporting early career historians as they move through the ranks of our Fellowship programme, from Associate Fellows, to Fellows and Senior Fellows, moving from assisting in course design and delivery, to becoming course leaders and lead institutional knowledge builders.
Thus, as you can imagine, because of the high level of impact and responsibility that Fellows have, we think carefully about who we welcome onto the team. In selecting Fellows at any level, we are looking for people who have a deep understanding of and alignment with the ethos of the School, and who have the ability and desire to grow within the institution. Most of all, we are looking for people who will relish the chance to work within an institution that is looking to set itself apart in terms of standards and culture, combining academic rigour and historical consciousness to deliver world-class courses.
As you will have a high level of exposure from the beginning, you will need a high level of intellectual ability, but also the character and passion to succeed. To excel in a Fellowship will require hard work and dedication but I and the team will be here to support you every step of the way.
We invest a great deal in our Fellows because we know how much of an asset a brilliant Fellow is to the institution. We in return commit to doing all that we can to ensure that the six months of the Fellowship stand out as a formative part of an early historian’s career, developing in them skills that will propel them to great success in the future.
Apeike Umolu | Director
Fellows are appointed to specific research focus areas. This is the research area where Fellows will undertake most of their work but Fellows generally work across all three of our departments, supporting course design and delivery at all levels.
We are currently looking to appoint Associate Fellows in the following areas:
- Department African History | Fellowship focus: Statecraft, Society and Suzerainty in the 19th Century
- Department of African History | Fellowship focus: Resistance and Rebellion in African Colonies in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
- Department of Black Political Thought and Culture | Fellowship focus: Statecraft, Citizenship and the African Personality in the 19th Century
- Department of Black Political Thought and Culture | Fellowship focus: Consciousness, Nationalism and Pan-Africanism in the 20th Century
For more information on these focus areas, please visit our Foundation Certificate course pages:
To apply for our Associate Fellowship, please complete the application form below. You will need to upload the following documents:
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- Personal Statement outlining your motivations for undertaking the Fellowship, including any skills or experience you already have that will help you to have a successful Fellowship. (Up to 1000 words)
- Fellowship Focus Statement of Intent outlining your particular interest in your chosen Fellowship Focus, including how your existing education and research have prepared you for this role, your existing knowledge in this area including a short bibliography, what you would like to contribute to institutional knowledge in this area (Up to 2000 words)
- CV including details of 2 academic referees.
- Undergraduate and Masters (if relevant) academic transcripts to date.
Once you submit your application, you will get a confirmation email within 15 minutes confirming your submission (please also check your Junk folder).
Thank you for taking the time to submit an application and we look forward to being in touch soon.