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Do you have a passion for African and African diasporic histories, or perhaps for Black political literature? Are you interested in historical research, in unearthing wonderful historical narratives, and using digital archives to bring those narratives to life?

We are proud to offer a number of unpaid Researcher positions to early career historians and history enthusiasts interested in honing their research skills and supporting the design and development of our courses, public programmes and wider research.

Our Researcher programmes are highly competitive and highly immersive. This is an opportunity to get experience working with a highly-driven, passion-led and mission-focused team. 

What do AHP Researchers do?

Our Researchers support our Fellows with the design and delivery of our courses, public events and wider research projects. They are the foundation of our research capacity, helping Fellows to gauge the landscape of an area of enquiry. Our Fellows are welcoming and encouraging but with high standards, looking to challenge Researchers to think more critically about their research practice.

As a Researcher you will advance through a research development framework, honing your skills of enquiry, presentation and analysis. 

  • Conducting research into areas of history using books, journal articles, newspaper sources, questionnaires, surveys, polls, and interviews to gather data
  • compilation of bibliographies and writing literature reviews
  • collating primary and secondary sources
  • researching academics and institutions
  • drafting articles, lectures, and topic guides
  • drafting and conducting interviews
  • writing up reports and presenting findings to Fellows and the Director
  • assisting with marketing efforts for courses, events and projects
  • attending and contributing to team meetings
  • anticipating research issues and promptly resolving them
  • promptly reporting any problems to the relevant Fellow or the Director
  • following a strict code of ethics and protecting any confidential information at all times
  • writing proposals and delivering presentations when required
  • and similar tasks.
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Researchers should hold or be completing a good undergraduate or masters degree in history (or a related discipline), with a specialism or demonstrable interest in Africa and the African diaspora.

We would strongly advise those with no prior experience in Black history or culture or whose only experience of Black history or culture is academic to complete our Black Consciousness Workshop before applying. 

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 timing and how being a Researcher will coincide with their other research requirements and thesis submission dates at their current institutions. We would advise that Researcher placements end no later than one calendar month before major thesis submission dates.

Time commitment: 10-15 hours/week.

Duration: 3 months – we would ask that you have no holidays away planned for the time of your placement to allow you to contribute fully to the Project.

Location: International, but with no more than a 3 hour time difference with London. You will need to be able to available in London business hours for team meetings.

Message from our Director

Our Researchers are an important part of our team. We are nurturing the next generation of academics and educators who we hope will leave our institution with an appreciation of the power of de-colonised histories, and of a de-colonised approach to research and education. I always personally hope that our Researchers will stay on or return as Fellows but no matter where they make their future careers, I hope that their time with us will shine through in the high quality and compassion of their work.

In selecting our Researchers, we are looking for people with the potential to become historians and educators of the highest quality; people who will make a contribution right from the start and who won’t be daunted by having to tackle assignments that are both intellectually and logistically complex. 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. The hours can be long and the work demanding as we conduct research on all aspects of Black history and deliver courses to students all over the world, but I and the team will be here to support you every step of the way. 

As you can imagine, we get a high number of applications from many well-meaning scholars. But sometimes, people underestimate the high-quality of work required of the placement. Thus, in selecting Researchers we are really looking for scholars who understand our work and who are committed to the placement. Though it is a voluntary position, we really do put a lot into the development of our Researchers and in turn ask for commitment and reliability so both the Researcher and the Project can grow. 

We are committed to doing all that we can to ensure that the 12 weeks of any placement stand out as a formative part of a young historian’s career, developing in them skills that will propel them to great success in the future. We hope you are encouraged to apply. 

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 Apeike Umolu | Director


To apply to be a Researcher, please complete the application form below. You will need to upload the following documents:

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  • Personal Statement – please note the current vacancies and state clearly which department you are applying for (max 1 page).
  • CV including details of 1 academic referee (max 2 pages).
  • Undergraduate/Masters 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.

    Please upload your documents here (PDFs only):

    Personal Statement

    CV - please include details for 1 academic referee

    Undergraduate Transcript

    Masters Transcript

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