Student Summer Research and Learning Fellowship | Applications CLOSED

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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 utilising digital archives to bring those narratives to life?

We are proud to offer a number of unpaid Summer Research and Learning Fellowships to young historians and educators interested in developing their research skills, understanding how to design and deliver more engaging history programmes, and working to support an international community of enthusiastic African history students. 

In this highly competitive and immersive internship, Summer Fellows will be assigned to support a Lecturer in the research and delivery of their programmes within one or more of our departments, conducting historical research, working within archives, and managing course delivery. Summer Fellows will also complete an independent research project during their Fellowship which their assigned Lecturer will help them to conceptualise and complete. Our Lecturers are welcoming and encouraging but with high standards, looking to challenge Summer Fellows to think more critically about their historical research and academic practice.

As a Summer 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 Lecturer or Administrator 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.


The Summer Fellowship is for candidates currently pursuing a university or college undergraduate degree.

We welcome applications from students pursuing degrees in History, but will consider those studying Politics, International Relations, Law, Philosophy or related disciplines if they can demonstrate their interest in history or the historical elements of their discipline. 

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, Caribbean creole, Arabic, French, Spanish or Portuguese. 

Duration: 8 weeks full-time, fully remote.

When: July – August 2021.

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: Friday 7 May 2021, 12pm (London).

References due: Friday 14 May 2021.

Interviews for short-listed candidates: Thursday 13 May and Friday 14 May 2021.

Decision: Friday 21 May 2021.

Message from our Director

At the African History Project, Summer Fellows are seen as more than just interns. 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 Summer Fellows will return one day as Lecturers and Course Leaders 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 Summer Fellows, 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. 

We invest a great deal in our Summer 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 eight weeks of the Fellowship stand out as a formative part of a young person’s career, developing in them skills that will propel them to great success in the future. 

African History Project - Apeike Umolu

 Apeike Umolu | Director

Application – closed

To apply for our Summer Research and Learning 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.
  • Research Proposal outlining an area of African or African Diasporic history that you would like to explore during your Fellowship, how you feel the skills acquired on the Fellowship will help you to complete your research, and how you envision sharing your research.
  • CV including details of 2 academic referees.
  • Undergraduate 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.

Thank you for your interest in this position – applications for Summer 2021 are now closed. Applications for Summer 2022 will open in the second quarter of 2022.

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