BIEA Research Fellowship 2022 for Early-career East African Researchers


Application Deadline: February 15th 2022.

The BIEA seeks to appoint several early career researchers who have successfully completed doctoral studies within the last 5 years (with allowance made for family-related or other relevant career breaks), to fill a number of full-time one-year Research Fellow positions at our research hub in Nairobi, Kenya.

Candidates should work in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences and must be able to demonstrate their research is aligned with one of our six Research Themes:

–             Retelling the Past

–             Changing Environments

–             Urban Lives

–             Technologies of Politics

–             Next Generations

–             Epidemics, pandemics and epizootics


Applicants can originate from any country in the East African Community (EAC: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda,) and where necessary the BIEA will assist successful candidates in an application for a work permit as allowed by the EAC Common Market Protocol.

In addition to conducting and publishing their own high-impact research, BIEA Research Fellows are expected to contribute to BIEA activities. As such each will be assigned certain academic activities for which they will take a strategic lead and responsibility, and will also be expected to contribute to the running of, and to participate in, the BIEA’s other activities.

Applicants must be available to start on 1st April 2022.

Applications must be received by 1700h EAT, on 15th February 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and called for interview in late February.


  • Applicants should have the right to work in Kenya and must be available to start on 1st April 2022. 
  • Applicants should originate from any country in the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda).
  • Applicants should have completed a PhD in the last five years (with allowance made for family-related or other relevant career breaks) made for family-related or other relevant career breaks) or be able to demonstrate that they are about to complete a PhD (i.e., the application must include a letter from the PhD supervisor confirming that the applicant has submitted and is awaiting their viva) on a regionally relevant topic within the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.
  • Applicants should be working on a research project that will contribute innovative and policy-relevant scholarship in the humanities and social sciences as they concern Eastern Africa, and Africa more generally.
  • Applicants should have excellent English written and oral communication skills.
  • Applicants based at a university or other organisation must have secured support from their employer for permission to take up a year-long external post.
  • Salary and benefits package will be offered at a competitive rate, appropriate to experience and career-stage.
  • Applications from academics whose research extends beyond the traditional geographical and research focus of the BIEA are particularly encouraged.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] by 1700h EAT on 15th February 2022. Your application will include a full CV with details of three references and a cover letter. In addition, the following documents are required:

  • A proposal for research that will be undertaken during the course of the year, including an outline of at least one publication to be submitted to a high-impact journal during the year (maximum 3 pages).
  • An outline of a collaborative research project including at least one UK-based academic and that includes BIEA as a partner, that will be developed and submitted to a specified funding organisation during the year (maximum 2 pages).
  • Ideas for contributing to and developing the academic environment of the BIEA (maximum 1 page).

Potential applicants may contact the BIEA’s director, Dr Jane Humphris, with any specific questions: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BIEA Research Fellowship 2022


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