Apply the Cadbury Research Fellowship Scheme 2020 for African Scholars – UK

Applications are currently invited for the 2020 Cadbury Research scheme for African scholars.

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology has run a yearly Cadbury Research Fellowship programme since 2002.  The programme contains three elements. Having selected its research theme for the year, the department opens a call for visiting fellowship applications, and selects early career scholars who are normally based in African institutions.

Application Deadline: 7th February 2020.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award:

The research theme: ‘Making Sense: Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies’.

This year’s Cadbury programme is linked to the previous call for papers posted here for the conference ‘Making Sense: Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies’ at the University of Birmingham. It is concerned with processes of interpretation in African societies and African studies.

The Cadbury programme (and conference) invites contributions that engage this order of questions in relation to concrete processes and projects of research. It is open to researchers coming from various disciplines and multi- and inter-disciplinary backgrounds and all types of sources on all African regions and historical periods. The organisers particularly encourage applications from researchers who work on a specific source or corpus of sources in an African language (including Arabic and other languages used in Africa) and who intend to carry out a critical semantic analysis of the meanings, interpretations and uses of this material. Fellowship applications will be selected on the basis of their interest and originality with regards to questions of interpretation: how can the meanings of what we call our sources be accessed? What problems arise in the process of interpreting? How is the researcher positioned in relation to the authors of his/her sources, and the users and audiences of the knowledge s/he analyses and/or produces? And how do researchers represent the phenomena they study – are their interpretations new representations? How are they related to the original meanings conveyed by the producers of their sources?

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology has run an annual Cadbury research programme since 2002.  The programme contains three elements.

  • Having selected its research theme for the year, the department opens a call for visiting fellowship applications, and selects early career scholars who are based in African institutions.
  • When visiting fellows arrive in the department, they join in a series of developmental activities which are organised around the annual research theme and are open to members of academic staff and postgraduate students. These activities may include presentations of work-in-progress, reading groups, writing groups, speaker events, research methods sessions, and one-to-one meetings.

The final element of the programme is an international conference, at which fellows present their work, alongside other speakers from around the world. The department is grateful to the Cadbury family for its bequest which allows us to fund this annual programme.

Previously, Cadbury Fellows have included:


  • Hamissou Rhissa (Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Niger)
  • Nana-Anna Abaka-Cann (Legal practitioner and University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Fasil Giorghis (Architect, heritage activist, CEO of FG Consult, and Professor of Architecture at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
  • Simeon Koroma (Executive Director of Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone)
  • Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Tshenolo Masha (Head of Housing for the legal NGO ProBono.Org, South Africa)
  • Sheila Minkah-Premo (Activist lawyer and legal researcher, Ghana)
  • Aichatou Boubacar Mounkaila (Activist lawyer, Niger)
  • Nompumelelo Seme (Legal practitioner and lecturer in law at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)


  • Patrick Abungu (Kenya)
  • Melvine Lilechi (Kenya)
  • Bosha Bombe (Ethiopia)


  • Rosemary Obeng Hienneh (University of Ghana, Ghana)
  • Roseanne Njiru (Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya)


  • Issouf Binate (Université Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast)
  • Aboyomi Ogunsanya (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Yunus Dumbe (Kwame Nkrumah University  of Science and Technology , Ghana)
  • Aliyu Alabi ( Bayero University, Nigeria)
  • Emilie Roy ( Al Akhawayn University, Morocco )


  • Muritala Monsuru ( University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Tinashe Nyamunda (University of the Free State, South Africa)
  • Ezinwanyi Adam (Babock University, Nigeria)


  • Anya Egwu (Covenant University, Nigeria)
  • Charles Edaku (Nkumba University, Uganda)
  • Oluwatoyin Omobowale (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: The organisers are looking for early-career scholars whose research would benefit from a residential fellowship of up to four weeks at the University of Birmingham. Applicants must be based in an African institution. They should be in the early stages of their academic careers (that is, they should have completed a PhD within the last four years, or now be close to completing one) and they must demonstrate that their research is relevant to the theme outlined above.

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Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Fellowship: The Cadbury fellows will have time to use the University’s excellent library resources, discuss their work with academic staff and postgraduate students at DASA, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department by participating in the numerous events that will be organised here during the period of the fellowships.

Fellowships will cover return air-fare, accommodation and living costs for a period of four weeks.

Duration of Fellowship: The fellowship programme will begin on or after 27 April 2020. It will finish between 24 May and 6 June 2020. The three-day international conference is scheduled for 21, 22 and 23 May 2020.

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered for the 2020 scheme, please send your application by email to Dr Ceri Whatley on by 7 February 2020.

In your email, please let us know how you learned about this programme and confirm that, if selected, you would be able to come to Birmingham during the fellowship period 27 April 2020 to 6 June 2020.  Attached to your email should be two documents:

  1. A research project description of 1500 words, describing: a) the research that you have already done, b) the specific aspect that you seek to develop during the fellowship, and c) how this relates to the theme of Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies.
  2. A CV of no more than 3 pages including the names and contacts of two referees

More information about Cadbury is available here.

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