2020 Cadbury Research Fellowship Scheme for African Scholars – UK

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

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology of the Cadbury research scheme  has up till date ran a yearly Cadbury Research Fellowship programme from the year 2002.  The programme organisers Having selected its research theme for the year, the department invites for visiting fellowship applications, and selects early career scholars who are usuaally based in African institutions of study.

Application has been proposed to end on 7th February 2020.

Eligible Countries for application: African countries only.

Host country: UK

About the Award: The 2020 theme for the research is: ‘Making Sense: Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies’.

The year 2020 Cadbury programme is linked to the previous invitation for papers presentation for the conference with the same theme: ‘Making Sense: Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies’ which was to hold at the University of Birmingham. It is aimed at discussing the processes of interpretation in African societies and African studies.

The programme organisers make solemn invitation for thought provoking and problem solving contributions in the mentioned areas of interest that engage the following order of questions in relation to  meaningful processes and projects of research: Question 1. How can the meanings of what we call our sources be accessed? Question 2. What problems arise in the process of interpreting? Question 3. How are the researchers positioned with regard to the authors of his or her sources, and the users or audiences of the knowledge the researcher analyses or produces? Question 4.  How do researchers represent the phenomena they study (ie) are their interpretations new representations to the users? Lastly, Question 5. How are the phenomena under review related to the original meanings conveyed by the producers of their sources?

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology  of the cadbury research program has over the past many years run a yearly Cadbury research programme since the year 2002.  The programme contains the following three elements:

Having selected its research theme for the year 2020, the department of African studies and anthropology of the cadbury research scheme makes an opens invitation for visiting fellowship applications, and sets to select early career scholars who are based in African institutions of learning or research.

On arrival of the visiting fellows in the department, there are series of developmental activities they enjoy which are organised within the yearly research theme and are as well open to members of academic staff and postgraduate students. These activities may include but not limited to: presentations of work-in-progress, reading and or writing groups, speakers events, research methods sessions, and one-on-one meetings.

The final element of the programme is usually an international conference, at which fellows present their work with other speakers from around the world. The department is grateful to the Cadbury family for giving them the opportunity to fund the annual programme.

In the time  past, beneficiaries of Cadbury Fellowship have included the following with years, country, name of beneficiary and name of institution:

Year 2019

In Niger: Hamissou Rhissa (Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Niger)

In Ghana: Nana-Anna Abaka-Cann (Legal practitioner and University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

In Ethiopia: Fasil Giorghis (Architect, heritage activist, CEO of FG Consult, and Professor of Architecture at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)

In Sierra Leone: Simeon Koroma (Executive Director of Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone)

In Nigeria: Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

In South Africa: Tshenolo Masha (Head of Housing for the legal NGO ProBono.Org, South Africa)

Again in Ghana: Sheila Minkah-Premo (Activist lawyer and legal researcher, Ghana)

Once again in Niger: Aichatou Boubacar Mounkaila (Activist lawyer, Niger)

Another in South Africa: Nompumelelo Seme (Legal practitioner and lecturer in law at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

In the year 2018

In Kenya: Patrick Abungu (Kenya) and Melvine Lilechi (Kenya)

In Ethiopia: Bosha Bombe (Ethiopia)

In the year 2017

In Ghana: Rosemary Obeng Hienneh (University of Ghana, Ghana)

Kenya: Roseanne Njiru (Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya)

In 2016

In Ivory Coast: Issouf Binate (Université Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast)

In Nigeria: Aboyomi Ogunsanya (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Ghana: Yunus Dumbe (Kwame Nkrumah University  of Science and Technology , Ghana)

Nigeria: Aliyu Alabi ( Bayero University, Nigeria)

Morocco: Emilie Roy ( Al Akhawayn University, Morocco )

In 2015

Nigeria: Muritala Monsuru ( University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

In south Africa: Tinashe Nyamunda (University of the Free State, South Africa)

In Nigeria: Ezinwanyi Adam (Babock University, Nigeria)

In 2014

In Nigeria: Anya Egwu (Covenant University, Nigeria)

Uganda: Charles Edaku (Nkumba University, Uganda)

Nigeria: Oluwatoyin Omobowale (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Program Type: Fellowship

Eligibility for application and selection: The organisers are interested in 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 and they must 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 Awards: Not specified

What beneficiaries stand to benefit from the Fellowship: The Cadbury fellows will have the opportunity to use the University’s excellent library resources (which is presently rated one of the best libraries in the world with best resources available), discuss their work with academic staff and postgraduate students at the DASA, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department by participating in the many  events that will be organised there during the period of the fellowships.

Fellowships will cover return air-fare or ticket, accommodation and living costs for a period of four weeks will be provided too.

Duration of Fellowship: The fellowship programme has been scheduled to begin on or after 27 April 2020. And end  finish between 24 May and 6 June 2020 which is approximately two to three months. The three-day international conference is scheduled for 21, 22 and 23 May 2020.

How to Apply: If you  are interested and would like to be considered for the 2020 scheme, please, do well to send your application by email to Dr Ceri Whatley on c.n.whatley@bham.ac.uk on or before 7  February 2020.

In your email, please let let them know how you knkw about the programme as it is one of the major requirements and confirm that, if selected, you would be able to come to Birmingham during the fellowship period which is 27 April 2020 to 6 June 2020.  Attached to your email should the following two documents:

A research project description of  exactly 1500 words, describing the following: (1) the research that you have already completed, (2) the specific aspect that you want to develop on during the fellowship, and (3) how this relates to the theme of the year “Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies”.

A CV of not more than three pages including the names and valid contacts of two referees

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