British Council Decolonising Digital fellowship 2021 at the University of Edinburgh for Early-Career Researchers from Africa, apply via Afrokonnect.

The British Council, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh,

has developed a bespoke fellowship opportunity for early-career researchers from Africa who are living and working on the continent.

Study objectives 

The fellowship will focus on decolonising digital in the context of cultural and creative production and consumption in Africa,

and consumption of content originating from Africa in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

The fellow will be part of the lively international and interdisciplinary scholarly community at IASH,

and benefit from the opportunities this affords for intellectual exchange and peer support.

Collaboration with the British Council extends these opportunities,

by enabling access to the professional expertise of the British Council staff and stakeholders involved,

research fellow will be expected to work with British Council experts and external stakeholders to inform and shape best practice in digital cultural relations between the UK and Africa,

and to promote through their research and engagement enhanced awareness and cultural fluency in relation to themes such as decolonisation, inclusivity and digital innovation.

The fellow will engage closely with the British Council’s New Narratives programme.

This is a major initiative launching in April 2021 to foster deeper and more meaningful engagements between young people across the countries of Africa and the UK.

Qualifications required – British Council Decolonising Digital fellowship 2021

This fellowship is open to early-career researchers who are citizens of any African country AND resident on the continent.

The other standard eligibility criteria for IASH Postdoctoral Fellowship programmes  apply.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • a research and/or professional background that relates to the core areas of British Council programming and strategic engagement:
  • Culture and Creative Industries, Education, Inclusive Communities, and International Cultural Relations more broadly
  • an interest in and understanding of digital technologies and platforms and in debates around digital access and inclusivity
  • experience of engaging non-academic audiences and stakeholders in research (e.g. through engagement with policy makers, practitioners, artists or broad public audiences)
  • commitment to professional development and a clear understanding of how the fellowship will support this
  • clear commitment to knowledge sharing and the development of best practice beyond the timeframe of the fellowship itself, based on the networks, insights and learnings developed through their research.

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How to Apply for British Council Decolonising Digital fellowship 2021l

There are two stages to the application process;

Stage 1

To initiate the application process, please submit the following documents to by the deadline of 24:00 on Sunday 10 January 2021:

  • research proposal (up to 3 pages max)
  • CV (up to 3 pages max)
  • names, job titles and contact details of two referees who may be contacted by the British Council later in the application process.

Applications will be reviewed by the British Council.

Stage 2:

At this stage, applicants will be given the opportunity to join a call,

with relevant British Council staff in order to get feedback on their research proposals,

and discuss any queries about the research context for the fellowship.

British Council Decolonising Digital fellowship 2021

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