Cadbury Research Fellow in African Studies – School of History and Cultures.

Position Details

School of History and Cultures

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263

As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £44,263

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to July 2026. Contract for 18 months starting in January 2025.

Closing date: 27th May 2024


We seek a research fellow in African Studies to contribute to our research environment and teaching for 18 months. The Fellow will engage in a programme of research agreed with their mentor. This post is funded by an endowment that enables members of staff at sub-Saharan African Universities to spend a period of time at the University of Birmingham. The post is therefore limited to applicants currently based on the African continent and affiliated with an African Higher Education Institution.

Role Summary

  • Focus on high quality research and publications in African Studies within the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
  • Regional expertise on any area of Sub-Saharan Africa or its diaspora. Candidates with expertise on Ghana are particularly encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from scholars focused on contemporary or historical periods.
  • Contribute to the research environment of the Department and wider School and University.
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results.
  • Engage with Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching as appropriate.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as field research, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and students
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Up to six hours of teaching and/or assessment related work per week, which may include designing and delivering a taught module.
  • Promote equality and value diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods