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The British in East Africa Graduate Attachment scheme call for applications

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Deadline: 25 Feb,2020    Next term Starts:: 03 Jun,2020

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BIEA graduate attachments offer recent graduates, with an interest in further studies in Africa, the opportunity to gain practical experience of research. The June 2020 to May 2021 BIEA graduate attachment scheme will take up to nine successful applicants. Graduate attachés will be involved in three types of work while at the BIEA. Attachees will develop specific research interests in the region, gain practical experience of conducting fieldwork, meet a variety of active researchers, and take part in a number of innovative historical, archaeological and anthropological projects throughout eastern Africa;Assisting with the administration of the BIEA including website, library, reading groups focused on key texts in African studies, workshops and seminars; and, Doing their own research usually leading into developing a plan for a Masters or PhD. Their attachment involves the presentation of a paper in the BIEA Completion Seminar Series upon some aspect of the research they have carried out during their time at BIEA.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Graduate attachments are three months long. There may be opportunities to extend your stay but accommodation, food, visa and transport changes will be at the attache’s own expense.
  • You will need a strong academic record, some experience of studying/researching Africa, and a clear interest in developing your own research.
  • You should also be able to show significant initiative and that you are equally adept at working and living alone or as part of a large team.
  • You should be ready to offer enthusiastic assistance for various field projects and subsequent data analysis.
  • Graduate attachés can arrive between 1 July 2020 and 1 January 2021. The scheme for this year will finish on 31 March 2021. Please specify the three-month time period(s) that you are available for this scheme in your application.

 

Awards and Benefits

  • Graduate attachés will be given a total allowance of £1600.00 for the three months of the attachment to pay for accommodation, food, daily transport in Nairobi and medicine.
  • The attachés will have to provide receipts for their expenses amounting to their total allowance (small food purchases can be written down weekly in a receipt book/ledger).
  • The total costs for transport to and from Nairobi at beginning and end of an attachees stay will be paid separately on a needs basis.
  • Graduate attachés will not be obliged to use the offered BIEA accommodation, but will be given preferential access to the dorm rooms, should they wish to use the BIEA guest house.
  • The BIEA has free weekly Swahili lessons, at beginner, intermediate and advanced level that graduate attachés can join.
  • The timing of researcher projects often change due to budgets and administration so cannot be guaranteed but below is a list of researchers who have plans for the next year.
  • Potential graduate attachés should also explore the BIEA Annual Review to find out about other possible projects that are on-going. Graduate attachés are eligible to apply for more funds from the BIEA for field research.

 

How To Apply

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