Graduate Attachment Fellowship Scheme at British Institute in East Africa in Africa 2020


Graduate Attachment Fellowship Scheme application process at British Institute in East Africa in Africa. Learn the best way to apply for the Graduate Attachment Fellowship Scheme for the academic year2020/2021, via British Institute in East Africa Scholarship Portal.

If you are reading this, it means you have heard about the Graduate Attachment Fellowship Scheme 2020.

In this article, we are going to systematically outline the right way to apply for the Graduate Attachment Fellowship Scheme for interested and qualified applicants.

Scholarship Description

British Institute in East Africa (BIEA) graduate attachments program provides recently graduated scholars who have an interest in further studies in Africa, the chance to get research experience and build their networks. The July 2020 to June 2021 British Institute in East Africa (BIEA) graduate attachment scheme will accept up to nine (9) successful candidates.

However, due to COVID-19 and associated social distancing and travel restrictions, the scheme will consist of on-line research and activities until further notice. This will include one-to-one and group meetings via Zoom. Successful candidates will be taking on three (3) types of work while with the British Institute in East Africa:

  • Get practical experience of carrying out research by working hand-in-hand a prominent researcher on one, or a number of, innovative archaeological, historical and anthropological projects on eastern Africa;
  • Undertake their own research with the assistance of a named mentor usually leading into developing a plan for a Masters or PhD. The attachment scheme will involve the presentation of a paper in the British Institute in East Africa Completion Webinar Series upon few aspects of the research they have conducted during the period at BIEA.
  • Helping with the administration of the British Institute in East Africa which includes online reading groups concentrated on key texts in African studies, and online seminars and workshops.
  • Also, the British Institute in East Africa will provide free weekly online Swahili classes that graduate attachés can enroll in.

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Available Subjects

Current BIEA research projects include:

  • Another Word? East Africa and the Global 1960s. Prof. Dan Branch (University of Warwick), Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh and Gerard McCann (University of York).
  • Agriculture and prosperity in Africa. Dr Matt Davies (UCL)
  • Election campaigns and social media. Prof. Gabrielle Lynch (University of Warwick)
  • Ruth First (activist) writings on Kenya. Prof. Ambreena Manji (Cardiff University)
  • Climate change in East Africa. Prof. Henrietta Moore (UCL)
  • Global Finance Project.Prof. Victor Murinde (SOAS)
  • Women in political leadership. Prof Catherine Ndungo (Kenyatta University)
  • Palm, Sand and Fish: Traditional Technologies of the Daughters of the Azanian Coast of East Africa. Dr. Freda Nkrote BIEA) and Dr Matt Davies (UCL)
  • Indigenous wells as biocultural heritage: community archaeology for sustainable development in pastoralist communities of Kenya and Ethiopia. Prof Paul Lane (Cambridge) and Dr Freda Nkirote (BIEA).
  • Placement with the Open Society Foundation. Dr Muthoni Wanyeki (OSF) (
  • Visitor sites and museums on the East African Coast (Zanibar and Kilwa). Stephanie Wynne-Jones (University of York).
  • Cloth in the African past. Stephanie Wynne-Jones (University of York).

Eligible Nationalities and Benefits

This scholarship is open to students from countries all over the world.


  • Graduate attachés will be provided with an allowance of 1,000 GBP for the three (3) months of the attachment to assist in the payment for food, research costs and access to the internet. The attachés will have to show the receipts for their costs amounting to their total allowance (little food purchases can be written down every week in a receipt book/ledger).

The period of researcher projects change often as a result of budgets and administration, therefore, it cannot be guaranteed. However, a list of researchers who have plans for the coming year is included above. Potential graduate attachés should also go through the British Institute in East Africa Annual Review to find out about other potential projects that will be or are on-going.


Graduate attachments are for a duration of three (3) months. You will need a good academic qualification, some experience of researching/studying Africa, as well as a clear interest in the development of your own research. You should also be able to show significant initiative and be equally adept at working alone or as part of a larger online team. You should be ready to offer enthusiastic assistance for various research projects and data analysis. Graduate attachés can commence between 15th July, 2020 and 1st January, 2021. The program for this year will come to an end on 31st March, 2021. Please indicate specifically the three-month time period(s) that you will be available for this program in your application.

How to Apply

Candidates should forward a Cover Letter and CV to  detailing how participation in the program will help the development of your career. You will need to arrange for two academic references to be sent directly to the BIEA (

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The deadline for the scholarship award application is 30th June 2020. Applicants should ensure they submit their applications on or before the specified date.