Introducing the BIEA

The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its research centre  with accommodation, lecture facilities, work space and reference library in Nairobi, Kenya. The Institute is a registered charity which exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa. It offers financial support , affiliation services and logistical assistance to research projects, and runs a graduate attachment scheme. The Institute publishes a regular newsletter as well as the journal Azania: archaeological research in Africa and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Membership is open to all and we would be delighted if you would join us.

Announcements

Call for Papers

British Institute in Eastern Africa and Uganda Elections Research Network Workshop on Uganda’s 2021 elections

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) and Uganda Elections Research Network (UERN) are organizing a workshop on Thursday 29 July 2021 to discuss cutting edge research on Uganda’s 2021 presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.

We welcome papers on a wide range of topics around the elections. This includes, but is not limited to: analyses of state-society relations, the workings of key state and non-state institutions (including political parties, the election administration, police, judiciary, election observers, religious organizations and civil society), strategies of political mobilization, public opinion and voting behavior, political impact of COVID-19, levels of democratization, and comparative work with other countries.

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop please submit a title, an abstract (300-500 words), and short bio (maximum 200 words) to Prince Guma ([email protected]) by Friday 18 June 2021.  All presenters will be given approximately 15 minutes to discuss their paper.

Call for Applications

1: Postdoctoral writing grants

BIEA is offering writing grants for two scholars who have recently completed doctoral research within the disciplines of humanities and social sciences in eastern Africa. A writing grant provides a modest stipend for the completion and submission of a high impact publication to Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa or the Journal of Eastern African Studies, based on the results of the PhD research.

The writing grant covers the period of three months, to be completed before end December 2021. Applicants must be able to confirm that they are only working a maximum of 15 hours per week in other employment during the time they are receiving the writing grant. The writing grant stipend is £1,000 per month for three months, at the end of which the paper must be submitted to the relevant journal.

Applicants should have undergone a successful viva before taking up the writing grant.

Applications should take the form of the doctoral thesis abstract; a publication abstract and contents outline; a timetable for the completion of the publication, including which three months the applicant will undertake the writing grant; and a statement of support from the doctoral supervisor.

Deadline for applications: 20th June 2021, with a decision made by end June. Applications should be sent to the BIEA Director Jane Humphris ([email protected]).

2: Bringing research home: dissemination grants for post-doctoral scholars

BIEA is offering support for two scholars who have recently completed doctoral research within the disciplines of humanities and social sciences in eastern Africa to either return to the site of their research and present their findings to the community/ies with whom they worked, and discuss further research potential with local stakeholders; or to implement an innovative digital way of performing the same tasks, to ensure covid compliance and avoid travel. 

Applicants should have undergone a successful viva since 1 January 2020.

The application should take the form of the doctoral thesis abstract; a short narrative statement of proposed activities; a budget; and a statement of support from the doctoral supervisor. The maximum amount available is £2,500 per scholar. Successful applicants will be expected to complete their trip or digital project before end of 2021, to supply several blog and social media posts and to be available for a public presentation about their trip.

Deadline for application: 1st July 2021. Applications should be sent to the BIEA Country Director Freda Nkirote ([email protected]).