Research Funding

Thematic Research Grants (Standard)

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for its Thematic Research Grants to support projects related to any of its research themes, which are regularly reviewed and revised. Please check the website for details of our current themes; http://www.biea.ac.uk/research/biea-research-themes/  The normal sum awarded is between £500 and £1,000 sterling or its equivalent in local currency. In exceptional circumstances, where a compelling case is made, a grant of up to £1,500 may be made.  Applications may be for a one-off project, or may form part of an established larger programme of research activity.  Grants are normally awarded as contributions towards actual research costs and do not include institutional overheads or any stipendiary element for applicants.

Applications should not exceed 1,500 words in length. Applicants should use the following headings in organizing their application: research questions; research context; methodology; dissemination strategy. The application should include a one page, brief CV, and a separate budget break down of not more than one side of A4, which justifies the costings for the application.  In addition the applicants should ask a referee to write to the application email address by the closing date.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] by 17.00 hours GMT on the closing date. Decisions will be communicated to applicants shortly thereafter.  The Thematic Research Grants scheme has two rounds of application per year, with deadlines in July and December.  Please note that the application email address is not continually monitored and we do not provide individual confirmation of receipt.

Queries should be addressed to [email protected]

Advice for Applicants

BIEA’s research funding is competitive as we receive many more applications than we can fully fund. Your application must, therefore, make a clear and compelling case for why we should support your proposed research. Making such a case means briefly summarising the current state of knowledge and your research question, and explaining briefly how your chosen research methodology will help to advance knowledge, and contributes to the BIEA current research themes.  Your project also needs to be viable – that is, it has to be possible within the budget and time-frame you have set out.  Your budget needs to be realistic and justify the amounts requested.  You must have a clear plan for dissemination so that people will hear about the results.