2nd call for applications 2020-21: BIEA Thematic Research Grants

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for funding for original research projects in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences in eastern Africa.

The BIEA seeks to support early career researchers and scholars in eastern Africa and is keen to fund small projects that lay the ground for larger projects. They will not consider projects that fall outside of these disciplinary areas but may consider projects in Africa and beyond Eastern Africa. They define Eastern Africa as stretching from Sudan down to Mozambique, and Zambia across to Madagascar. BIEA particularly welcome applications from researchers or research teams who have limited access to other sources of funds, and which engage with one or more of the following thematic areas.

  • Epidemics, pandemics, and epizootics
  • Citizens and science
  • Knowing environments
  • Technologies of politics
  • Urban lives
  • Retelling the past.

Applicants for the BIEA thematic grants may include, researchers, postgraduate students in eastern African or the UK; people who have not followed conventional research careers but whose local knowledge or contacts make them well-fitted to conduct high-quality research; and/or collaborative projects which might involve more established scholars but where the resources are ring-fenced for early career or Africa-based project partners.


Grants are normally between £500 and £1,000, or £1,500.

Application Process

All applications and references for the BIEA grants should be submitted by email to  grants@biea.ac.uk

Deadline: December 30, 2020

For more information visit the official site.

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