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BIEA: Thematic Research Grants

December 17, 2015



Every year the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for our small Thematic Research Grants. These funds are usually dispersed through two calls for applications per year , usually released in June/July and December. This is the second call for applications in the 2015-6 year. Please pay attention to this webpage in June 2016 for the first grant call of the forthcoming year (2016-7) and deadline information.

The British Institute in Eastern Africa invites applications for funding for research projects that engage with one or more of the following thematic areas:

  1. Everyday States
  2. Bio-Cultural Frontiers
  3. Land, Heritage ad Memory
  4. Spending Time
  5. Connections and Disconnections

BIEA research funding is available to support original research within these thematic areas in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences across the region. The BIEA’s thematic grant scheme particularly seeks to help researchers who have limited access to other sources of funds. In doing so, the BIEA seeks to nurture early career researchers and scholars in eastern Africa, and is keen to fund small projects that lay the ground for larger projects. Such researchers may include postgraduate students in eastern African or the UK, or people who have not followed conventional research careers but whose local knowledge or contacts make them well-fitted to conduct quality research.

This funding supports original research in the humanities and social sciences, and we particularly encourage applications from the wider eastern African region, which we define as stretching from Sudan, to Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, and including Madagascar. Grants are normally between £500 and £1,000; in exceptional circumstances, up to £1,500 may be awarded. The grant should contribute towards actual research costs and not include institutional overheads, applicant’s stipend or publication costs. Priority is given to researchers based in the UK or eastern Africa.

All applications and references must be submitted by email to by the date advertised.

Late applications will not be considered. Please Complete the Application Form (downloadable here).

BIEA’s research funding is competitive, and we can only fund a limited number of applicants. Your application must make a clear and compelling case for why we should support your proposed research. It is a condition for the investigator to provide BIEA with written documentation that the research has been approved through ethical review prior to receiving the grant. Applications should include:

  • a covering letter making your case for a grant and explaining the background to your project;
  • a CV;
  • a completed application form;
  • a detailed proposal (maximum 1500 words) setting out how the project fits into the thematic area;
  • a clear and realistic budget detailing how you will use the amount requested;
  • a plan for dissemination – PhD thesis, journal article, conference papers, etc (BIEA will not fund research if there is no prospect that anyone will ever hear about the results).
  • A complete application dossier should reach BIEA by 31st of December 2015

You will need to arrange for two references to be sent directly to BIEA by the closing date. The referees must both support you and endorse the project in your application. For postgraduate students, one referee must be your supervisor.

Successful applicants will be informed within one month of the closing date. If you have not heard from us by then, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

If you are successful in your grant application, you must be a member of the BIEA to receive your award.

For more information on the grants, see guidelines for applying.