RSC-BIEA Fellowship for Refugee/Displaced Scholars


The Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH) at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is launching a 12-month fellowship for refugees and other displaced scholars who are interested in graduate-level study in the field of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (RFMS). It will be run in collaboration with British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA). The fellowship will include teaching, mentorship, and professional development activities provided by specialists in the field. Activities will span three terms of study and research (Oct 2021–June 2022) followed by a 3-month professional placement with RLRH, RSC, BIEA, or other academic and research institutes. Fellows will hold affiliated membership statuses with both the RSC and BIEA, and will be awarded a certificate from University of Oxford upon completion. Fellows will receive a stipend of 750USD per month for the duration of the fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Have lived experience of forced displacement (e.g., as a refugee, asylum seeker, IDP, stateless person, former refugee, or another category);
  2. Live in East Africa or the Horn (e.g., Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan); refugee/displaced scholars living elsewhere and with an interest in displacement issues in Africa are also encouraged to apply;
  3. Have completed a BA degree in a field in the Social Sciences or Humanities (e.g., International Relations, International Development, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Law, Literature, etc.), or have comparable experience (e.g., have previous professional experience in the humanitarian sector, participation in academic/professional research projects, completion of training in related fields, etc.);
  4. Have demonstrated interest in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies or related fields; and
  5. Be able to commit for 25-30 hours a week, for a period of 12 months.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals in social groups that are under-represented in this space, including LGBTQ+, gender non-conforming, women, and disabled candidates.

Applications deadline: August 30th, 5pm EAT Interested?

Interested? Attend one of our information sessions on 12th August at 5pm EAT, 17th August at 2pm EAT, or 23rd at 10am EAT.

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