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Decolonising Digital Fellowship
Fellowship Edinburgh

Decolonising Digital Fellowship

DEADLINE:10 January 2021

The British Council, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, has developed a bespoke fellowship opportunity for early-career researchers from Africa who are living and working on the continent.

The fellowship will focus on decolonising digital in the context of cultural and creative production and consumption in Africa and consumption of content originating from Africa in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

The successful candidate will undertake a 7-month research fellowship based with IASH at the University of Edinburgh, starting in April 2021.


  • Early-career researchers who are citizens of any African country AND resident on the continent.


The successful candidate will receive a stipend of £1300 per month, a £1000 travel grant and assistance with the UK visa application process and costs.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • a research and/or professional background that relates to the core areas of British Council programming and strategic engagement: Culture and Creative Industries, Education, Inclusive Communities, and International Cultural Relations more broadly
  • an interest in and understanding of digital technologies and platforms and in debates around digital access and inclusivity
  • experience of engaging non-academic audiences and stakeholders in research (e.g. through engagement with policy makers, practitioners, artists or broad public audiences)
  • commitment to professional development and a clear understanding of how the fellowship will support this
  • clear commitment to knowledge sharing and the development of best practice beyond the timeframe of the fellowship itself, based on the networks, insights and learnings developed through their research.