2020 British Institute in East Africa Graduate Attachments Program

Deadline: February 25, 2020.

BIEA graduate attachments offer recent graduates, with an interest in further studies in Africa, the opportunity to gain practical experience of research. The June 2020 to May 2021 BIEA graduate attachment scheme will take up to nine successful applicants.  Graduate attachés will be involved in three types of work while at the BIEA:

  • Attachés will develop specific research interests in the region, gain practical experience of conducting fieldwork, meet a variety of active researchers, and take part in a number of innovative historical, archaeological and anthropological projects throughout eastern Africa;
  • Assisting with the administration of the BIEA including website, library, reading groups focused on key texts in African studies, workshops and seminars; and,
  • Doing their own research usually leading into developing a plan for a Masters or PhD. Their attachment involves the presentation of a paper in the BIEA Completion Seminar Series upon some aspect of the research they have carried out during their time at BIEA.


1. Graduate attachments are three months long

2. You will need a strong academic record, some experience of studying/researching Africa, and a clear interest in developing your own research.

3. You should also be able to show significant initiative and that you are equally adept at working and living alone or as part of a large team.

4. You should be ready to offer enthusiastic assistance for various field projects and subsequent data analysis. Graduate attachés can arrive between 1 July 2020 and 1 January 2021. 


1. Graduate attachés will be given a total allowance of £1600.00 for the three months of the attachment to pay for accommodation, food, daily transport in Nairobi and medicine.

2. The attachés will have to provide receipts for their expenses amounting to their total allowance (small food purchases can be written down weekly in a receipt book/ledger).

3. The total costs for transport to and from Nairobi at beginning and end of an attaché’s stay will be paid separately on a needs basis.


1. Applicants should send a  CV and Cover Letter  to  gas@biea.ac.uk  explaining how participation in the scheme will assist the development of your career.

2. You will need to arrange for two academic references to be sent directly to BIEA.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.biea.ac.uk/call-for-2020-2021-applications-graduate-attachment-scheme/

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