Apply for a Bursary on the WARIA Programme

Applications are invited from Early Career Researchers (within 4 years of PhD) and Post-Graduate Research Students currently studying or working in an African DAC listed country to participate in the British Academy funded writing workshop series Writing and Researching the Political Economy of Inequality in Africa. The programme is delivered and supported by established academics at Leeds Beckett University UK, University of Derby UK, University of Johannesburg, S.A, the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies , Nigeria and Leeds University UK. The programme is supported by the British Academy. You can find out more at

Applications are welcomed from researchers working broadly in the area of the political economy of inequality in Africa. We would particularly welcome applications from female researchers and those working on socio-economic and gendered inequality. To be eligible applicants must be a national of an African country on the DAC list and be either working or studying in an African country on the DAC list (Available here:

Successful applicants will:

  • Be eligible for a £200 (UK) bursary to support the costs of online attendance.

  • Free attendance at 8 days of workshops focussed on skills development for social science researchers.

  • 1-2-1 mentoring to develop a piece of research focussed on any aspect of the political economy of inequality in Africa. This can be focussed on domestic or international inequality, the role of political and economic forces in shaping inequality or the political and economic implications of inequality, gender, racial, national or socio-economic inequality.

  • Support to disseminate research findings to a policy and practitioner audience.

  • Development of an international peer network of researchers interested in inequality.

To Apply


To apply, applicants must complete the pre-qualification questionnaire. You will need a google account before applying.

You will need to provide:

  • basic contact details

  • a 2 page CV (upload),

  • completed research plan (using template provided)

  • a sample of academic writing (upload).

The deadline for applications is midnight 24th May 2021 (UK time). Applicants will be shortlisted and then invited to interview via online video conferencing on week beginning 30th May 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by 12th June 2021.

By applying, applicants will be confirming their availability attend the full online workshop programme.