British Council Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants for Young African Creative Professionals

The British Council is pleased to present Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants for young African creative professionals. This will allow individuals to conduct research and travel in the Sub-Saharan region.

In addition, the British Council is looking to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The African countries covered under the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants of the British Council (in which the British Council operates) are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Application deadline: March 2022

Benefits of the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants

Between April 2022 and March 2023, the British Council will offer up to nine grants of £2,500 each to ideas having to do with research in the applicant’s chosen artistic sector and travel in the Sub-Saharan region.

When evaluating applications, the British Council will take into account a geographical distribution across the continent.

The British Council is dedicated to the agenda of equality, diversity, and inclusion. It seeks to publicize the UK’s accomplishments in this field. Furthermore, the British Council was established in order to foster “friendly knowledge and understanding” between the people of the United Kingdom and the rest of the globe.

Eligibility Criteria for Young African Creative Professionals

The successful applicant is likely to:

  • Be based at UK arts organization or individual with a proven track record of working internationally;
  • Have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in their sector;
  • Demonstrate experience in working with international partners to deliver collaborative arts programs;
  • Have a basic knowledge of their chosen art sector in the region which is being visited (although the British Council will provide support in putting together a detailed program);
  • Demonstrate a clear rationale for the research they want to undertake;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to our British Council values (see Notes on page 6).

In addition, applicants should:

  • Commit to program a UK public forum to share/disseminate the research findings, this can either be done online or in person (see Notes on page 7 for examples);
  • Have a valid passport for travel;
  • Have a valid visa for travel (if required);
  • Have valid travel insurance;
  • Be able to travel between April 2022 and March 2023.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

How to Apply for the British Council Scholarships

If you would like to apply for this research grant, please submit a PDF Expression of Interest. This should comprise:

  • Up to 2 examples of key projects and/or program that you feel represent your work
  • A short statement (max 800 words) outlining why you are applying for this research grant and clearly state the following:

o State the country or countries you would like to focus and conduct your research

o State how your research proposal aligns with or addresses at least two of the ‘Art Connects Us objectives’ (see Notes section on page 6).

o State what you hope to gain from the experience and outline some of the potential practical applications of the research into a tangible program or project.

  • Activity plan; identify the main stages of your activity during the research visit.
  • CV (up to 2 pages)

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