Researchers, journalists, professionals, and podcasters are invited to apply for a nine-month non-resident fellowship through fahamu Africa if they are interested in helping to create and disseminate cutting-edge insights and significant narratives about life and politics on the continent.
The chosen fellows will have the chance to host guest episodes of podcasts, choose future guests and subjects, form alliances with other content creators and distributors, and expand their research and alliance networks.
Non-resident fellows from Ufahamu Africa work remotely over nine months to create the equivalent of four episodes. Along with helping to develop the season 8 content, distribution concepts, mashup collaborations, and other podcast production choices, fellows will also be requested to join the editing team.
Fellows will receive a stipend to support their internet data costs and their time spent on the fellowship of $3,500 USD.
Ufahamu Africa non-resident fellows will be considered members of the production team and will be invited to attend relevant conferences (African Studies Association, Working Group on African Political Economy, Africa Podfest, others) as possible with current travel restrictions. Through these networks, fellows will have access to annual research grant competitions, online and in-person convenings, training workshops, and more.
- Have experience with research and/or media dissemination to general publics
- Demonstrate commitment to open-access knowledge dissemination
- Demonstrate a commitment to and experience with engaging general publics, policymakers, researchers on topics related to life and politics on the continent
- Demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities/media centers and journalists
- Submit a clear proposal
- Be computer literate, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker
African nationals, scholars, journalists, or content creators based in Africa and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Team proposals are welcome. Familiarity with the Ufahamu Africa podcast or podcasting in general is preferred. A total of three to four fellows (or teams) will be accepted in this RFA, for a fellowship starting October 2023.
You will need to provide the following materials:
- One-page personal statement, including answers to the following:
- Of all fellowships available to you, why are you particularly interested in this one? What do you hope to accomplish during the nine months and beyond?
- How does this fellowship and its workload fit into your current commitments?
- If you are applying as a part of a team, describe the team dynamics and how that will facilitate content creation and contribution to the podcast.
- Curriculum vitae/resume
- Two-page podcast proposal, including answers to the following:
- What type of podcast episodes do you imagine creating? How would you ensure a diversity of thinkers, ideas, voices, and stories? How are you particularly qualified or uniquely situated to produce the content you’re proposing?
- What are your ideas for disseminating to relevant networks?
- If you would like to produce simultaneous episodes in English and another language, what plans would you have to do so and/or what support would you need to do so?
- Please include what problems or questions you are planning to address, what contributions to learning they will make, what target populations you envision, and any translation into educational products, public policy, or other outcomes that may be possible enduring outputs.
- Voice note or sample audio work
- Please submit an audio recording that exemplifies the kinds of content you can or want to create. This may be a short recording you create for this application or a link to other relevant audio work you’ve done in the past. Audio recordings should be at least 30 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes.
Non-resident Fellow Applications