Get up to $7,000 for Emerging Scholars in the Africa No Filter Research Fellowship Program 2020

Respond to this call for applications focused on exploring the true African Narrative.

Be a part of rewriting the truth about Africa and help denounce stereotypes and harmful narratives.

Selected Research Fellows will work together to clarify which narratives are harmful and which are helpful. They will receive funds and be involved in a mentorship program. 

Application Deadline: November 13, 2020.


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For research fellows selected for the program, the fellowship will provide:

  • Up to $7,000 grant fund.
  • A mentorship program that involves:
    • An initiation workshop, which will include comprehensive feedback from leading academics on fellows’ proposals, including advice on literature reviews and methodology.
    • Guided monthly meetings with other Fellows to share and peer review works with a member of the Advisory Committee.
    • As applicable, shared resources for literature review.
    • A writing workshop with leading academics.
    • Comprehensive feedback from leading academics on draft reports and on the preparation of a journal article following the publication of the report.
    • Growing academic and media profiles, through various dissemination activities.


To be eligible for application, entrants must be registered/employed at a recognized academic institute. 


  • Preference will be given to – 
    • Researcher/Scholars with innovative relevant ideas worth developing   
    • Researcher/Scholars who have experience in line with the research program  and/or content analysis skills. 

Examples include scholars in

      • Media/communications/ journalism  studies
      • Filmmaking 
      • Photography 
      • Literature
      • Visual arts
      • Music
      • Development communications
    • African Researcher/Scholars from African countries who are currently undertaking a PhD or a Post-doctorate, or those  who have been  in junior academic posts for less than 3 years. 
  • This research will feed into ANF advocacy and will enhance other tools being developed:
    • A narrave index with indicators for a bi-annual assessment and ranking of each African country’s media narratives on other African countries. 
    • A tool for ongoing in-depth analysis of narratives.
  • At least a 2-country study across ANF priority countries is expected.
  • Priority countries for the research are: 
    • Central Africa 
      • DRC
    • East Africa
      • Ethiopia
      • Kenya
      • Uganda
    • North Africa
      • Egypt
      • Algeria
      • Morocco
    • Southern Africa
      • South Africa
      • Zimbabwe
      • Angola
    • WestAfrica
      • Nigeria
      • Ghana
      • Senegal
      • Côte d’Ivoire
    • International:
      • US
      • France
      • UK
      • China
      • India
      • United Arab Emirates
  • For the Research dissemination, Research Fellows will be required to disseminate in a number of ways, with the support of Africa No Filter, the following:
    • Research report, including an executive summary. 
    • Highlights version of the report for a compilation book on the subject.
    • Submission of paper to academic journal/s (fellows are required to notify Africa No Filter of the publication progress at each stage, even after the fellowship has ended, as publication may take 1-2 years). 
    • Articles,OpEds,blog posts  and social media posts.
    • Media interviews. 
    • Digital/in person  events  (e.g. webinars,  conferences,  seminars,  roundtables) to target various stakeholder groups.
  • Selected fellows must be clear about how they conceptualize the research resulting in changing the African narrative, what qualifies them for the research, and how they see the program developing their expertise.

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Application Instructions

To apply, 

  • Read the proposal tips
  • Completely fill in the proposal form and  provide the following documents: 
    • A cover letter outlining your interest in the project  and highlighting your key strengths. 
    • A 2-3 page CV with two contactable academic  references, outlining 
      • Academic qualifications, 
      • Relevant research experience, 
      • Any applicable professional background.
    • A list of publications and other outputs. 
    • Evidence of registration/employment at a recognized academic institution. 
    • Evidence of African nationality (e.g. certified copy of birth certificate/passport/identity document). 

About the Africa No Filter Research Fellowship program

The Africa No Filter (ANF) is a donor collaborative program established to look into the narrative about Africa, which is often characterized by persistently negative stories and stereotypes that focus more on challenges and less on progress. 

The program seeks to support the development and promotion of nuanced stories that will rectify existing stereotypical narratives about Africa through research, grant making and advocacy. 

The fellowship will empower a narrative change ecosystem and an informed community of storytellers who work more deliberately, and with intention to change harmful stories about Africa.  

The aim is to rectify how Africans view themselves and are viewed by others as informed by stereotypical and outdated  views. 

In addition, make the narrative evidence-based and relevant to the African conversations around investment in Africa, youth unemployment, migration,  development,  and other big issues African countries are dealing with.  

The program is funded by Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundations, Comic Relief and the Hilton Foundation.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 13th November, 2020.

The Fellowship will be granted in December 2020, to be completed by  31st July 2021. 

Research Fellows will participate in a Content Analysis exercise which could be a general content analysis, a frame analysis, or a discourse analysis for  a prescribed  period.

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