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Africa No Filter Research Program

November 13

Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020
Thank you for applying to the Africa No Filter Research Fellowship program for emerging scholars.
Priority will be given to African scholars from African countries or from the diaspora who are currently undertaking a PhD or a Post-doc, or those who have been in junior academic posts for less than 3 years.
In addition:
i. Applicants should be based at a recognized academic institute.
ii. Preference will be given scholars who have experience in line with the research program and/or content analysis skills.
Examples include scholars in media/ communication/ journalism studies, filmmaking, photography, literature, visual arts, music, and scholars of development communication.
About Africa No Filter
ANF is a donor collaborative funded by Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundations, Comic Relief and the Hilton Foundation. We support the development of nuanced stories that shift existing, stereotypical narratives about Africa through research, grant making and advocacy.
ANF’s goal over time is to leave an empowered narrative change ecosystem and an informed community of storytellers who work more deliberately to change harmful narratives about Africa.
About the fellowship
Research Fellows will undertake a Content Analysis exercise (which could be a general content analysis, a frame analysis, or a discourse analysis) for a prescribed period.
Researchers will, clarify which narratives are harmful and which are helpful, then select one option from the list below to investigate:
What are the prevailing stories and resulting narratives about Africa in 2018-2020?
i. In mainstream media – radio, print, online, television in Africa. These should be the mainstream media in each country with the largest footprint.
ii. Across radio, print, online and television in at least two of the following countries/regions: China, India, United Arab Emirates, and Europe.
iii. On social media platforms and by influencers within youthful mediums, e.g. TikTok and Instagram vs. mediums with diverse audiences, e.g. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
iv. Being depicted through artistic representations, for example, photography, visual art, literature and poetry produced within a specified period.
v. On pop culture mediums including music videos, television entertainment shows, and African film produced or presented in a specified period.
vi. In development communications from development organisations, e.g. donors, development agencies, international or local NGOs, or foundations.
vii. On knowledge platforms like Wikipedia or search questions on platforms like Google.
viii. In educational content in Africa e.g. text books, curriculums.
What we are looking for
Chosen fellows should be clear about how they conceptualise the research resulting in changing the African narrative, what qualifies them for the research, and how they see the programme developing their expertise.
How to apply
Fill in this form and provide the following documents:
i. The proposal
ii. A cover letter outlining your interest in the project and highlighting your key strengths.
iii. A 2-3 page CV with two contactable academic references, outlining your academic qualifications and relevant research experience, as well as any applicable professional background.
iv. A list of publications and other outputs.
v. Proof of registration/employment at a recognised academic institution.
vi. Proof of African nationality (e.g. certified copy of birth certificate/passport/identity document).
Applications must be submitted by Friday 13 November 2020. The Fellowship will be granted in December 2021, to be completed by 30 June 2021.
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