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Aga Khan University


London, United Kingdom


Programme Description:
The Research Fellowship dedicated to the Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations based in London (AKU-ISMC) commenced in January 2019. It offers an opportunity to pursue research within a stimulating and supportive environment.  Fellows play an active role in the intellectual life of the Programme and the Institute, participating in a wide range of seminars, workshops, and conferences. The fellowship is an opportunity to explore and carry forward one of the Governance Programme’s major research themes.
Fellowship for 2020:
The Research Fellowship will be dedicated to the AKU-ISMC’s Governance Programme and the fellow will be expected to actively participate in the planning and execution of the programme’s activities.  The Fellow will carry out research related to one the following areas:
• Political accountability of the executive in semi-presidential regimes
• Fiqh and popular culture
• Translation and governance: translation(s) of governance and governance of translation
• Any other area broadly related to previous events organised by the Programme
The incumbents will receive a gross annual salary in the range of £31,000 to £35,000 and an annual research budget of £500.  A return flight will be paid for international Fellows. Please note that accommodation in London will need to be independently organised by the Fellow. Other benefits include: office space, access to computer facilities, and access to AKU-ISMC’s library.


Expected Outcomes:
The Fellow will be expected to: (1) produce a working paper (min 5k words) on their fellowship topic and acknowledging the fellowship scheme at AKU-ISMC on any other publications related to the fellowship; (2) organise a research workshop, which will be an opportunity to bring together other academics working on their topic (a proposal for this event is part of the application – see below); (3) engage in discussions about their work and that of colleagues at AKU-ISMC; and (4) possibly delivering lectures and seminars in the MA programme in Muslim Cultures.


Candidates should have:
• A PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences
• Demonstrated research background in one of the above topics
• Excellent communication skills demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English, written and verbal, including language(s) relevant to their proposed research

To Apply

​Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV, and a proposal for a public event/workshop to The event proposal should comprise a summary description, a timeline, potential participants, budget (maximum £3,000) and expected outputs. The proposal should be maximum 2 pages long.


The duration of the post will be either six months full time, or up to twelve months part-time. The fellowship can start from 1 January 2020.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews (either in person or online, as appropriate) between late September and early October 2019.


Note: We will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has not been successful.


By submitting an application to AKU-ISMC you provide your consent to the Institute under the Data Protection Act 1998 for the Institute to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues based at other locations of the University (including in Pakistan and East Africa), and with its nominated agents for the purpose of completing this recruitment exercise. 


Applications should be submitted latest by September 15, 2019

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