Africa No Filter offers the Emerging Scholars programme is looking for scholars to explore African narratives across a range of storytelling mediums across Africa, with comparative studies looking at Africa in France, UK, China, India, and United Arab Emirates in 2020.

Poverty, poor leadership, corruption, conflict and disease are the frames that spring to mind when many people think about Africa. Is there more to these outdated stories, are these stereotypical narratives of a continent and its people who lack agency, need fixing and are dependent on wealthy countries the prevailing ones?

The Fellowship is part of Africa No Filter’s broader research agenda aimed at making African narratives evidence based. The research, which is co-funded by Facebook, will be conducted across mainstream media, social media, popular culture, the arts, donor publications, and educational materials.

The program will unpack the prevailing Western narratives about the continent which depict Africans as lacking agency, dependent on wealthy countries and in need of fixing.

Worth of Award

  • Each scholar will be awarded up to $7000 to conduct their research.
  • They will also have access to training, networking opportunities, mentorship and other resources.


  • Priority will be given to scholars in Africa and from the diaspora.
  • To qualify, applicants should be PhD students, Post-doc researchers or junior academics who have been in this role for less than three years.
  • In addition, applicants should be based at a recognised academic institute.
  • Scholars should be the fields of media, communication, journalism studies, filmmaking, photography, literature, visual arts, music, and development communication.
  • Other scholars will be considered if they can demonstrate capability in line with the research program.

How to Apply

Read the proposal tips. Fill in the proposal form and  provide the following documents:

  • A  cover leer outlining your interest in the project  and highlighting  your key

  • 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.
  • A list of publications and other outputs.
  • Proof of registration/employment at a recognized academic institution.
  • Proof of African nationality (e.g. certified copy of birth certificate/passport/identity


Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 13, 2020.  The Fellowship will be granted in December 2020, to be completed by 31 July 2021.

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