Tuesday 11 May 2021


We invite applications from researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, students, artists and others for our Summer Fellowship on Internal Displacement, tenable from July to September 2021 only.

1. What is the ‘Summer Fellowship on Internal Displacement’?

Over three months, the Summer Fellowship allows you to produce a short piece of writing or artwork specifically concerned with internal displacement and/or internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Fellowship offers a prestigious platform to stimulate wider global interest in these themes.

2. Who can apply for this Fellowship?

Anyone with a good idea can apply! You may be a researcher who wants to write a short think piece on internal displacement. You may be a protection officer, programme official or health worker who has noticed something interesting in your work with IDPs and wants to write about it. You may be an IDP who wants to contribute a perspective on internal displacement issues. You may be an artist, poet, writer, musician or dancer who would like to create a new work on internal displacement… 

3. How do I apply for the Fellowship?

Apply by email (rli@sas.ac.uk) by sending: (i) a brief CV and (ii) a proposal (max. 500 words) about what you will do during the Fellowship, what form the output will take (for example, short paper of up to 5,000 words or other similar output) and why this might be of interest to the internal displacement field. The application and outputs can be in English, Spanish or Arabic. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 11 June 2021. Each network (see below) will award several Fellowships based on the merit of proposals. The Fellowships will start on 1 July 2021 and end on 30 September 2021, when the Fellowship output will be due - no extensions. We particularly welcome applications from IDPs and other persons living in countries affected by internal displacement.

4. What does the Fellowship involve?

The Fellowship funds you to produce a new original piece of writing or art that we envisage publishing or hosting through our networks to promote wider global interest in issues of internal displacement. The proposed work must be original and must not be published elsewhere. It cannot be used to fund dissertation projects for an existing programme of study. Acceptance of the Fellowship implies acceptance of these terms, without impacting other author rights to the work. 

A stipend of £400 is attached to each Fellowship, payable by us upon determining satisfactory completion and receipt of the agreed output by the Fellow. Any bank transfer fees will be deducted from the stipend. No other formal affiliation or benefits are implied by the Fellowship, which is held remotely. Fellows will be expected to participate in a joint orientation meeting for Fellows in July.

5. Who runs this Fellowship?

The Summer Fellowship on Internal Displacement is an academic project run by the regional research networks: Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA); Latin American Network on Internal Displacement (LANID); and Middle East Regional Network on Internal Displacement (MERNID); and supported by the Internal Displacement Research Programme, University of London. The project is funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund