BIEA offers affiliation services for non-Kenyan researchers. Affiliation to a registered research institution is a mandatory requirement to apply for an essential research permit with the National Commission for Science, Technology and innovation (NACOSTI).
We charge student researchers KES10,000 and postdoctoral researchers KES20,000. The following documents are needed to begin the affiliation process.
- Letter of Introduction from your department
- Letter of Ethical Clearance
- Research Proposal
- A Risk Assessment Form filled by you/ letter from your University
- A Data Protection Form filled by you/ letter from your University
Send your queries on affiliation to [email protected]
Learn Kiswahili with the BIEA
The BIEA hosts intensive online Kiswahili language courses. The courses are aimed at researchers who are conducting or planning to conduct research in Eastern Africa with priority to be given to postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Through group and individual lessons and using a variety of teaching materials including videos and written resources such as local newspapers, students will learn essential communication skills needed to live and work in much of Eastern Africa.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter including details of any experience of Kiswahili you currently have, your plans to use your new language skills should you be awarded a place on the course, and how Kiswahili language skills would contribute to your career development (2 pages)
- Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
- Letter of support (from your supervisor if a postgraduate student)
For information about upcoming Kiswahili language courses please see here.
BIEA Graduate Forum
a) What is BIEA Graduate Forum?
It is an active network of graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences designed to provide support through sharing research knowledge, ideas, and experiences to ease the isolation that is often related to graduate studies.
b) What we do?
We offer helpful platforms and events to develop networks between graduate students and established researchers from different universities, countries and academic disciplines to promote innovative research in Africa.
c) Who can join?
Graduate students whose research is in line with the BIEA thematic areas or related disciplines in Africa’s Humanities and social sciences.
d) When do we meet?
Our meetings take place on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
e) What time do we meet?
We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EAT.
f) Where do we meet?
Our meetings take place in the BIEA seminar room, Nairobi. However, due to potential disruption from Covid-19, the event may assume a hybrid or online-only format.
g) Our activities?
Panel discussions, cocktail events, workshops, training, and Work in progress sessions.
Join the BIEA Graduate Forum by emailing to [email protected]
The BIEA has a reading group that meets every Thursday to discuss selected foundational texts in African studies and theory. Texts are proposed and selected by members. The discussions are held face to face at the BIEA premises, with an online platform where other members can participate.
To join the BIEA’s African Studies and Theory Reading Group, please sign up by emailing [email protected].
Graduate Attachment Scheme
The BIEA graduate attachments offer recent graduates with an interest in further studies in any discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Africa, the opportunity to gain practical research experience and develop their networks in a three-month enrolment
at the BIEA in Nairobi, Kenya.
While subject to change, BIEA graduate attachés:
- Will develop their research interests in the region via dedicated library time enabling the development of a literature review using our well-stocked library.
- Gain practical experience of conducting research in East Africa by working as a research assistant for innovative historical, archaeological, anthropological, political science or legal projects.
- Develop networks with early career and established researchers.
- Gain administrative skills and experience by assisting the BIEA in the organisation of events and in the day-to-day activities of the institute.
- Have the opportunity to take beginner, intermediate or advanced Kiswahili classes.
Graduate attachés receive a monthly stipend towards living costs while staying in Nairobi for the duration of their attachment. Successful applicants will be accommodated together near the institute in accommodation provided by the BIEA. Successful applicants can choose to opt out of this shared accommodation although no other funding or opportunities are provided by the BIEA. The BIEA will cover the cost of travel to and from Nairobi, a visa if required, and insurance for the period of the attachment.
The GAS scheme runs in 2 cohorts per year: 1st June – 31st August; mid-October – mid-December. Applicants should indicate their preferred cohort although this cannot be guaranteed.
Undergraduate Volunteer Programme
The Undergraduate Volunteering Programme is one of the training and capacity building opportunities at the BIEA. While participating in the programme at the BIEA, Nairobi-based current undergraduate, volunteers participate in our core research-centered BIEA business. Our volunteers receive guidance and support to develop their academic skills and interests, while connecting with academics and students from around the globe and assisting the BIEA in our aims and objectives..
‘I’m grateful to the BIEA for the Undergraduate Volunteer opportunity. It’s been an incredibly amazing experience having had a chance to develop vital skills that remain pivotal to my academic pursuits. With this opportunity, I managed to engage in the participation and organization of the Weekly BIEA Reading groups and PHD forums taking over email correspondences regarding the same. These platforms have and continue to profoundly build on my reading skills thus help me better understand how to engage in, interpret and shape scholarly conversations. This has indeed been and continues to be an Incredible space on academic development for me : Forever a member,’ LoiceOn’gere, UVP 2018.
’Undertaking the BIEA UV programme has been a great honour. Coming from a legal background, it was refreshing to be exposed to a broad social sciences and humanities research environment. I was also privileged to host a panel discussion on the Kenyan youth and corruption at the BIEA, a first for undergraduate volunteers. I enjoyed the stimulating discussions based on splendid book selections that characterized the weekly reading groups. The close interaction with both young and accomplished researchers was really the highlight of the programme that has strengthened my resolve to pursue research in the future.’ Gideon Mawasi, UVP 2018,
For the latest information about our UVP programme please see here.