Call for Applications: Wasafiri Studentship


Deadline: 27 March 2020

We’ve won full funding for a fantastic Collaborative Doctoral Award through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) network (with Queen Mary, University of London and the British Library). Apply for this unique opportunity to draw upon Wasafiri’s 35-year archive to explore the cultural, political and literary history of the magazine and the material conditions affecting the publication and reception of writers of colour in Britain (1980 – 2020).

This project will explore the birth, background and context of Wasafiri. Drawing upon our unique archival sources, now housed in the British Library Contemporary Collections, and not yet publicly available, Wasafiri‘s particular history will act as a paradigm to offer broader insights into the material conditions affecting the production, publication and reception of black, Asian and diasporic writing in Britain from the fraught era of Thatcherism to the present.

The project is particularly timely given the BL’s  acquisition of the archive, Wasafiri‘s recent celebration of 35 years and 100 issues of publishing, and the scarcity of material currently available in tracking the history of this writing, including the early history of several now well-known figures, often featured in the magazine long before they were to rise to national and global prominence.


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and a Masters-level qualification or equivalent which meets AHRC requirements for research training. Applicants with relevant work/professional experience who are considering doing a PhD are also encouraged to apply.


The studentship includes a stipend at the Research Council UK Home/ EU rate (£17,009 per annum 2019/20 rates) plus tuition fees for three and half years. The awarded candidate will also be entitled to a £550 per annum stipend top-up. As a LAHP student, the successful candidate will have full access to the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 90 students per year. Studentships can be either full or part-time.