SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Externally Funded Projects

2022: PhD Studentship - Transnational Solidarity in the Global Cold War: Egyptian-South African Relations

Applications are invited for a fully funded three-year CHASE doctoral studentship, jointly supervised within the Departments of Politics and International Studies (SOAS University of London), History, Classics and Archaeology (Birkbeck College, University of London), and the Arab and African Research Center (AARC) in Egypt. 


The studentship will support interdisciplinary (Politics and History) research examining the dynamics and dilemmas of transnational solidarity as exemplified in Egypt's role as sponsor of Southern African liberation movements during the 1960s. This will be one of the first studies of its kind, contributing to scholarship on the Cold War, Afro-Asian decolonisation, and African liberation struggles’ contemporary legacies. This project’s overall aims are to retrieve and analyse the shifting motivations, power balances, and mutual influences driving relations between the Egyptian state and the southern African liberation movements which it sponsored during the era of decolonisation, and to engage with theories of solidarity in politics and historical geography to evaluate these.


The three supervisors will be Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl (Politics, SOAS), Dr Hilary Sapire (History, Birkbeck) and Professor Helmi Sharawy (Director, AARC). This is an opportunity to work with two disciplinary/regional experts, and with both a scholar and former co-ordinator of African liberation movements in Egypt’s presidency (1958-1971).


The PhD will commence in October 2022. The student will spend at least three months each at the AARC, and at archives in South Africa. Fluency in Arabic, a capacity to travel freely in Africa, and a first-class degree in Politics/History are essential.


The candidate will benefit from two world-leading Departments, enjoying specialisms in Middle East and African politics at SOAS, with its internationally renowned research library, and expertise in global history, transnationalism, and African History at Birkbeck. Rigorous methods training will be offered at both institutions. The candidate will join the AARC’s Africanist research network and gain special access to its archives/publications. They will also participate in the University of London Southern African seminar series events and workshops.

Funding Amount

For the academic year 2022-23, the stipend will be £18,612 with London weighting. This includes enhanced stipend to cover additional travel costs relating to the project. The funding will cover UK or international fees as needed.

How to Apply

Applications for this studentship must be made via the SOAS University of London application form, by Friday 6 May 2022 at 12 noon. Applicants must provide two references in support of their application.

Candidates will be assessed by a shortlisting process, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Interview outcomes will be received by the Management Board for approval. Full advert and more information.

2021: **Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at SOAS Politics**

Title: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship
Applications closed

2019: Professor Julia Gallagher and Kuukuwa Manful

Title: Building Early Accra: Preserving Historical Building Permits In Africa
Funder:The British Library Funding: £38,380.00
Duration: 01/10/2019-30/09/2020

2019: Dr Yan Tat Kong

Title: The Role of Expanded Tripartite Negotiation in the Transition to Income-Led Growth
Funder: The Academy of Korean Studies Funding: £10,903
Duration: 01/02/2019-31/01/2020

2018: Dr Fiona Adamson

Title: Migration Governance And Asylum Crisis
Funder: European Commission Funding: £326,668
Duration: 01/11/2019-31/10/2022

2018: Dr Dafydd Fell

Title: Continuation Funding: SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme (2018 - 2021)
Funder: Taipei Representative Office in the UK Funding: £171,579
Duration: 01/10/2018-30/09/2021

2019: Professor Stephen Chan, OBE

Title: Thundering Smoke: A socio-Political History of Zambia in Literature
Funder: British Academy non fec Funding: £10,000
Duration: 01/09/2018-28/02/2021

2018: Professor Julia Gallagher

Title:  ASA - Understanding Statehood Through Architecture: A Comparative Study Of Africa’s State Buildings
Funder: ERC - European Research Council Funding: £10,000

2017: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

Title: The Future of Internationalism
Funder:  British Academy Funding:  £9,995
Duration:  01/09/2019-31/08/2020

2017: Dr Dafydd Fell

Title: Research Project to Create a Taiwanese Indigenous Studies Programme and Publish an English Language Handbook on Contemporary Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples' Studies
Funder: Shungye Museum of Formosan Aborigines Funding: £63,994
Duration: 01/09/2017-30/09/2019

2017: Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl

Title: Resistance and Solidarity on the Road to Camp David: The Founding of the Dar al-Fata al-Arabi Publishing House, 1973-5
Funder: British Academy Funding: £6,200

Duration: 01/06/2017-01/06/2020