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Call for Applications:

Research Fellowship in Education Research in Conflict and Crisis
British Academy Bilateral Research Chair 

"Unpacking the industry of refugee education and research towards an equitable theory and practice"

Duration: 2 years
Salary: 36K (GBP) per year. 


The fellowship 

As part of the Education Research in Conflict and Crisis – British Academy Bilateral Research Chair, this fellowship would support the programme in conducting research and producing various types of knowledge(s) on topics related to:

- Education of refugee children
- Education in Conflict
- Decolonising higher education in the global north and global south (focus on education faculties)
- Education and social movements
- Power Dynamic in knowledge production: research, academic and alternative mediums
- Dynamics in devising policy related to education in crisis
- (De) (anti) colonial Research Ethics
- (De) (anti) colonial epistemologies
- Utilising theories from the global south
- Role of teachers beyond the institution
- Reversing the gaze and deconstructing white privilege
- Challenges and barriers to epistemic justice
- Imaginaries of transformative education
- Models from/of informal/non-formal emancipatory/liberatory education

The fellow will be working on one or more of the above listed themes.

The fellow will also be working with the programme team on:

- Organising global and regional conferences (both virtual and in person)
- Publishing academic/peer-reviewed articles
- Producing other forms of knowledge through various mediums such as opeds, podcasts, art work, photography etc.
- Organising seminars and webinars related to the above listed themes.
- Supporting the programme team in conducting a summer school related to the above listed themes.
- Contribute to mentoring early career scholars and researchers.


This is a two-year fulltime fellowship (January/March 2023). The fellow will be hired by the Centre for Lebanese Studies and must be based either at the CLS office at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge or at the CLS office at the Lebanese American University of Beirut.

The selected fellows will be expected to travel to Lebanon or the UK for the relevant activities.

The appointed fellow is expected to contribute and actively engage with the activities of the BA programme listed below.

Education qualification 

Holder of a PhD or in their last year of a PhD programme. Their PhD focus to be on education and/or refugee studies or relevant fields.


Knowledge, Skills and commitment 

-  Have knowledge of critical pedagogies, alternative research ethics and global south epistemologies

-  Committed to centering knowledge from the global south and marginalised epistemologies

-  Have knowledge and experience in alternative and critical research and teaching methods

-  Committed to equity, diversity and justice in and through education

-  Have experience in working on and utilising critical research methodology including

research ethics

-  Have knowledge and experience in themes and actions related to decolonising the

curricula, higher education and education research.

-  Languages: Fluency in English and the main language of the context they are working in

are required. Other languages are a plus.


Expected outputs

By the end of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to have:

-  (Co)published three short non-academic articles or blog posts either on CLS related online platforms or other platforms (in English, Arabic or other languages)

-  Published at least one or have a peer-reviewed article approved in an academic journal

-  Co-authored a peer-reviewed article with the programme team members

-  Contributed to at least two podcasts

-  Supported the team with the content and facilitation of the summer school

-  Supported the team with their social media content

-  Supported the team in organising one conference

-  Organised and facilitated two webinars or seminars

The payments are conditional to the delivery of the outputs listed above.
The fellowship comes with a research fieldwork stipend of 5000 GBP per fellow in addition to a conference and travel of 4000 GBP.

The fellow will be working directly with the Bilateral Chair Maha Shuayb and Co-PI Mai Abu Moghli.


Application process:

Deadline for application: 15 December 2022

Please submit your application by registering on the British Academy portal following this link.

Please include a CV and a research statement of no more than 2 pages and indicate if you are applying for the position in Beirut or in Cambridge.


About the programme 

The fellowship is part of a British Academy Bilateral Chair programme on Education in Conflict entitled “Unpacking the industry of refugee education and research: towards equitable theory and practice” at the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the Faculty of Education, at University of Cambridge. The fellow will work with the BA bilateral chair Prof Maha Shuayb and co-PI Dr Mai Abu-Moghli. The objectives for the chair programme are the following:

  1. Strengthen and widen research opportunities for early career scholars and researchers focused on education in emergency and conflict;
  2. Foster dialogue and collaborations between research institutions in the global north and south around equitable and critical education in conflict-affected societies;
  3. Create platforms for dialogue between scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners locally, regionally and internationally around education of refugee and vulnerable children in conflict-affected societies.


  1. Run two summer schools on education in conflict: early and mid-career academics and researchers from Jordan, Lebanon and the UK will come together over a week in a summer school focused on education in conflict- affected societies. The main objective of the summer school is to engage in a critical examination of the field including: the rhetoric of education of refugees, decolonising education in emergencies and conflict-affected societies, research ethics, equitable knowledge production and alternative research methods and approaches to become publicly engaged academics. During these summer schools, the participants will work closely with refugee communities, have opportunities to engage with grass-roots initiatives and organisations and debate openly with policy-makers and university professors from various backgrounds. They will also be supported to produce written material such as blogs and op-eds as well as videos and podcasts.
  2. Establish a mentorship programme: early and mid-career academics and researchers participating in the summer school will be paired with experienced critical academics from Lebanon, Jordan and the UK to exchange knowledge and experiences, co-author articles and work towards equitable approaches to knowledge production and publicly engaged academics in both countries and their respective institutions. Additionally, we will encourage the fellows to produce not only peer-reviewed written pieces but also more engaging and easily accessible outputs which, such as educational videos about their research and podcast series in both Arabic and English.
  3. Offer research placements: Research placements for junior researchers at the Centre will be offered in order to provide them with opportunities to further develop and contribute their knowledge.
  4. Establish a Refugee Education Hub for Research, Policy and Action with members from various sectors and stakeholders with three main objectives: 1) foster the link between research on the one hand and policy and practitioners on the other; 2) promote dialogue between the key concerned parties from all sectors at local, national, regional and global levels to develop research-informed policy and practice; 3) provide a space for knowledge-sharing, capacity- building and professional development.


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The Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) is an independent academic institution established in 1984 to undertake impartial and balanced research in the Social Sciences focused on education, refugee rights, social movements, and disability advocacy. CLS is affiliated with the History Department at the University of Cambridge and the Lebanese American University. CLS has a presence in Beirut, Cambridge, and Amman, and while it undertakes research in various countries around the world, it focuses on Lebanon, Jordan and the UK. Through our work, we seek knowledge production and insight in partnership with other researchers and organisations.