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Call for Applications: British Academy International Writing Workshops on Migrant Trajectories and Livelihood Transformation in Nigeria

The School of Social Sciences Leeds Beckett University City Campus, Leeds and the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos invite applications from researchers based in Nigerian and West African universities with research interests in migration, forced displacement and livelihood transformation in Nigeria. The writing workshops are organised under the British Academy Writing Workshops 2022.

Forced migration and displacement is on the increase across Nigeria. Despite millions of people forcibly displaced and extensive research on the subject matter, there is an underrepresentation of scholars from West African institutions publishing in high quality international journals, thus resulting in limited contextualised knowledge production.

The writing workshops are designed to support early and mid-career researchers to develop excellent writing skills and ultimately produce scholarly articles for publication in high impact journals. The resulting publications will enrich scholarship in Africa and bring important empirical and theoretical contributions into global knowledge circulations.

Furthermore, the workshops will afford participants the opportunity to become part  of  an emerging cohort of researchers in the field of migration and forced displacement in Nigeria and to develop international networks with academics, editors and funding bodies. We envisage direct mentoring between selected participants and leading scholars and editors of major journals in the subject areas.

The workshop is organised by Dr. Olayinka Ajala, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Leed Beckett University, Prof. Taibat Lawanson, Professor of Urban Management and Governance, and Co-Director of Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos and Dr. Faeren Agaigbe, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Benue State University, Makurdi.

Participation at the workshops would involve attendance at a series of online workshops and a three day in-person workshop. Participants are expected to commit to developing at least one high-quality journal article. The in-person workshop will be held at the University of Lagos in November, 2023. Only costs related to the workshops including travel to Lagos, accommodation, feeding and transport will be covered.

The workshop is funded by the British Academy with support from: Leeds Beckett University, UK, University of Lagos and Benue State University, Makurdi.


To be considered for this workshop applicants need to satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Obtained a PhD no more than ten years ago (Since 2013) in a relevant
  2. Employed as a lecturer or researcher at a university or recognised research institution in Nigeria/West Africa
  3. Be working in the area of Migration, Forced Displacement and Livelihood transformation in Nigeria. Preference given to those with a clear research agenda related to these thematic issues, evidenced by publication and/or unpublished
  4. Must commit to full attendance of all the online and in-person workshop in November 2023.
  5. Participants are required to provide a letter of support from their institution, stating they will be released to participate in the in-person workshop if selected.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

To apply please fill in the following online form:

The deadline for all applications is 11.59pm GMT, 22nd of August 2023

Application form:

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For further information, please contact Dr Olayinka Ajala