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Call for Research Fellowship

Aga Khan University (International) in the UK

Location: London
Salary: £31,000 to £35,000 per annum and an annual research budget of £500
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th August 2018
Closes: 21st September 2018

Programme Description

The research fellowship programme at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations based in London (AKU-ISMC) commences in January 2019 and offers an opportunity to pursue research within a stimulating and supportive environment.  Fellows play an active role in the intellectual life of the Institute, participating in a wide range of seminars, workshops, and conferences. The duration of the fellowship will be six months. During this period, candidates explore and shed new light on one of the Institute’s major research themes.

Fellowship for 2018/19

For 2018/19, the fellowship will focus on AKU-ISMC’s programme on Governance for the Public Good in Muslim Contexts. As such, the fellow is expected to actively participate in the planning and execution of the programme’s activities.  Within the progamme’s focus, a Research Fellow is sought who will carry out research related to one the following topics.

Potential areas of research

  • Translation and governance: translation(s) of governance and governance of translation
  • Political accountability of the executive in semi-presidential regimes
  • Fiqh and popular culture

Expected Outcomes

The Fellow will be expected to: (1) produce a deliverable (e.g., a research paper) on their fellowship topic acknowledging the fellowship scheme at AKU-ISMC; (2) organise a research workshop which will be an opportunity to bring together other academics working on their topic; (3) engage in discussions about their work and that of colleagues at AKU-ISMC; and (4) possibly delivering lectures and seminars in the MA programme in Muslim Cultures. 


Candidates should have:

  • A PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Demonstrated research background in the above topic
  • Excellent communication skills demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English, written and verbal, including language(s) relevant to their proposed research


The incumbents will receive a gross annual salary in the range of £31,000 to £35,000 and an annual research budget of £500.  A return flight will be paid for international Fellows. Please note that accommodation in London will need to be independently organised by the Fellow. Other benefits include: office space, access to computer facilities, and access to AKU-ISMC’s library and the libraries of neighbouring academic institutions.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV, and a proposal for a public event/workshop (maximum 2 pages, including a short abstract, a timeline, potential participants, and expected outputs) to

The duration of the post will be up to six months and is for a late autumn or early winter start. The specifics of this will be discussed at interview stage.

Application Deadline: 21 September 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews (either in person or online, as appropriate) during the month of October 2018.

Note: We will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has not been successful.

By submitting an application to AKU-ISMC you provide your consent to the Institute under the Data Protection Act 1998 for the Institute to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues based at other locations of the University (including in Pakistan and East Africa), and with its nominated agents for the purpose of completing this recruitment exercise.

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