Cadbury Research Fellowship Scheme

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology has run an annual Cadbury research programme since 2002.  The programme contains three elements. 

  • Having selected its research theme for the year, the department opens a call for visiting fellowship applications, and selects early career scholars who are normally based in African institutions.
  • When visiting fellows arrive in the department, they join in a series of developmental activities which are organised around the annual research theme and are open to members of academic staff and postgraduate students. These activities may include presentations of work-in-progress, reading groups, writing groups, speaker events, research methods sessions, and one-to-one meetings.
  • The final element of the programme is an international conference, at which fellows present their work, alongside other speakers from around the world. The department is grateful to the Cadbury family for its bequest which allows us to fund this annual programme.

Benefits of a Cadbury Fellowship

The Cadbury fellows will have time to use the University’s excellent library resources, discuss their work with academic staff and postgraduate students at DASA, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department by participating in the numerous events that will be organised here during the period of the fellowships. Fellowships will cover return air-fare, accommodation and living costs for a period of six weeks.

Maxim Bolt speaks at the DASA Cadbury Workshop 2019

Workshop 2019

The Cadbury Workshop 2019 focused on law, custom, and urban land and property in Africa. It addressed intractable practical as well as conceptual issues.

Fellowship scheme 2020

The Cadbury programme for 2020 was organised around the theme of Making Sense: Language, Text and Interpretation in African Studies.

Call for fellowship applications 2020

Fellows profiles

Rosemary Obeng HinnehRosemary Obeng Hinneh

Through my undergraduate, Masters and doctoral studies, I have pursued my interest in the Sociology of the Family. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Ghana (Legon). For the 2017 Cadbury Fellowship programme, I will work onthe topic “Consensual Unions in Ghana: An Alternative or a Precursor to Marriage?”.  I seek to understand the motivations and lived experiences of couples in consensual unions, taking account of gender, ethnicity and social class.   

Roseanne NjiruRoseanne Njiru
I teach in the Department of Social Sciences and Development Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya.  My current research interests focus on: gender; marriage; modernity, globalization and development; HIV and AIDS; human rights; and forced migration.  During my Cadbury Fellowship, I purpose to develop a paper tentatively titled “The Marital Relationship: Opportunity Structures for Extramarital Sex and HIV Transmission in Kenya”.  This paper is part of my PhD dissertation research on Modernity, Gender, Marriage and HIV in Kenya. I am very excited about this great opportunity to engage with other international scholars during my stay at the University of Birmingham

Hear from previous Cadbury Fellows


Previous Cadbury Fellows have included:


  • Issouf Binate (Université Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast)

  • Aboyomi Ogunsanya (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

  • Yunus Dumbe (Kwame Nkrumah University  of Science and Technology , Ghana)

  • Aliyu Alabi ( Bayero University, Nigeria)

  • Emilie Roy ( Al Akhawayn University, Morocco )  


  • Muritala Monsuru ( University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

  • Tinashe Nyamunda (University of the Free State, South Africa)

  • Ezinwanyi Adam (Babock University, Nigeria) 


  • Anya Egwu (Covenant University, Nigeria)

  • Charles Edaku (Nkumba University, Uganda)

  • Oluwatoyin Omobowale (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)