Call to participate

This is a call for expressions of interest for ECRs to attend a methodological development workshop in South Africa in March 2018. There are up to 10 funded places available (including travel, workshop attendance, accommodation and meals). The workshop will:

  • focus on conceptualising, sharing and developing skills in storytelling methodologies;
  • work with young people to test out and refine the methodologies;
  • partner ECRs with experienced mentors; and
  • pave the way for the development of collaborative research proposals.

We are looking for early career academics whose research focuses on issues of youth learning, education, schools, or on urban challenges and opportunities in Africa (even better, a combination of these). If you have experience in participatory facilitation, using storytelling approaches in research or working creatively with young people we’d love to hear from you. If you don’t have specific experience in these areas but can demonstrate a commitment to the ideas, values and principles embedded in working and researching in this way, then please do apply.

If you would like to be considered for a place on the workshop, please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a letter outlining your interest in the workshop, your relevant experience and an indication of how you might use storytelling approaches in future research (maximum 2 pages) to alison.buckler@open.ac.uk by Friday 1st December.

Please note that as the purpose of the networking scheme is to support academics from, and institutions in, ODA-recipient countries, funding will only be available for applicants who are a national of an African country on this list and who can demonstrate (in their application) a commitment to developing an academic career in a country on this list.

We have adopted a very broad definition of ‘early career researcher’, although applicants must have a Master’s degree as a minimum qualification. Please also note that if accepted, you must commit to being available Thursday 22nd – Thursday 29th March 2018 inclusive, in South Africa. If you have any questions about applying, please contact Dr Alison Buckler (network lead) on alison.buckler@open.ac.uk.