Teacher Fellowship programme: Teaching the economic history of colonialism in Africa and Asia

Teacher Fellowship programme 2024

We are delighted to announce our next funded Teacher Fellowship programme in partnership with the Department of Economic History at LSE, exploring the economic history of colonialism and empire in South and South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This rigorous programme seeks to develop participants’ awareness of the economic history of the British Empire, placing an increased emphasis on perspectives from those colonised as well as from the colonial centre. It will look to reframe teaching of the British Empire to go beyond traditional political narratives and consider the influence of economy and society, examining themes of globalisation, migration, global finance and environmental change.

Applications for this programme are now closed. 

  • Who is leading the programme?

    The programme will be led by experienced teacher educators Abdul Mohamud and Robin Whitburn from Justice to History. Participants will work closely with the course leaders and LSE academics Professors Tirthankar Roy, Leigh Gardner and Mohamed Saleh, to draw on their professional expertise and develop resources for classroom use.

    The programme is fully funded by the Department of Economic History at LSE in partnership with the Historical Association. Accommodation and travel will be funded.

  • What is the structure of the programme, and what is expected of me?

    The programme is split into multiple stages, which are outlined below.


    • Once accepted onto the programme, we would expect participants to undertake some preparatory reading and complete introductory tasks.
    • Participants are expected to organise their own travel to London for the residential and submit an expenses request.


    • The programme begins formally with an in-person residential from 11–13 April 2024 in London. Attendance is compulsory and contribution to discussions is expected.

    Online course

    • The programme continues in the summer term with a 12-week online course which will take place from May to September 2024. Participants are expected to take an active part in the online course, posting and commenting in response to others each week. We expect a minimum of 3-4 hours each week to be spent reading, preparing for and participating in the online course discussions. Two of the weeks will take place over the summer holidays with participants to contribute at their own pace.

    Resource development

    • Attendance is compulsory at a one-day workshop on Saturday 28 September 2024 to explore and agree course outcomes. Following this, participants will be expected to work on their outcome resource with support from the course leaders.
    • Outcome resource development and reflection. We would expect draft resources to be submitted in December 2024. Once feedback has been received, participants are expected to incorporate any revisions and trial the resource in class before submitting their final resource in spring 2025.

    Resource editorial and publication

    • If participants wish for their resource to be published on the HA website, and provided it is assessed up to standard, they are expected to engage fully with the revision and editorial process until summer 2025.
  • What are the intended outcomes of the programme?

    • - An improved awareness of the economic history of the British Empire
    • - Providing students with access to perspectives from those colonised as well as from the colonial centre
    • - Providing materials of interest to a diverse range of students
    • - Changing the way in which economic history of the British Empire is taught in UK schools. 

  • How will I be assessed on the programme?

    You will be awarded a Historical Association Teacher Fellowship on the successful creation and submission of a written resource for the benefit of other teachers by the end of the programme. Work will be assessed by a selection panel including representatives from the HA and project team. Please note that copyright for any material you produce during this programme will be assigned to the HA.

  • Am I eligible to apply?

    The programme is open to all UK secondary history teachers with a minimum of three years’ experience teaching history (including this academic year). Please note that greater weight will be given to those in state-funded schools. There are 10 places available on the programme.

    Applicants must ensure that they have approval from their senior leadership team before applying and being accepted onto the programme. You will be asked to supply your headteacher's contact details should we need to contact them for a reference.

    Successful applicants will need to be members of the HA at the time of commencing the programme (either individual or school membership). 

  • What are the application criteria?

    Essential criteria

    • - Commitment to enhancing the teaching of this subject in your school
    • - Enthusiasm for your history teaching and developing your subject knowledge
    • - An ability to plan rigorous and engaging learning
    • - An ability to write for an audience of other teachers

    Desirable criteria

    • - A reasonable background and working knowledge of the period
    • - Experience in sharing your work with other teachers
    • - Experience leading CPD or mentoring other teachers

    Successful applicants will be expected to do some preparatory reading for the programme and will be supplied with a reading list accordingly.

  • How do I apply?

    Application for the programme closed at 10:00 on Monday 19 February 2024.

    HA Teacher Fellowship application form: Teaching the economic history of colonialism in Africa and Asia (Google Forms)

    In addition to asking some personal information and reference details, the application form will ask the following questions.

    1. 1. Tell us why you want to join the programme, what you and your school hope to gain from your involvement, and why you think you are a suitable person to participate in this programme (maximum 5,000 characters, including spaces)
    2. 2. Outline a series of teaching activities or lessons that you are particularly proud of, reflecting upon how and why this has been a success. If you are unsure about the kind of thing you might choose, you could refer to Teaching History's Triumphs Show articles for inspiration (maximum 4,000 characters, including spaces)
    3. 3. Please give us an example of a teaching resource that you have written or worked on, e.g. lesson resource, scheme of work, curriculum map or other planning document. Ideally this would be the resource referred to in Question 2 above, and if possible should cover an aspect of the Teacher Fellowship content.

    Applicants can expect to hear back from the selection panel no later than mid-March 2024.

Any further questions?

Please contact Maheema Chanrai at maheema.chanrai@history.org.uk.