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An opportunity is available for two CHASE-funded PhD students to join Wasafiri on a year-long editorial placement. The internship will provide invaluable experience within an internationally-recognised academic and literary journal in preparation for a career within academia, publishing, or the arts sector.

Work with Wasafiri

Internship Opportunity: CHASE Wasafiri Editorial Placement

An opportunity is available for two CHASE-funded PhD students to join Wasafiri on a year-long editorial placement. The internship will provide invaluable experience within an internationally-recognised academic and literary journal in preparation for a career within academia, publishing, or the arts sector.

CHASE-affiliated institutions include: the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex; The Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; Birkbeck, University of London and SOAS, University of London.


Application deadline: Midnight, 16 June 2024  

Interviews: Week commencing 1 July 2024

Start date: 29 July 2024 preferred

Hours: Part-time (2.5 days per week) for one year (shorter placements will also be considered)

Location: In-person, remote, and hybrid (remote+in person) working options. Offices are at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End campus.


The placement in brief

A chance to build your own network and gain experience behind the scenes at an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation with a 40-year history of radical publishing and curriculum change, this placement combines editorial support for our quarterly magazine and managing our submissions portal. There are also many opportunities for experience in areas of your own interest, which might include events organisation, design, and more. This role is ideal for a motivated and curious candidate with excellent critical reading skills and a strong desire to work in a small team.

The magazine

Wasafiri is the UK’s leading magazine of international contemporary writing. Launched in 1984 to create a vibrant publication space for authors and critics from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and their diasporas, Wasafiri has spread its reach over the last 40  years to encompass the works of writers worldwide, championing underrepresented writers from all backgrounds. Having pioneered a shift in the literary, cultural, and critical landscape, the magazine draws widely across modern culture and the arts, publishing a lively and informed mix of fiction, poetry, interviews, essays, articles, art, and reviews.  You can access the magazine here.

The placement in detail

Wasafiri has been successfully working with CHASE placement students since 2018. The placement is made up of two halves: assisting with the editorial production of our quarterly magazine and managing our submissions system, including peer review. Activities include:

  • Managing our submissions portal, including reading submissions and assigning peer reviewers, in coordination with the Deputy Editor, allowing the student to discover and influence emerging scholarship and promote innovative work.
  • Contributing to editorial strategy for the print magazine and website content by attending editorial and Associate Editor meetings, as well as wider organisational strategy, including events and special projects.
  • Managing relationships with contributors and peer reviewers, learning to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders, and growing a personal network of arts practitioners and researchers.
  • Supporting the Reviews Editor, communicating with publicists, publishers, and reviewers as required.

As well as providing an introduction and foundation to working in the arts beyond academia, Wasafiri placements offer students the skills necessary for the completion of their own research, including time management, editing, and communication, as well as developing academic networks and gaining a better understanding of the journal publishing process.

Only CHASE-funded researchers at CHASE-affiliated institutions are able to apply. 

The CHASE-funded researcher undertaking a placement via CHASE will receive an extension to their stipend equivalent to the duration of their placement. They can also apply for additional funding (for example, travel and accommodation expenses if the placement cannot be undertaken from the researcher’s home base) to support them during the placement.


Successful candidates will report to Wasafiri’s Deputy Editor, Durre Shahwar. For more information, please email: d.shahwar@qmul.ac.uk 

Applications should consist of a cover letter of up to a page and a CV, and should be sent to wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk by Midnight BST, 16 June 2024. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom in the week commencing 1 July.

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