West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Research Fellowship 2017

West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Research Fellowship 2017

Deadline: April 3, 2017

With the support from Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is inviting applications to its maiden research fellowship programme which aims to promote leadership and governance for civil society in West Africa. This short-term fellowship (90 days) is an action-oriented initiative targeted at young researchers.

The goal of the fellowship is to offer young researchers an opportunity to document indigenous practices on civic leadership and governance in West Africa. This will be done by providing a space for interaction between relevant stakeholders, including decision-makers, development practitioners, Civil society leaders and their constituents.

Three young research fellows would be selected and be supported to conduct research on a specific area of civil society leadership and governance while taking into cognizance practitioner experiences. Fellows will be based at WACSI, Accra-Ghana for the duration of 3 months (June-August 2017). At the end of the programme, fellows are expected to have practical hands-on experience and evidence on civic leadership and governance in West Africa. Fellows will also be expected to produce publishable research reports.


The fellowship programme is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation


  • Open to young research fellows from across West Africa
  • Applications should be between the age brackets of 20-35


Applicants must submit:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Writing sample (a related paper, if available) and
  • 2 references (at least 1 academic).

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] and [email protected] by Monday, 03 April 2017. Priority will be given to applicants from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

For more information, visit WACSI Research Fellowship.