Call for Laureates: CODESRIA 2018 Democratic Governance Institute in Arusha, Tanzania (Funded)

Call for Laureates: CODESRIA 2018 Democratic Governance Institute in Arusha, Tanzania (Funded)

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Call for Laureates! The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from academics and researchers in African universities and Research Centres for the 2018 session of its annual Democratic Governance Institute.

The CODESRIA Democratic Governance Institute, is an annual interdisciplinary forum which brings together about fifteen researchers from various parts of the continent and the Diaspora, as well as some non-African scholars who are undertaking innovative research on topics related to the general theme of governance. The 2018 Institute is being organised in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Social Policy. The Institute will be held 18th-29th June 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania on the theme “Governing Africa’s Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?”.

The 2018 Governance Institute will address on the dynamics of social policymaking in Africa; identify the drivers of policies and their policy preferences; it would seek to address the issue of the nature of politics and the constitution of the public sphere necessary for enhanced economic transformation, human flourishing, and new forms of social compact—in other words, issues of inclusive development. Laureates are invited to engage with these issues and explore the different national and regional experiences of modes of governance of the African social policy space, the drivers of public policy, and explore the modes of governance and politics necessary for enhanced human wellbeing and development.


  • Applicants who wish to be considered as laureates should be PhD candidates or scholars in their early career with a proven capacity to conduct research on the theme of the Institute.
  • Intellectuals active in the policy process and/or social movements and civil society organizations are also encouraged to apply.
  • The number of places offered by CODESRIA at each session is limited to fifteen (15). CODESRIA will however provide for five (5) places for participants willing to self-fund their participation.
  • Young African academics from the Diaspora and Non-African scholars who are able to fund their participation may also apply for a limited number of places.
  • It is absolutely important that applicants demonstrate a serious engagement with this call for applications in their proposals.


Applications for participation as laureate should include:

  • 1. One duly completed application form;
  • 2. An application letter;
  • 3. A letter indicating institutional or organizational affiliation;
4. A curriculum vitae;
  • 5. A research proposal not more than ten (10) pages including a descriptive analysis of the work the applicant intends to undertake, an outline of the theoretical interest of the topic chosen by the applicant, the relationship of the topic to the problematic and concerns of the theme of the 2018 Institute;
6. Two (2) reference letters from scholars or researchers known for their competence and expertise in the candidate’s research area (geographic and disciplinary), including their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses;
  • 7. A copy of the passport.

elected applicants will be notified by15th May 2018. Laureates are required to revise their proposals which will be presented during the Institute as a draft research paper. Draft papers should be submitted to CODESRIA not later than 10th June 2018. Laureates will be required to work on their papers during the Institute in preparation for publication after the Institute.

Click here to submit your proposals.

For more information, visit CODESRIA.