SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Fellowships 2019

SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Fellowships 2019

Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowships are open for applications. The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

The Next Generation Social Sciences program, launched in 2011, responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by the extraordinary emphasis on increasing undergraduate enrollment without proportionate investment in faculty development. The program currently operates to strengthen tertiary education in Africa through a series of institutional and individual interventions, creating a pipeline for the development of faculty and research communities working on peace, security, and development topics.

Program Components

  1. Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship: supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal. Proposal development fellowships are intended to support doctoral students working on developing a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as students who recently completed a master’s degree and seek to enroll in a PhD program.
  2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship: supports 6-12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.
  3. Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship: supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.

Eligibility

  • All applicants must:
    • be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country
    • residents of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
    • hold a master’s degree
  • For Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship:
    • be either enrolled in a PhD program, or intend to enroll in a PhD program
  • For Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship:
    • be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
    • have an approved dissertation research proposal
  • For Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship:
    • be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
    • be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter

As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Application

To apply, click on the specific fellowship:

  1. Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship
  2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship
  3. Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship

For more information, visit SSRC.

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