Call for Applications: IFRA Funding for Data Collection on COVID-19 in Nigeria

Call for Applications: IFRA Funding for Data Collection on COVID-19 in Nigeria

Deadline: May 17, 2020

Call for Applications for the IFRA Funding for Data Collection on COVID-19 in Nigeria is now open. The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) is offering small grants to support researchers based in Nigerian institutions who are willing to participate in collecting data on COVID-19 while the crisis is ongoing.


The emergence of COVID-19 in late 2019, and its subsequent spread all over the globe, have challenged both stable and fragile States, have endangered, even the strongest economies and transformed all societies. In Nigeria, the virus has, very early on, been considered as a serious threat, and the governments, State administrations and civil society actors warned citizens and put in place measures to avoid its spread.

This unprecedented situation will demand a fine analysis based on human and social sciences, backed by first-hand data collected both during and after the crisis. The first stage, that IFRA is implementing now, is the collection of data that will then help these research topics to be studied.


IFRA has singled out different topics on which data could be collected:

  • Public policies against COVID-19 and reconfigurations of the State in Nigeria
  • Political economy and the transformation of Nigerian capitalism
  • Religious practices and the response of religious leaders to COVID-19
  • Transformation of urban spaces
  • Arts and artists facing coronavirus

However, researchers are welcome to suggest any topic of relevance (within social sciences and humanities) and on which they could easily and safely collect data.


  • The most relevant and original projects will receive a grant of 300 Euros maximum, depending on the number of projects (approximately 80,000 Naira).


  • Open to Researchers, PhD students and Master Students based in Nigerian universities;
  • Applicants must have already conducted extensive fieldwork and are familiar with research methodology in humanities and social sciences.


Applicants should send their CV, a 3-page data-collection project explaining:

  • What kind of data they intend to collect;
  • Why this data will be relevant to be used in further research, aiming at understanding the impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria;
  • How this data will be collected and stored;
  • The potential ethical challenges of the data collection.

The documents must be sent to [email protected] by May 17, 2020 with title “Applications for IFRA Funding for DATA COLLECTION on Covid-19 in Nigeria”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information, visit IFRA.