Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR) Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship 2020

Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR) Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship 2020

Deadline: June 30, 2020

The Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR) in partnership with CIPIT at Strathmore University, WISER at The University of Witwatersrand and CLET at Makerere University invite applications for the inaugural Digital Identity and National Security Fellowship.

The purpose of the fellowship is to build intellectual capital and contribute to the understanding of the relationship between Digital Identity, national security and surveillance on the continent.

Fellows are expected to investigate one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • How can digital identity policymakers in Africa balance legitimate national security interests with consideration for risks to individual privacy and human rights?
  • What is the impact of digitization of African economies on inclusion of marginalized groups, including displaced individuals and refugees?
  • Which multi-stakeholder engagements and interdisciplinary approaches can be deployed to create Africa-specific evidence bases on digitization and conflict research in Africa?


Fellows will:

  • Receive a modest stipend to support research costs for the duration of the fellowship as well as costs for attending a virtual workshop at the end of the research period;
  • Attend a virtual orientation to prepare for research on July 15, 2020;
  • Submit an informal mid-term report by September 30, 2020;
  • Present at a virtual conference held at the conclusion of the research on November 24, 2020;
  • Submit a final project paper on November 30, 2020;
  • Complete all assignments and participate in all fellowship events.


  • Applicants must be registered graduate students at Strathmore University, Makerere University or the University of Witwatersrand, with priority given to graduate students with existing research on technology use in Africa.
  • Interested applicants from African universities outside the participating institutions are welcome to apply if referred by faculty or staff from participating research institutions. If you would like to be referred by faculty or staff from participating research institutions, please send an email to [email protected] copying [email protected]
  • Candidates from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the Sahel Region are encouraged to apply.


  • Applications should be submitted with a resume indicating all experience relevant to the fellowship and a statement of purpose attached.
  • Applicants should submit a 250-500 word abstract of the intended area of research and two letters of recommendation to [email protected] copying [email protected] (The letters of recommendation should be from persons in a position to affirm the value of the fellowship in the context of the Applicants academic work and interests; and at least one of the referees should be a faculty member of the Applicants University, preferably an advisor if the Applicant has one).

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For more information, visit CAACOR Fellowship.