Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Fellowship Program 2021-2022 (Stipend available)

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Fellowship Program 2021-2022 (Stipend available)

Deadline: On Rolling Basis

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is now accepting fellowship applications for 2021-2022. CDD’s fellowship program aims to bring together people working in areas related to democracy and development from across a broad range of disciplines.

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) commits to leveraging its profile and resources in West Africa and internationally to advance CDD fellows’ research and reputation.

CDD will award two types of fellowships:

  • Residential Fellowships, including:
    • Six-month,
    • One-year fellowships, including two named and fully funded fellowships.
  • Non-residential fellowships, which are typically long-term (longer than a year)


  • CDD will award a modest stipend to a small number of applicants, specifically those who can demonstrate financial need. The stipends may vary depending on the length of the program.


  • Open to PhD students or post-doctoral scholars whose research is relevant to CDD’s thematic areas.
  • They are not accepting applications from Nigerian citizens or Nigerian dual citizens for the residential fellowships. Nigerians and Nigerian dual citizens are welcome to apply for non-residential fellowships.
  • They encourage women, West Africans, and Africans studying in West Africa to apply.
  • Proficiency in English is required, proficiency in French is a strong plus.


Applicants should prepare the following documents:

  • A resume or C.V.
  • A personal statement not more than 1000 words long that responds to the following:
    • What is the project you propose to implement?
      • This should address the problems the project seeks to solve, the methods you might employ, and the beneficiaries of your research project.
    • How is CDD uniquely positioned to facilitate your project?
      • They are looking for broad indications here. For example, CDD’s work on politics and technology is emergent, although they are keen to take fellows in this area.
  • How does your personal background inform and influence your research?
  • A copy of a relevant publication
  • Indicate whether you are applying for funding or not. If you are, append any information demonstrating your need to the application.
  • The email subject line should be formatted as “fellowship application for [indicate length of fellowship] starting [indicate preferred date: mm/yyyy]”

Send the application documents via email to [email protected]

For more information, visit Centre for Democracy and Development.