Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2021 (up to US$10,000)

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2021 (up to US$10,000)

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Applications are open for the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2021. 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 doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities through a stipend up to US$10,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows further develop their chapters and complete the writing of their doctoral dissertations. Facilitators at the workshops help strengthen the capacity of fellows for scholarly writing, including academic publications.

Thematic Priorities

The program features a thematic focus on peace, security, and development in order to renew basic research agendas and strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these issues. 

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. They envision supporting a diverse set of projects that shed light on a range of economic, political, social, conflict and peacebuilding processes using evidence-based research.

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country.
  • be enrolled and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • be in the final year of writing and have completed at least two doctoral dissertation chapters.
  • As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education in Africa, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals. 
  • Women are encouraged to apply.

Application

The next application deadline is February 1, 2021. Award decisions will be announced in May 2021.

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