Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council

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$15,000 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.

Eligibility:

All applicants must:

  • be citizens of, or residents 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.

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

Thematic Priorities: 

The program features a thematic focus on peacesecurity, 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. We 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.

Some projects, we hope, will examine large-scale phenomena and others small-scale social processes. The strongest projects typically will explore connections across these scales. Some research projects will rigorously explore elements of governance, civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms/institutions and processes, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, emerging trajectories and forms of conflict, insecurities, and human mobilities. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

For additional information on previously supported projects, please visit our fellows’ pages.

Please see the following list of prospective issues that are considered relevant to Next Gen fellowships:

  • Causes and drivers of conflict
  • Institutional and local approaches to conflict prevention, management and resolution
  • National and Regional approaches to peace, security and development
  • Identity and conflict
  • Gender, youth, conflict, peace and security
  • Conflict, peace and human mobilities
  • Histories, Arts and Cultures of conflict and peace
  • State-Society relations
  • Economic and Humanitarian perspectives to conflict and peace
  • Democracy, human rights and development
  • Post-conflict development, reconstruction and reconciliation
  • Law, peace agreements and transitional justice
  • International justice and war crimes
  • Law and constitutionalism
  • Natural resource governance and development
  • Climate Change, conflict, peace and security
  • Globalization and emerging insecurities
  • Peace education
  • Media, conflict, peace and security

Application Process:

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner. All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science and related disciplines.

Fellows must be willing to attend at least one workshop sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly engage in scholarly reflections, writing and publications. We anticipate awarding up to 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.

Deadline: 

The next application deadline is 15 December, 2018.

Award decisions will be announced in late Spring 2019.  Additional information on eligibility, the application process, and award details can be found in our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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