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Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship

Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues

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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.

Proposal development fellowships are intended to support doctoral students working on developing a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as students who recently completed a master’s degree and seek to enroll in a PhD program.

The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.  

Eligibility:

All applicants must:

  • be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country
  • residents of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • hold a master’s degree
  • be either enrolled in a PhD program, or intend to enroll in a PhD program

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

As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals. 

Thematic Priorities:

The project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows develop and strengthen research questions, match research methods to questions, engage key literature in their fields, and produce research publications.

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 seeking to shed light on a range of economic, political, and social 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 civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, and violence. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

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 disciplines. 

Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly publications. We anticipate awarding approximately 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.

Deadline

The next application deadline is 13 November, 2015. 

For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: nextgenafrica@ssrc.org.

This program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

 

Program Director
Thomas Asher
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