The Social Science Research Council hosted a group of King's College Peace and Security Fellowsas part of the SSRC's partnership with King's College London's African Leadership Centre, the University of Nairobi and the International Peace Institute (IPI). The SSRC has been hosting the King's College Fellows for a day in New York annually for the past decade. The Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars seeks to nurture junior African Scholars, specifically women, interested in pursuing a career in peace and security and to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve this.
The fellows' visit to the SSRC introduced the group to SSRC programming, 95-year legacy of running international research fellowships, and its extensive Africa portfolio. The fellows were welcomed by the Understanding Violent Conflict Program and sessions included talks and workshops from the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, the International Dissertation Fellowship program, members of the SSRC's Digital Communications team, the African Peacebuilding Network, the Media and Democracy Program and the SSRC's newest line of work, the Social Data Initiative.