Fellows & Grantees

Nkwachukwu Orji

African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2016
Project Title
Peacebuilding and Separatism in Nigeria: Democracy, Peace Settlement, and Biafran Separatism
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Institute for Development Studies


Nkwachukwu Orji holds a PhD in Political Science from Central European University, Budapest. He is presently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nigeria and an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of African Affairs, German Institute of Global and Areas Studies, Hamburg. He was previously a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria from 2000 to 2010. In 2012, he worked as the Programme Manager of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Abuja. Dr. Orji has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Institute of African Affairs, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg; Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Federalism, Fribourg; and Guest Researcher at the Nordic African Institute, Uppsala. He has served as an Election and Democratic Governance Expert for several organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Dr. Orji has authored several articles on elections, democratization, conflict, and peacebuilding. He is actively involved in several academic associations, including the International Political Science Association (IPSA), International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He is a 2016 recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network’s Individual Research Grant.