The Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) Program has launched a fellowship program with support from the Ford Foundation for Chinese scholars interested in conducting research on China’s engagement with the United Nations (UN) in and relating to African peace and security studies. Field research and research papers undertaken within the 24-month fellowship cycle would explore key issues under the theme of China, the United Nations, and the African Union in Making, Building and Sustaining Peace.
The China-Africa Peace Fellowship aims to strengthen the evidentiary basis for Chinese scholarship on the UN and in peace and security studies, foster greater South-South dialogue and promote knowledge exchange between African and Chinese scholars, and integrate African and Chinese perspective into key policy debates within the UN. The C-A Peace Fellowship is emblematic of the SSRC's longstanding commitment to enhance international research collaborations and to produce knowledge for the public good.
Our partners on this research fellowship include the University of Juba Peace, Development, and Conflict Studies (South Sudan), the University of Kinshasa (DRC) and the University of Botswana.
Eligibility and Timeline
Successful candidates must be advanced PhD candidates, recently graduated doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and/or junior faculty. They must be available to attend a Preparatory research methods and ethics training workshop and be able to conduct field research in Africa from a minimum of 1 month and up to 3 months. Based on the scholars’ research topics, the SSRC will place the scholars for a minimum of 1 month and up to 3 months with an existing African institution, and other academic, NGO or multilateral partners in Africa working on comparable issues.
Publication and Dissemination
Candidates will then develop their research papers for publication at a capstone workshop to be held in Fall 2018 and hosted by an African partner institution in the region. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to present their research to senior scholars and UN officials in New York and to Chinese research communities in Beijing. Completed papers will be submitted to journals for publication, or be published as part of a journal special issue or edited book in China.
To apply, please send required documents to the Understanding Violent Conflict Program (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications received by June 15, 2018 will receive priority consideration, but we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Early submissions are encouraged.