Type of Funding
The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship in Peace, Security and Development for 2017 is offered by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to early career social science faculty in sub-Saharan Africa, to help them complete their doctoral degrees. The research topics that they are working on would be on peace, security, and development.
The SSRC offers 3 distinct competitive fellowships: 1) the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2) the Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship and 3) the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Up to 45 fellowships in total will be awarded each year.
The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship program currently operates in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal. The doctoral dissertation research fellowship supports 9 to 12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000. The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a 1-year leave from teaching responsibilities with a stipend of up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation.
This program also offers 2 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.
All applicants must be citizens and residents of sub-Saharan African countries who are enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited college or university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda, and have to work on a topic related to peace, security and development. They must be in possession of a Masters degree. Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship could be those intending to enroll in a PhD program.
Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship could be doctoral students working on developing a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as students who recently completed a Masters degree and seeking to enroll in a PhD program. Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship must have an approved dissertation proposal. Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship must have in the final year of writing and have completed at least 1 chapter of their dissertation and be able to complete their dissertations in the fellowship period of 1 year.
The program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a sustained commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals. Women are encouraged to apply.
Applications are to be done online by 18 November 2016.