Africa in Words supporting ‘Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa’:
Critical Perspectives in Peace, Security, and Development Issues
The program, currently in its second year, responds to a shortage of
well-trained faculty now reaching crisis proportions in African higher
education. The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program
offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and
increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South
Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Applications are now being accepted.
The program features three distinct competitive fellowship
opportunities for early-career social science faculty who hold
positions in accredited colleges and universities:
* Doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship: Supporting
short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral
* Doctoral dissertation research fellowship: Supporting 912
months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic
related to peace, security, and development.
* Doctoral dissertation completion fellowship: Supporting a
one-year leave from teaching responsibilities with a stipend of up to
US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances
research on peace, security, and development topics.
All applicants must be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African
country while holding a current faculty position at an accredited
college or university in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or
Uganda. Applicants for any of the funding opportunities offered
through this program must have a master’s degree and be working
toward completion of a doctoral degree. The program seeks to promote
diversity and encourages women to apply.
* To be eligible for the US$3,000 dissertation proposal
fellowship, applicants must be admitted to a PhD program by the start
date of the fellowship program and working to develop a dissertation
* To be eligible for the US$15,000 dissertation research
fellowship, applicants must have an approved dissertation proposal but
will not yet have undertaken substantial research (typically six or
* To be eligible for the US$15,000 dissertation completion
fellowship applicants must be in the final year of writing and will
have completed at least one chapter.
The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and
development topics. We envision supporting a diverse set of projects
grappling with a range of processes using evidence-based research.
Some, we hope, will examine large-scale phenomena and others
small-scale social processes, so that some applicants, for example,
might propose projects exploring global flows of refugees across
country borders and continents while others might look at street
theater in refugee camps. Similarly, some fellows might test the
proposition that global financial markets contribute to peace and
stability, while others might examine the role of local market culture
in unstable regions. Above all, projects should advance important
fields of study and social science knowledge.
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
All applications must be submitted using the online application
portal. The portal can be accessed at http://soap.ssrc.org/
We anticipate awarding as many as 45 fellowships in total each year.
The next application deadline is December 1, 2012.
For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online
application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation
Social Sciences in Africa Program: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Dr Catherine Burns W I S E R – The Wits Institute for Social and
Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand | Pbag 3, PO Wits,
Johannesburg, South Africa, 2050 | Tel: +27117174231 | Cell:
+27829236853 | Fax: 0867654213 | http://wiser.wits.ac.za