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Doctoral research and dissertation fellowships - SSRC

August 8, 2012

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Supporting the next generation of African academics working on peace, security and development issues The program, launched in June 2011, 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. The program assists fellows to develop research opportunities and skills, obtain doctoral degrees, and participate in robust research communities. Toward this end, the project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, this project complements foundation initiatives to develop and strengthen the next generation of African scholars. The program features three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty who hold positions in accredited colleges and universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda: Doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship: Supporting short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal. Doctoral dissertation research fellowship: Supporting 9-12 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. The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics. This theme is intended to be interpreted broadly and creatively. 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. We strongly encourage applicants to explain how their work aligns with the program's thematic priorities and demonstrate their capacity to contribute to a network advancing innovative research on peace, security and development. Applicants therefore should submit a project proposal that has been written specifically for this fellowship competition, rather than simply submit the approved research proposal that they developed for their university. The project proposal for this competition offers applicants an opportunity to further hone their approach to their dissertation topic. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows master research methodologies, engage key literature in their fields, and produce scholarly publications. The Next Generation African Social Sciences program will support approximately 45 fellows each year across all three fellowship opportunities. All applications must be submitted using the online application portal. 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:>