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ESRC workshop on writing research proposals for fellowships and grants

August 4, 2015


An ESRC Workshop on Writing Research Proposals for Fellowships and Grants will be held at Adeyemi Federal University of Education on 23-24 September. Led by UK- and Nigeria based academics, the workshop is aimed at postgraduate students and junior academic staff whose PhDs were obtained within the last five years in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of Ibadan and Adeyemi Federal University of Education. The workshop will support scholars from those institutions who want to prepare successful research proposals for fellowships and grants available to early career scholars in Nigeria or internationally (e.g. CODESRIA, Cadbury, Leventis, African Studies Centre, Leiden Visiting Fellowship, AHP (ACLS), SSRC, ESRC, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, etc).

The workshop is sponsored by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), theDepartment of African Studies and Anthropology (University of Birmingham, UK) and the
Department of History (Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Nigeria). As part of the workshop is based on one-to-one work on a draft research proposal, places will be limited to 20 participants.

The organisers will provide food and refreshment during the workshop. In addition, successful applicants from Adeyemi Federal University of Education will receive a one-off payment of #10,000 while those from the University of Ibadan will receive a one-off payment of #20,000 to cover travel, overnight costs and additional feeding and expenses. All participants will also receive access to a selection of texts that comment or reflect on
important aspects of research proposal writing.

The workshop will focus on the following themes:

• Why is writing research proposals an important academic activity?
• Information on available grants and fellowships
• Elements of a successful research proposal
• Finding a host outside of Nigeria
• Hands-on work on an existing research proposal

Application Details

Eligibility: Scholars of all nationalities who are currently pursuing a PhD or those who completed their PhDs less than five years ago. All applicants must either be PhD students or currently employed by the University of Ibadan or Adeyemi Federal University of Education.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 28 August 2015

In order to qualify for the workshop, scholars are invited to send in the following documents:

• A short (2 pages max) CV including their name, gender, academic career and
position at their current institution.
• A completed research proposal for submission either to a Nigerian or an international
body, using the required grant template. (For international schemes, these are
usually found online.)
• Abstract of applicant’s PhD thesis or a progress report for any applicant currently
pursuing his or her PhD

Selection criteria: The primary selection criterion is the quality of the draft research
proposal or PhD abstract submitted, but assessors will also be looking to see who might
benefit the most from the workshops.

Please send applications by e mail attachment to:;

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