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2019/2020 MIASA Fellowships (Junior/Senior) at the University of Ghana

The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. More specific topic areas under this umbrella prominently include sustainable democracy, conflict management and environmental transformation as well as migration, restitution, and human rights research. Ov... read more

In its third call for short-term fellowships, MIASA welcomes applications from excellent researchers to join the interdisciplinary fellow group (IFG) “The Governance of Energy Transitions in the Global South” from September to December 2020.

The IFG brings together a group of up to six fellows for a duration of four months. The group comprises both senior and junior researchers from Germany, Africa and the rest of the world. The group centers around a research question which necessitates the input of experts from different academic fields and backgrounds. The group will work on the joint topic by, among other activities, holding weekly colloquia and organizing a final workshop or conference. The group will be asked to produce working papers based on their work at MIASA. Members of the group will also be expected to contribute a guest lecture on a relevant postgraduate course.

MIASA is committed to inclusion and gender equality. It expressly welcomes applications from appropriately qualified disabled persons. The MIASA fellowship program aims for gender parity and is promoting affirmative action policies.

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Aim and Benefits

  1. The successful applicants will become MIASA Fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period.
  2. The fellows’ salary costs will be met by MIASA on the principle of “no loss, no gain” and paid directly to their home institution.
  3. MIASA will provide accommodation and reimburse travel costs.
  4.  Furthermore, all fellows will receive a monthly allowance of 400€. In addition, MIASA will provide a research cost contribution towards field work costs that fellows can apply for to support their research undertaken at MIASA (250 €/fellow month). 
  5. Fellows will be part of this community and profit from the lively research environment of the University of Ghana.

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Requirments for Scholarship PhD Qualification

  1. Eligible for application are junior and senior researchers from all countries after completion of their PhD (at the time of the application deadline) in a relevant discipline of the Humanities or the Social Sciences
  2. Junior scheme: completed PhD plus up to six years post-doctoral experience at the time of the application deadline (Time off for family or medical reasons or nonacademic professional activities is not counted towards these six years)
  3. Senior scheme: completed PhD plus a minimum of six years post-doctoral research experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position at the time of the application deadline.
  4. Applicants must propose a research project that matches the research focus of the IFG on “The Governance of Energy Transitions in the Global South”.
  5. Applicants must submit the complete application dossier by the specified deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Formatting rules have to be observed. Page limits may not be exceeded.
  6. The proposal must meet the standards of academic English in international research.

Interview date, Process and Venue

The selection of fellows is competitive and strictly merit-based. The all-important selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. The fit of the proposed project with the IFG and the required experience and capability to conduct the research project will equally be taken into account.

The selection process involves three steps:

  1. Eligibility check: In order to be eligible for application, candidates must fulfil all of the eligibility criteria listed in the eligibility section.
  2. Peer review by external experts: in the second stage, the eligible proposals are forwarded to external experts who evaluate the research project and the CV.
  3. Final selection by the international MIASA Academic Advisory Board.

Decisions about the fellowships will be announced by the end of March 2020.

The interdisciplinary fellow group will start on September 01, 2020.


It is recommended that researchers interested in this IFG should please contact the convenors of the group through in advance to preparing an application.

Required Documents for Application

The following materials (in English) are required to submit the application: Formatting: font Arial, 11 pt, line spacing 1.5, all margins 2.5 cm. Page limits may not be exceeded. All required documents should be in pdf format. Materials 1 – 4 are to be included in one pdf-file.

1. Cover page (max. 1 page).

  1. Title, name (last, first), e-mail address, link to webpage (optional)
  2. Date of doctorate (PhD defense)
  3. Current institution (Name of institution/city/country)
  4. Research field
  5. Project title
  6. The two most important reasons why the research project matches the research focus of the IFG on “Sustainable Energy Transitions in Africa”.

2. Project proposal (max. 6 pages). The compulsory structure of the project proposal is as follows:

  1. Research field, title and short abstract of the research project.
  2. Aims, theoretical framework and methodology of the project.
  3. Work plan and feasibility (time schedule and projected costs).
  4. Innovative potential, originality and relevance of the project.
  5. Added value of conducting research within the IFG on “Sustainable Energy Transitions in Africa” (both for the applicant and the local research community).
  6. Bibliographical references.

3. CV in tabular form (max. 2 pages).

4. Publication list (in the senior scheme: especially of the last ten years) highlighting the most important publications and the most important project-specific publications (max. 2 pages).

They do not accept applications submitted by email or surface mail.

Application Deadline

October 15, 2019 .

How to apply

Candidates apply exclusively through the online application portal. The completed application form together with the required documents has to be uploaded on the application webpage- and submitted by October 15, 2019; 24.00 h CET. After submission of the documents applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt providing contact details and including a copy of their submission

Interested and qualified? Go to The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) on to apply
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