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AROCSA PhD Fellowship Program 2021 for African Scholars

The Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) with the support of Ford Foundation, has established the PhD Fellowship Program in Africa.

As part of the program, selected PhD scholars who have successfully defended their research proposals will be provided research grants to cover the cost of their research i.e. fieldwork, data collection, data processing, and the printing of their final dissertations.

The research grant is targeted at encouraging the production and dissemination of knowledge by African scholars in the fields of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies in line with AROCSA’s mission to promote and advance a community of excellence in research and practice on civil society in the service of African development.

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About Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA)

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) is a membership-based organisation that seeks to create a platform for meaningful engagement of civil society stakeholders, with the goal of knowledge generation on, and dissemination to civil society by African scholars and practitioners, reflecting global excellence standards and propelling development on the continent. AROCSA was set up with funding from the Ford Foundation West Africa, and mentorship from the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). We are a Pan-African platfor... read more


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AROCSA Ph.D Fellowship Program


Aim and Benefits of AROCSA Ph.D Fellowship Program

  1. Successful applicants will be expected to present papers on their research at AROCSA’s next annual conference scheduled to hold in August 2021 where they will formally be inducted as AROCSA fellows. Their completed theses will also be hosted on the AROCSA website as an open source document to benefit other researchers and the general public.
  2. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to US$3,500.

Requirements for AROCSA Ph.D Fellowship Program Qualification

  1. AROCSA is accepting proposals from African scholars currently registered as full time PhD students with a university in Africa.
  2. Applicants’ theses should focus on nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship and voluntary action studies.
  3. Applicants should have already defended their research proposals at the time of application to be considered eligible.

Selection Criteria: Grants are awarded based on merit. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Potential quality and impact of proposed research.
  2. Alignment with the thematic research areas of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies

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Documents Required for Application

  1. Proof of registration with a university in Africa
  2. Copy of Approved Research proposal
  3. Letter of motivation from the applicant
  4. Letter of support from supervisor


Application Deadline

November 13, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) on arocsa.org to apply

Applicants are required to apply for the PhD Workshop through the electronic application on the AROCSA website. Applications must include the following documents as listed above.

Please compile all items listed above into a single PDF document before submission. All original documents created for submission should be presented as double spaced, 12pt font with one inch margins.

Please note that all items listed above are compulsory and incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more details, visit AROCSA website



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