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CAACOR 2020 Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship

The Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR) in Partnership with CIPIT at Strathmore University, WISER at The University of Witwatersrand and CLET at Makerere University invite applications for the inaugural Digital Identity and National Security Fellowship.

The purpose of the fellowship is to build intellectual capital and contribute to the understanding of the relationship between Digital Identity, national security and surveillance on the continent. Fellows are expected to investigate one or more of the following thematic areas;

  1. How can digital identity policymakers in Africa balance legitimate national
    security interests with consideration for risks to individual privacy and human rights?
  2. What is the impact of digitization of African economies on inclusion of
    marginalized groups, including displaced individuals and refugees?
  3. Which multi-stakeholder engagements and interdisciplinary approaches can be deployed to create Africa-specific evidence bases on digitization and conflict research in Africa?

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About Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR)

The Centre for African Affairs & Conflict Research (CAACOR) is an independent, non-governmental African think tank based in Nairobi and whose purpose is to encourage a wider and more informed awareness of the importance of Africa within the context of international affairs. It is an organization set up by African scholars and practitioners to address issues affecting Africa. It has been created in response to the growing need to develop the culture of public expression of opinion, consultation and participation of Africans in the issues that affect them. CAACOR believes it is the respo... read more


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CAACOR Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of CAACOR Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship

Fellows will;

  1. Receive a modest stipend to support research costs for the duration of the fellowship as well as costs for attending a virtual workshop at the end of the research period
  2. Attend a virtual orientation to prepare for research on the 15th of July 2020
  3. Submit an informal mid-term report by the 30th of September 2020
  4. Present at a virtual conference held at the conclusion of the research 24th of November 2020
  5. Submit a final project paper on the 30th November 2020
  6. Complete all assignments and participate in all fellowship events

Requirements for CAACOR Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship Qualification

  1. To be eligible, applicants must be registered graduate students at Strathmore University, Makerere University or the University of Witwatersrand, with priority given to graduate students with existing research on technology use in Africa.
  2. Interested applicants from African universities outside the participating institutions are welcome to apply if referred by faculty or staff from participating research institutions.
  3. Candidates form Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the Sahel Region are encouraged to apply.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for CAACOR Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship

All applications will be carefully considered by a selection committee and successful applicants contacted by the 6 th of July 2020.


Application Deadline

June 30, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR) on docs.google.com to apply
  • CAACOR, CIPIT, CLET and WISER invite applicants to complete this online application form.
  • Answers should be as clear and detailed as possible. Applications should be submitted with a resume indicating all experience relevant to the fellowship and a statement of purpose attached.
  • Applicants should submit a 250-500 word abstract of the intended area of research and two letters of recommendation to [email protected] copying [email protected]. (The letters of recommendation should be from persons in a position to affirm the value of the fellowship in the context of the Applicants academic work and interests; and at least one of the referees should be a faculty member of the Applicants University, preferably an advisor if the Applicant has one)

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