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Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowships 2021/2022 for Sub-Saharan African Countries

Social Science Research Council is funding four types of fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

The programme, launched in June 2011, responds to a shortage of experienced faculty in African higher education. The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program provides fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculties in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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About Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. It fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues. The SSRC is guided by the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy all require better understanding of complex social, cultural, economic, and political processes. We work with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences, related professio... read more


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SSRC Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of SSRC Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

  1. The doctoral dissertation research fellowship supports research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.
  2. The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.
  3. The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.
  4. Post-doctoral Writing Fellowship supports up to six months of completing an article or book manuscript  through a stipend of up to US$3,000.

Requirements for SSRC Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Qualification

All candidates must:

  1. Be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country
  2. Hold a master’s degree
  3. Be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  4. Have an approved dissertation research proposal

Selection Criteria: Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner. All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines.

Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly publications. We anticipate awarding as many as 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.


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Application Deadline

February 1, 2021


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