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Nordic Africa Institute Nordic Scholarships 2021 for Africa-oriented Studies

A 1-month stay at the Nordic Africa Institute in order to facilitate use of the Institute’s library collections on contemporary Africa, and to create links to existing research at the Institute. The scholarships are awarded once per year.

The aim of the scholarship programme is to offer a 1-month stay at the Nordic Africa Institute in order to facilitate use of the Institute’s library collections on contemporary Africa (books, periodicals, newspapers, and government publications), and to create links to existing research at the Institute.

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About Nordic Africa Institute

The Nordic Africa Institute conducts research and offers resources that help further understanding about contemporary Africa. We believe that research-based knowledge and analysis offer a solid base for informed decisions and contribute to the fulfilment of the global development agenda.


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Nordic Africa Institute Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Nordic Africa Institute Masters Scholarship

  1. The scholarship covers travelling expenses for the least expensive fare from residential address (in Sweden, Finland and Iceland) to Uppsala and return.
  2. The scholarship holders are provided with a desk and computer in a shared office at the Institute and free accommodation centrally located in Uppsala.
  3. The scholarship also includes a subsistence allowance of SEK 300 per day and free photocopying up to a maximum of 1,000 copies.

Please note: The scholarship does not include health care insurance or other insurances.

 In the extraordinary event that the scholarship programme does not receive full funding or cannot for other unforeseen reasons be implemented in 2021 applicants will be informed accordingly.


Requirements for Nordic Africa Institute Masters Scholarship Qualification

This scholarship programme is for:

  1. Master students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers pursuing Africa-oriented studies/research in Social Sciences and Humanities, and
  2. affiliated to universities and research centers in Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
  3. Africa-oriented journalists and writers within the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities in Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Selection Criteria: Applications are primarily evaluated based on the outline of the research project.


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Documents Required for Application

  1. Application form
  2. Up-to-date CV, including list of publications (if any).
  3. Outline of research project, 3-5 pages:
    – Objective of the research project: The research topic should be clearly identified and contextualized within its academic discipline.
    – Method and time frame: Describe how the research project will be accomplished, state the research method, data gathering techniques and time frame.
    – Theoretical explication: A brief indication of the theoretical basis of the research project must be included.
    – The applicant should clarify what part of the research project he/she will work upon during the stay at the Nordic Africa Institute.
  4. Reference: A signed letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor or head of department, which confirms current affiliation and field of research. (Scanned versions of signed support letters can be emailed by the applicant.)


Application Deadline

October 15, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Nordic Africa Institute on nai.uu.se to apply

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Persons currently or previously employed by or otherwise professionally affiliated with the Nordic Africa Institute are not eligible for scholarships. Kindly also note that the application and appendices must be in English.

For more details, visit Nordic Africa Institute website



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