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SSRC 2022 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council offers 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 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. It will enable the recipient to buy time off from teaching and administrative duties to focus exclusively on finalizing an article for a peer-reviewed journal or completing a book manuscript based on a Next Gen-supported doctoral dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development. This fellowship is exclusively available for Next Gen alumni.

The program features a thematic focus on peace, security, and development in order to renew basic research agendas and strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these issues.

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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 Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of SSRC Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowship

  • The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as a part of its Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa, supports up to six months of completing an article or book manuscript through a stipend of up to US$3,000.
  • It will enable the recipient to buy time off from teaching and administrative duties to focus exclusively on finalizing an article for a peer-reviewed journal or completing a book manuscript based on a Next Gen-supported doctoral dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development.

Requirements for SSRC Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowship Qualification

All applicants must:

  • Be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • Hold a doctorate degree from an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • Be a past recipient of at least one Next Generation Social Sciences Doctoral Dissertation fellowship
  • Be prepared to take no less than three-month leave away from routine teaching and administrative duties in current role
  • Affiliated to an academic department in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda at the of award

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Interview date, Process and Venue for SSRC Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowship

Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the writing project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that activities that applicants will undertake    during 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 and related disciplines.

Fellows must be willing to attend one workshop sponsored by the SSRC each year that is intended to help early-career faculty engage in scholarly reflections, research and writing. We anticipate awarding up to 43 fellowships in total across all categories each year.


Application Deadline

February 1, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on ssrc.secure-platform.com to apply

For more details,visit SSRC website



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