African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2024

Deadline: 11th of February, 2023

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research fellowship applications from African scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions, or from regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations based in Africa.

Key policymakers, practitioners, and research centers of excellence in Africa and worldwide can access peacebuilding knowledge through the Individual Research Fellowship (IRF) program, a fundamental part of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN). It also serves as a vehicle for improving the caliber and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research on a regional and global scale. Recipients of fellowships provide evidence-based information that is pertinent to and has a major influence on academia, policy, and practice related to peacebuilding on the continent. As for the APN, it strives to incorporate the evidence-based information that beneficiaries of fellowship awards generate into peacebuilding-related regional and international discussions, practices, and policies.


  • All applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country. This competition is open to African academics as well as policy analysts and practitioners.
  • Applicants who are academics must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization and have a PhD obtained no earlier than January 2014. Applicants who have not been awarded their PhDs by February 11, 2024, will not have their cases prioritized to be eligible as academics.
  • Applicants who are policy analysts or practitioners must be based in Africa at a regional or sub-regional institution; a government agency; or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization, and have at least a master’s degree obtained before January 2019 with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.


  • Completed Application Form
  • Research Proposal and Bibliography
  • Expected publication(s)
  • Current CV
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Language Evaluation(s) (if required)


All applications must be uploaded through our online Open Water portal.

Click here to apply

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