The Social Science Research Council (SSRC)’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) is inviting senior African scholars and researchers working in African universities, training centres, and policy organisations to take part in its Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship 2024/25.
The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship is an initiative and key complement to the field-based and networking components of the APN’s programming. The goal of these projects is to collaborate on research projects that will help shape the continent’s conflict and peacebuilding policies and practices.
To be eligible for the APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be scholars or practitioners based in Africa and the lead investigator must be of the rank of a full professor and based in an African university (and hold a PhD)
- The competition will be open to joint researcher-practitioner teams (of six members) made up of Africans based at or affiliated with universities; regional organizations; government agencies; or nongovernmental, media, or civil society organizations located in at least three countries on the continent
- While the lead investigator must be a professor and have a PhD, other members of the research group may be early- and mid-career scholars, or practitioners, who are expected to hold at least a master’s degree with two or more years of work experience
- It is expected that teams reflect diversity as much as possible, and include individuals from a range of professional, institutional, national, regional, disciplinary, gender, and generational backgrounds and experiences
- The project should also leverage strong mentoring relationships between senior and junior members of the team, while encouraging both scholarly and practitioner participation as well as engagement with universities and regional practitioner/policy institutions
- Team members, either individually or jointly, are also strongly encouraged to contribute to the APN’s publication series, digital forum Kujenga Amani, and social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter).
The university-based lead investigator of the collaborative research working group, who must also be a full professor with a strong research background in African peace, security and development studies, should submit an application on behalf of the group through the SSRC’s Open Water Application Portal. Required application materials include the following:
- Completed Application Form
- Lead Investigator’s CV
- Research Proposal & Bibliography
- Proposed Research Timeline
- Proposed Research Budget
- List of All Team Members, including their names, affiliations, professional backgrounds, and highest degree levels attained
- Two Reference Letters
- Language evaluation(s) (if required)
All applications must be uploaded through the dedicated online portal and must be submitted in English, with the exception of reference letters, which much be accompanied by an English translation if not originally written in English.
If you have any questions, please contact APN staff at email@example.com.