Megatrends Afrika Fellowships 2024

 Deadline: 10th of March 2024, 11:59 p.m. CET.

The Megatrends Afrika Fellowships for 2024 are now accepting applications.Three scholarships are being given to African researchers by the Megatrends Afrika initiative. The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) in Bonn, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin together to create Megatrends Afrika. The initiative advises policymakers on matters of policy while doing multidisciplinary research on Africa. Its three main areas of study are: (i) violent actors and the evolving character of conflict; (ii) megatrends’ influence on autocratization and democracy; and (iii) global power dynamics and multipolarity.

The Fellowship

Fellows will conduct a research project independently or, if suitable, in collaboration with project team members or other IDOS, IfW and SWP colleagues – and contribute one paper to the project’s publication series. All fellows are expected to participate in project meetings, events and other relevant activities of their host institution during their stay.

Fellowships will be granted for a period of two to three months between 2 May and 30 November 2024, full-time. For the duration of the fellowship, fellows will reside in the city of their host institution, i.e., in Berlin (SWP), Bonn (IDOS) or Kiel (IfW). Fellows will receive a monthly grant of € 2,800 as well as an economy-class return trip between the fellow’s place of residence and Germany. At IDOS, the honorarium will be calculated based on the IDOS fee schedule.

Fellows are selected and placed in line with the research agendas of the host institutes. Fellows who require a visa to enter Germany will be provided with a letter of support.


  • Preferably completed PhD in political science, economics, social sciences, geography, international relations, or relevant area studies;
  • Originating from an African country
  • Strong research and publication track record in areas of relevance to the Megatrends Afrika project
  • Experience in scientific policy advice is an advantage

Research Topics 2024:

We are particularly interested in proposals pertaining to the following topics:

  • Conflicts and armed violence in the Sahel: Links between climate change, resource/ land use conflicts and armed violence;
  • Local perceptions of foreign intervention in conflict states, including remote warfare and hybrid warfare and their implications for state legitimacy;
  • Demographic change or gender: Effects of demographic change on political attitudes and participation, the role of women and gender orders in politics or social movements;
  • Democratization and autocratization: domestic and external factors of influence;
  • Africa’s international relations in a new world order, includingSouth-South relations, engagement in multilateral or minilateral fora (e.g., the UN, G20, BRICS);
  • Dynamics of regional Integration in Africa and cooperation with external partners: including the AfCFTA;
  • The nexus between domestic politics and foreign policy


  • Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document and must contain a one-page letter of motivation, an academic CV including a list of academic publications, a sample of 2 recent publications, copies of relevant academic transcripts and/or diplomas (no translations needed), a written concept note containing the description of the applicant’s project.
  • The concept note should not exceed 2,000 words and include a discussion of the project/research topic, its academic and policy relevance, feasibility and theoretical and methodological grounding.
  • The scope and ambition of the project should be appropriate for a publication (a Megatrends policy brief or working paper) that will be finalized by the end of the fellowship.

The deadline for fellowship applications is 10 March 2024, 11:59 p.m. CET. Please send your application by email to Megatrends-Afrika@swp-berlin.org. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

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