Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2023 (up to $3,000)

Deadline: February 10, 2022

In Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, the Social Scientific Research Council offers fellowships to encourage the completion of doctoral degrees and to advance next-generation social science research. The fellowships fund dissertation research on issues related to development, security, and peace.

PhD candidates working on a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as recent master’s graduates looking to enrol in a PhD programme are both supported by doctoral dissertation proposal grants. Additionally, this programme includes two workshops per year that are intended to build networks among fellows, assist fellows in strengthening, developing, and refining their research questions, match research methodologies to these questions, engage with relevant literature in their fields, and complete their doctoral research proposals.


  • The fellowships support short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country.
  • be enrolled, or intend to enroll by the time of the award, and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • hold a master’s degree at the time of application.

As of May 2015, the programme prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education in Africa, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals. The programme seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Thematic Priorities

The programme 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.

The programme encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, broadly conceived, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. They envision supporting a diverse set of projects seeking to shed light on a range of economic, political, social, conflict and peacebuilding processes using evidence-based research.


All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

  • Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to 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 two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty engage in scholarly reflections, research and writing. They anticipate awarding up to 45 fellowships in total across all three categories each year.

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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