SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Fellowships 2023

Deadline: 10th of February, 2023

Launched in 2011, the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program addresses an issue that is starting to arise in higher education in the global South as a result of the excessive emphasis placed on growing undergraduate enrollment without commensurate investment in faculty development, which limits universities’ capacity to produce the next generation of researchers, faculty, technocrats, and leaders.

Currently, the programme works to improve tertiary education in Africa by providing a series of fellowship options for bright PhD candidates to do research and advance steadily toward earning the doctoral degree, as well as one post-doctoral fellowship:

The program also offers activities that nurture the intellectual development of its fellows by connecting them to one another to create a pipeline for the development of faculty and research communities working on peace, security, and development topics across the continent.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • be enrolled and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • be in the final year of writing and have completed at least two doctoral dissertation chapters


  • Currently, the program supports doctoral candidates enrolled in universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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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