Deadline: February 10, 2023
Applications are open for the African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Fellowships 2023. The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research fellowship applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions; or regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations based in Africa.
A core component of the APN, the Individual Research Fellowship (IRF) programme is a vehicle for enhancing the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research both regionally and globally, while making peacebuilding knowledge accessible to key policymakers, practitioners and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world.
Fellowship recipients produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding scholarship, policy, and practice on the continent. For its part, the APN works toward inserting the evidence-based knowledge that fellowship award recipients produce into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding. The programme also strives to build a highly visible and active network of African scholars and practitioners capable of projecting African perspectives and voices onto global discourses, knowledge and practices of peacebuilding.
Areas of Interest
Support is available for research and analysis on the following issues:
- Causes, drivers, actors, and trajectories of violent conflict;
- Natural resource conflict: community, national and regional dimensions
- Geopolitics and histories of conflict, conflict mediation and peace;
- Minorities, under-represented groups, and the social dynamics of conflict and peace;
- Climate Change, Energy Transitions, Conflict and Peace
- Religion and peace
- Resilience, conflict prevention and transformation;
- State and non-state armed actors, transnational crime, extremism, displacement and migration;
- Post-conflict elections, democratization, governance and development;
- State building, Nation building, Identities and the citizenship question;
- Transitional justice, reconciliation, and peace;
- The economic and financial dimensions of peace support operations and post-conflict reconstruction;
- Regional Economic Communities (RECs), regionalism and peace;
- UN-AU-REC Partnerships and Peacebuilding Architectures ;
- Digital media, technology, war and peace;
- Cultures, media, and art(s) of peace;
- Women, youth and peacebuilding;
- Water politics, conflict and peace;
- Theater, Music and Peace
- Human mobilities, insecurities and peace
- Peace Education and African Futures
- Prevention of mass atrocities; and
- Diseases, Politics and Peace
- Up to seventeen (17) individual fellowships of a maximum of $15,000 each will be awarded.
- 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 2013. Applicants who have not been awarded their PhDs by February 10, 2023 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 2018, with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.
Application requirements include:
- Completed Application Form
- Research Proposal & Bibliography
- Expected publication(s)
- Current CV
- Proposed Research Timeline
- Proposed Research Budget
- Two Reference Letters
- Language Evaluation(s) (if required)