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African Guest Researchers’ program at Nordic Africa Institute, 2019

The Nordic Africa Institute is offering Guest Researchers’ funding for African scholars to pursue their own research projects at NAI – Africa. The purpose of the African Guest Researchers’ programme is to provide opportunities for Africa-based researchers with a Ph.D. to work and develop their ongoing research at the Nordic Africa Institute.

The award includes a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 400 SEK (approx. 45 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approx. 280 USD) and access to a workspace (including computer) in a shared office at the Institute.

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Nordic Africa Institute serves as a research, documentation and information center on modern Africa for the Nordic countries. The Institute also encourages research and studies on Africa.

Study Subject(s): support will be awarded in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Course Level: award is available for scholars to pursue their own research projects at NAI – Africa.
Programme Provider: The Nordic Africa Institute
The award can be taken at Africa (Nordic Africa Institute)

Eligibility: The programme is directed at postdoctoral researchers based in Africa and engaged in Africa-oriented research within the disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities. The applicant should be affiliated to an African university/research center and have a proven track record of extensive research experience.

Open for International Students: Nordic Africa InstituteAfrican scholars (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this application programme.

Description: One of the Nordic Africa Institute’s Strategic goals is to contribute to building capacity in the production of knowledge about Africa. The scholarship offers access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment.  Through the programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can promote and establish relations with and between African and Nordic research communities.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days. To be entitled to a refund of the travel costs, the Guest Researcher has to stay for at least two months

What does it cover? The award includes a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 400 SEK (approx. 45 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approx. 280 USD) and access to a workspace (including computer) in a shared office at the Institute.

  • The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days, the minimum is 60 days. Please note that the subsistence allowance will be provided only for the days spent in Uppsala. Also note that most academic institutions in the Nordic countries, including the Nordic Africa Institute, are closed or at least running at a reduced capacity during the periods 15 June–15 August and 15 December–15 January. Applicants can thus not choose these periods for their visit.
  • The Institute’s library is specialized in the literature on contemporary Africa and focuses on Social Sciences. Furthermore, Guest Researchers have access to the Uppsala University Library and to the Library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Guest Researchers have the possibility to present their research at the Nordic Africa Institute and to visit other institutions in the Nordic countries.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

Application Procedure: The application should contain

  • Application form
  • An up-to-date CV, including a list of publications (if available online, including links)
  • Outline of the research project, 5 pages:
    – A well-elaborated research proposal; the research topic must relate to the thematic research areas of the Institute as outlined in the Strategy 2017 – 2021,
    – A work plan, including expected results, specific for the time spent at the Institute
  • Reference: A signed letter of support from the applicant’s Head of Department or other senior scholars in the same field, which confirms current affiliation and field of research. (Scanned versions of signed support letters can be emailed by the applicant).
  • Note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Persons currently or previously employed by or otherwise professionally affiliated with the Nordic Africa Institute are not eligible for programmes . Also, note that the application must be in English. In the extraordinary event that the program for 2020 does not receive full funding, applicants will be informed immediately.

How to Apply:  To participate in this application , applicants must download the application form and submit with all supporting documents by e-mail to [email protected]

Application Deadline: The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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