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African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Grants in Africa, 2016

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is offering research grants for African researchers, policy analysts and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues. Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2016 to December 2016. Up to fifteen (15) individual grants of a maximum of $15,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is January 20, 2017.

Study Subject(s): Grants are available to work on conflict and peacebuilding. Support is available for research and analysis on issues such as the following: Root causes of conflict, conflict prevention and transformation; State and non-state armed actors, extremism and emerging trajectories of conflict; Post-conflict elections, democratization, and governance; The relationship between peacebuilding and state building, including state-society relations and state reconstruction; Transitional justice, reconciliation and peace; Economic and financial dimensions of conflict, peacekeeping and peace support operations; UN-AU-REC Peace Support Operations; Digital media, technology and peace; Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and peacebuilding; Gender and peacebuilding; Transnational crime and violent conflict and Cultural dimensions of peace.
Course Level: Grants are awarded for conducting research.
Scholarship Provider: The African Peace building Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Scholarship can be taken at: Africa

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-All applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country and either an academic or a policy analyst or practitioner. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Academic applicants must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization and have a PhD obtained after January 2000.
-Policy analysts and practitioner applicants must be based in Africa at a regional or subregional institution, a government agency, or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization and have at least a Master’s degree obtained before January 2011, with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.

Scholarship Open for International Students: African citizens (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) can apply for theses research grants.

Scholarship Description: The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions or regional governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Africa. A core component of the APN, the research grants program 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 and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world. Grant recipients will produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent. For its part, the APN will work toward inserting the evidence-based knowledge that this group produces into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding.

Number of award(s): Up to fifteen (15) APN research grants may be offered in a given year.

Duration of award(s): Grants are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2016 to December 2016.

What does it cover? APN research grant awards vary depending on the research activities supported but will not exceed $15,000 for individual research projects. APN research grants cover necessary equipment (within reason), books and articles, research/fieldwork-related travel, conference costs and related travel, project design and development support, and editorial and professional/institutional support.

Selection Criteria: Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis. APN research grant applications are reviewed by a selection committee drawn from the APN Advisory Board. Grants are awarded based on established peer-review procedures and standards. The APN Advisory Board is made up of internationally distinguished scholars, policymakers, and practitioners.

Notification: All nominees and waitlisted candidates will be informed about their outcome by no later than May 2016.

How to Apply: All applications must be uploaded through online portal. All applicants will be required to submit the following:
-Completed application form
-Completed proposal & bibliography
-Two reference letters
-Language evaluation(s) (if required)
-Updated CV

Online Application

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is  January 20, 2017.

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