The African Peace building Network of the Social Science Research Council is offering residential postdoctoral fellowships for African academics and researchers who work on conflict and peacebuilding and are based in universities in Africa. Fellows are expected to spend two months at a university or research center in Africa located outside the fellow’s home country and a third month at either a university or a policy or practitioner institution in the United States. Selected fellows will produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent. The application deadline is December 14th 2014.
Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded to work on conflict and peacebuilding. Support is available for research and analysis on issues such as the following:
-Root causes of conflict and conflict prevention, mediation, management, resolution, and transformation
-Environmental change and 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 human rights
-Economic and financial dimensions of conflict, peacekeeping, and peace support operations
-Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR)
-Security sector reform (SSR)
-Media, civil society, and peace
-Peace partnerships involving the UN, the AU, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and civil society
-Gender and peacebuilding
-International justice and post-conflict peace
Course Level: Fellowship supports young postdoctoral scholars to complete ongoing research projects.
Scholarship Provider: The African Peace building Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Award can be taken at: Africa (to spend two months at a university or research center in Africa located outside the fellow’s home country) and USA (at either a university or a policy or practitioner institution in the United States).
–Applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country. Researchers based in conflict-affected African countries or those recently emerging from conflict are especially encouraged to apply.
-Applicants must hold a faculty or research position at an African university and have completed their PhD within seven years of the application deadline.
Open for International Students: Fellowships are open for 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) currently residing in an African country.
Description: The residential postdoctoral fellowship is directed toward African PhDs based in African universities who are in the early postdoctoral phase of their scholarly careers. It is meant to help young post-doctoral scholars complete ongoing research projects specifically focusing on an area of African peacebuilding. Selected fellows will produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent. Specfically, the fellowship program aims to encourage young academics to expand their research beyond their PhD; deepen the engagement of early-career academics with scholarly and policy discussions on peacebuilding, both in Africa and other parts of the world; and further develop and apply academics’ capacity for independent research that is relevant to a range of disciplines and broader networks within and outside of Africa.
Number of award(s): Up to four individual fellowships are awarded.
Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support three months of residency in Africa and the United States, from September 2015 through December 2015. Fellows are expected to spend two months at a university or research center in Africa located outside the fellow’s home country, and a third month at either a university or a policy or practitioner institution in the United States.
What does it cover? Maximum of $20,000 will be granted to students. APN postdoctoral fellowships cover residential costs, institutional support, equipment, books and articles, research-related travel, conference costs and related travel, project completion and editorial support.
Selection Criteria: APN residential postdoctoral fellowship applications are reviewed by a selection committee drawn from the APN Advisory Board, and 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 applicants will be informed about the outcome of the competition by April 2015.
How to Apply: All applications must be uploaded through online portal.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 14th 2014.