African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Fellowships 2023 – APPLY NOW

Are you an African scholar, researcher, policy analyst, and practitioner working on conflict and peacebuilding issues? If yes, you’re invited to the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Fellowships 2023. The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) is a household name in the area of conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Africa.

African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Fellowships

Supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) invites African scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners to embark on a journey of knowledge creation and transformation through its Individual Research Fellowships (IRF) program.

APN Individual Research Fellowships Program – Details

The Individual Research Fellowship (IRF) program empowers African voices to contribute to peacebuilding knowledge. The program serves as a vehicle for enhancing the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research, both regionally and globally.

IRF has a noble goal of 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 has a significant impact on peacebuilding scholarship, policy, and practice on the continent.

About the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is a distinguished, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. SSRC plays a pivotal role in fostering innovative research and nurturing new generations of social scientists.

Benefits of APN Individual Research Fellowships

Participants of the APN Individual Research Fellowships program will receive the following benefits:

  • Financial Support: These fellowships are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2024 to December 2024. Up to seventeen individual fellowships of a maximum of $15,000 each will be awarded.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply, reflecting the commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • All IRF fellows must attend two mandatory workshops organized by the APN. Through these workshops, they will get to refine research designs, present findings, explore ways to make their work more accessible through publications, and provide a platform for networking and building constructive relationships with peers and facilitators.

Eligibility Requirements for APN Individual Research Fellowships

  • Prospective Candidates must be African citizens currently residing in an African country.
  • Applicants with academic status are required to hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization
  • Academic applicants should also have a PhD obtained no earlier than January 2013.
  • Policy analysts or practitioners should be resident in Africa at a regional or sub-regional institution (government agency or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization)
  • Should have at least a master’s degree obtained before January 2019, with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.

Application Process

  • The application process is conducted through the Social Science Research Council’s Online Open Water portal.
  • All Interested and qualified candidates should visit the official SSRC website below to apply.
  • Applicants must ensure that all relevant information is included in their application, as any incomplete application will be automatically disqualified.
  • For any inquiries or assistance with the application process, contact APN staff via the email address mentioned on the official SSRC website.
  • SSRC official website:

Documents Required for Application

To apply for these prestigious fellowships, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 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)

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is February 11, 2024.

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