African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Fellowships 2024 (up to $15,000 Grant) – APPLY NOW

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is seeking research fellowship applications from African scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners who are actively engaged in studying conflict and peacebuilding. This opportunity is open to individuals working at universities, research institutions, regional organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations located in Africa.

African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Fellowships

About the Individual Research Fellowships Program

The Individual Research Fellowship (IRF) program, a key component of the APN, aims to strengthen African peacebuilding research by promoting its quality and visibility at both regional and global levels. It also seeks to make this research accessible to policymakers, practitioners, and renowned research institutions in Africa and worldwide.

Fellows selected for this program contribute valuable knowledge rooted in research, which holds significance for peacebuilding scholarship, policy-making, and practice on the African continent. In turn, the APN endeavors to incorporate the evidence-based knowledge produced by fellowship recipients into regional and global discussions, actions, and policies related to peacebuilding.

Also, the program strives to establish an active and prominent network of African scholars and practitioners who can effectively represent African perspectives and voices in global debates, knowledge-sharing, and the implementation of peacebuilding initiatives.


A maximum of seventeen (17) individual fellowships will be granted, with each fellowship amounting to a maximum of $15,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All individuals applying for this opportunity must be citizens of an African country and currently reside in Africa. This competition is open to African academics, policy analysts, and practitioners.
  • For academic applicants, it is required that they hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization. Additionally, they should have obtained a PhD no earlier than January 2013. Please note that if an applicant has not been awarded their PhD by February 11, 2024, their case will not be prioritized for eligibility as an academic.
  • Policy analysts or practitioners applying for this opportunity should be based in Africa, preferably at a regional or sub-regional institution, government agency, non-governmental, media, or civil society organization. They should possess a master’s degree obtained before January 2019 and have a minimum of five years of well-documented research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the African continent.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply for these fellowships.

Fellowship Requirements

All individuals applying will need to submit the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form and questions
  • Research Proposal & Bibliography
  • Expected publication(s)
  • Current CV
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Language Evaluation(s) (if required)

Fellowship specific documents

  • For fellowship applicants applying with a proposal, they are required to upload their approved dissertation proposal.
  • Fellowship applicants applying for research, are to upload their approved dissertation proposal and the approved research instrument(s) such as questionnaire, interview schedule, observation schedule, etc.
  • Completion fellowship applicants should provide a copy of their approved dissertation proposal along with their latest draft.

How to Apply For The Research Fellowship

  • All applications must be uploaded through the APN of the SSRC Online Open Water portal.
  • Application materials must be in English. In cases where academic degrees are not in English, a translation should be uploaded alongside the degree in one continuous document.
  • To commence application click on this link.

To get more information about the Fellowship, visit the official website.

Application Deadline

February 11, 2024.

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