Applications are now open for the 2024-25 edition of the APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship! The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), has recently announced this call for applications from eligible senior African academics and researchers based at universities, training, and policy institutions in Africa.
The goal of the projects is to develop and disseminate knowledge about conflict and peacebuilding on the continent. During the fellowship, the collaborative working groups will produce research-based knowledge and publications that have an impact on peacebuilding scholarship, policy, and practice on the continent.
About APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship
A vital addition to the field-based and networking aspects of the APN’s programs is the Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship. This fellowship addresses the need for intense cooperation and engagement between researchers and practitioners on difficulties associated with peacebuilding in Africa.
The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship also aims to link research and policy, encourage mentoring of younger scholars by more seasoned peers, promote networking between academics and practitioners based in at least three African nations, and raise the likelihood that the knowledge-production process will have an impact on policy and actions.
About Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) was established in 1923 as a nonprofit organization. SSRC promotes innovative research, trains new generations of social scientists, and deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines.
The Social Science Research Council operates with the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy all require a better understanding of complex social, cultural, economic, and political processes. Hence, the organization works with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences, related professions, and the humanities and natural sciences.
- A maximum award of $60,000 will support one APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship for a duration of 18 months.
- The working group is anticipated to work together and complete the suggested research project, hence it is anticipated that members will meet frequently throughout the project.
- The fund provided must be used to support new field research, training initiatives, the analysis of pertinent literature, and the creation and dissemination of a variety of outputs, including academic publications in print and electronic formats, policy briefs and reports, best-practice models, and training materials.
- At the conclusion of the project time, the working group is will create a book-length manuscript.
Eligibility Criteria for Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship
To be eligible for the Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship;
- Prospective Candidates must be scholars or practitioners based in Africa
- The lead investigator should be ranked as a full professor and based in an African university (possess a PhD).
- The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship will consist of a six-member joint researcher-practitioner team;
- These teams should consist of Africans based at or affiliated with universities; regional organizations; government agencies; or nongovernmental, media, or civil society organizations located in at least three countries on the continent.
- Other research group members may be early- and mid-career scholars, or practitioners, who are expected to hold at least a master’s degree with two or more years of work experience.
- Teams must reflect diversity and also include individuals from a range of professional, institutional, national, regional, disciplinary, gender, and generational backgrounds and experiences.
- The project should also make the most of the strong mentorship linkages that already exist between the team’s senior and junior members, while also promoting participation from scholars and practitioners, as well as interaction with local academic institutions and practitioner/policy organizations.
- Contributions to the APN’s publication series, online community Kujenga Amani, and social media networks (Facebook and Twitter), whether made individually or collectively, are also warmly encouraged.
How to Apply for APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship 2024-25?
- An application can be submitted on behalf of the entire Group by the lead investor of the collaborative research working group, via the SSRC’s open Water Application Portal at http://ssrc.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/1135/home
- All applications uploaded through the online portal must be submitted in English (except for reference letters).
- For more details, visit the APN website at https://www.ssrc.org/programs/african-peacebuilding-network/apn-collaborative-working-group-research-fellowships/
Documents Required for Application
- Completed Application Form
- Lead Investigator’s CV
- Research Proposal & Bibliography
- Proposed Research Timeline
- Proposed Research Budget
- Team Members list, with their names, affiliations, professional backgrounds, and highest degree levels attained
- Two Reference Letters
- Language evaluation(s) (if required)
February 11, 2024.
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