Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2021/2022 for Ph.D. Students in Africa: Next Generation Social Sciences

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Application Deadline:  February 1, 2022.

In Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, the Social Scientific Research Council offers fellowships to facilitate the completion of doctoral degrees and to foster next-generation social science research. The fellowships fund dissertation research on issues related to peace, security, and development.

PhD students working on a doctoral dissertation research proposal, as well as students who have just finished a master’s degree and wish to enroll in a PhD program, are eligible for doctoral dissertation proposal grants. The grants provide up to US$3,000 in short-term research fees to construct a PhD dissertation proposal. Each year, two workshops are held to help fellows build their networks, improve, develop, and deepen their research questions, match research techniques to questions, engage essential literature in their disciplines, and finalize their PhD research proposals.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • be enrolled, or intend to enroll by the time of the award, and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • hold a master’s degree at the time of application

As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education in Africa, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Application Process: 

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

Strong submissions will describe the project and its significance in clear and unambiguous terms. Proposals should demonstrate a good understanding of the relevant social scientific literature and methodology that will be used in the study. Applicants must also show that all proposed activities are viable and can be performed within a reasonable time frame. An unbiased, international committee of eminent researchers from a variety of social science and related areas will assess all ideas against these criteria.

Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty engage in scholarly reflections, research and writing. We anticipate awarding up to 45 fellowships in total across all three categories each year.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship

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