The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is inviting research fellowship applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions; or regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations in Africa.
A core component of the APN, the Individual Research Fellowships (IRF) program is a vehicle for enhancing the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research both regionally and globally, while making peacebuilding knowledge accessible to key policymakers and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world.
The program also strives to build a highly visible and active network of African scholars and practitioners capable of projecting African perspectives and voices onto global discourses and practices of peacebuilding.
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Fellowship recipients produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding scholarship, policy, and practice on the continent. For its part, the APN works toward inserting the evidence-based knowledge that fellowship award recipients produce into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding.
During the fellowship period, recipients are required to participate in two mandatory workshops organized by the APN. These workshops will provide opportunities to refine recipients’ research designs, focus and methods; present findings; explore ways to make their work more accessible through publications and other means to multiple peacebuilding constituencies; networking, and developing constructive working relationships with other fellows, senior academic, and practitioner facilitators.
Fellows are also strongly encouraged to contribute to the APN’s Working Paper and Policy Briefing Note series, as well as to the program’s digital forums and social media platforms (Kujenga Amani, Facebook, and Twitter).
Fellowships are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2021 to December 2021.
Up to seventeen (17) individual fellowships of a maximum of $15,000 each will be awarded.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
All applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country. This competition is open to African academics, as well as policy analysts and practitioners.
All materials must be submitted no later than 11:59pm (EST) on February 1, 2021.
For more information, please visit https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/apn-research-fellowships/