Next Gen Fellowship Program for Sub-Saharan African Countries
Next Generation Social Sciences
Course(s) Offered: Peace, Security; Development
Course Level: Graduate (PhD research)
Provider: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Country to Study in: Africa
The program, Next Generation Social Sciences, launched in June 2011, responds to a shortage of experienced faculty in African higher education.
Carnegie Corporation of New York funds three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty of African academics working on peace, security and development issues: doctoral dissertation research fellowship, doctoral dissertation completion fellowship and doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship.
The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program provides fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
This current call is for Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship.
All applicants must:
- be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country
- hold a master’s degree
- be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.
The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.
The following apply to the different fellowships:
a). The doctoral dissertation research fellowship:
- To be eligible for the US$15,000 dissertation research fellowship, applicants must have an approved dissertation proposal but will not yet have undertaken research of nine months or more.
b). The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship:
- To be more eligible for the US$15, 000 dissertation completion fellowship, applicants must be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter.
c). The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship:
- To be eligible for the US$3,000 dissertation proposal fellowship, applicants must be admitted to a graduate program but have yet to undertake dissertation research.
Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner.
All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines.
Citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country (and also a current faculty member at an accredited college or university in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda)
ALL accredited colleges or universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
Fields of study
The fellowships support dissertations and research on peace, security and development topics.
The program assists fellows to develop research opportunities and skills, obtain doctoral degrees, and participate in robust research communities. Toward this end, the project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues.
Number of awards
Forty-five (45) fellowships are awarded each year
Fellowships are offered each year. The duration of each of the doctoral fellowships are as described below under ‘Scholarship benefits’
The doctoral dissertation research fellowship supports 6-12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.
The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.
The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.
Method of Application
All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.
Please visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.
Online application must be submitted by November 13th 2015.
Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, this project offers a replicable model at scale and complements foundation initiatives to develop and strengthen the next generation of African scholars.
The three fellowships are: the doctoral dissertation research fellowship, doctoral dissertation completion fellowship and doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship. Fellowship program also offers two workshops each year for fellow’s Masters research in their research publications.
Application Deadline: 13 November 2015
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)