AfricaLics Visiting Fellowship Programme for PhD students in Africa 2022

AfricaLics – the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems – seeks suitable PhD students from universities in African countries to participate in the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Programme (2022 cohort) focused on Innovation and Development.

The aim of the visiting fellowship programme and the scholarships is to help African PhD students working in the field of Innovation and Development to strengthen their academic/research qualifications; improve the quality of their dissertations and prepare for a career in innovation and development either within academia or outside (e.g. in the private sector or in government/policy making).

The visiting fellowship programme does this by increasing the mobility and level of exposure of the PhD students to international knowledge in the field of innovation and development. The programme forms part of the efforts by AfricaLics to contribute to the development of a vibrant research community in Africa in this emerging and highly multidisciplinary field. Mentoring will be provided by a range of African and international scholars in Innovation and Development studies who are research active in AfricaLics and Globelics.

Duration: 4 months


  • Return flight costs (economy class) will be covered on a reimbursement basis.
  • Students must take out their own health insurance for the study period, but the costs will be reimbursed by the AfricaLics secretariat.
  • The visiting scholars will receive a stipend of 90,000 KShs per month.
  • A fixed amount is available to cover student participation in selected course activities.
  • Funding is available for organizing trilateral meetings between the PhD student, the main supervisor from home institution and the AfricaLics mentor(s) during the study period at JOOUST.
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Applicants for the AfricaLics PhD visiting fellowship programme should:

  • Be enrolled as a PhD student at a university in Africa.
  • Have completed their first year of studies by December 2021
  • Have a background (BSc, MSc etc.) within Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Science and Technology Policy, Geography, History or Development Studies.
  • Applicants may also work within the STEM subjects or even manufacturing but from a social science perspective.
  • Possess adequate skills in English,
  • Be working actively on a subject relevant to the field of innovation and development as defined above.
  • Submit a brief application 1 page/500 words explaining own background, motivation for applying and expected outcomes of participation in the AfricaLics PhD visiting fellowship programme

Application Process

Applications must include the following Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae – CV (including PhD courses attended so far)
  • Brief outline of their current PhD project including training plan (max. 5 pages)
  • Letter of support from the main PhD supervisor confirming that the PhD student will have completed his/her probation/upgrade by end of December 2021
  • One writing sample (article or chapter) from current PhD program
  • Letter of support from the University Administration at the university where the PhD student is enrolled
  • Copies of academic certificates (Bachelor and Master Certificates as a minimum)

To get the application form, click here.

Deadline: October 15, 2021.

For more information, visit the official site.

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