African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) Research fellowship 2022

The African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) is offering research grants and technical support for evidence-driven analysis into how malign actors are using coordinated disinformation and propaganda or other influence/information operations to fuel conflict across 21 African countries.

The fellowships have been established because detailed evidence and/or actionable insights about how disinformation techniques or networks are being deployed are scarce in Africa. This hampers traditional civil society watchdogs or investigative media from proactively exposing and debunking campaigns. ADDO Fellows’ research is therefore intended to help African media and CSOs better understand hybrid warfare and information disorder in their country/region.

Proposals that aim to publish actionable data or insights for media/CSOs to build on will be prioritized, including research that helps identify disinformation narratives with credible data-driven evidence, or that spotlights the actors and other forces responsible for creating and spreading disinformation.


ADDO research fellowships come with;

  • a grant of $5,000 to $10,000 per project,
  • along with additional access to ADDO forensic analysts,
  • data scientists and open-source intelligence (OSINT) researchers,
  • as well as machine learning tools for social listening or data/network analysis.


ADDO application is open to Individual researchers, multidisciplinary teams, or a research organization that works in African countries, or that is affiliated with African-based partners can apply. This includes post-doc or other senior researchers;

  • early-career researchers who have substantive published work, investigative journalists/analysts, or
  • OSINT researchers who are affiliated with an institution (supported by a letter confirming oversight) with domain expertise on disinformation or other information disorder issues.


The proposals for ADDO Research fellowship will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • The strength of the research topic and supporting evidence.
  • The capacity/expertise of the researcher/team.
  • Commitment to knowledge sharing.
  • The feasibility of the proposal.
  • The envisioned format for the research outputs.
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Application Process

The applications for ADDO Research fellowship should contain:

  • Submit an elevator pitch using this simple form.
  • Submit a more detailed proposal if invited.
  • Commence the research fellowship, with technical support from ADDO’s forensic analysis and machine learning teams.
  • Present initial/iterative research insights/findings at ADDO seminars and other industry events.
  • Publish final research report on a publicly accessible platform, and present the results at appropriate public fora.

To apply, click here.

Deadline: October 15, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site