African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships

African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions, as well as regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations based in Africa, are welcome to apply for research fellowships through the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

A core component of the APN, the Individual Research Fellowship (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, practitioners, and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world.

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.

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, knowledge, and practices of peacebuilding.


The African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Fellowships offer a maximum of $15,000 for each fellow.


  • 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.
  • Applicants who are academics must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization, and have a PhD obtained no earlier than January 2013.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants who are policy analysts or practitioners must be based in Africa at a regional or sub-regional institution; or a government agency.
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Application Process

All applications for the African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Fellowships must be uploaded through the Online Open Water portal. 

  • Completed Application Form
  • Research Proposal & Bibliography
  • Expected publication(s)
  • Current CV
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Language Evaluation(s)

To apply for African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships, click here.

Deadline: February 10, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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