African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2024

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites applications from African scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions, or from regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations based in Africa, for its 2024 Individual Research Fellowships.

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, practices, 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 peacebuilding discourses, knowledge, and practices.

Support is available for research and analysis on the following issues:

  • Causes, drivers, actors, and trajectories of violent conflict;
  • Natural resource conflict: community, national and regional dimensions
  • Geopolitics and histories of conflict, conflict mediation and peace
  • Minorities, under-represented groups, and the social dynamics of conflict and peace
  • Climate Change, Energy Transitions, Conflict and Peace
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation practices and peace
  • Media, digital technology, AI, war, and peacebuilding;
  • Cultures, media, and art(s) of peace;
  • Women, youth, and peacebuilding;
  • Water politics, conflict, and peace;
  • Theater, Music, and Peace
  • Human mobilities, insecurities and peace
  • Peace Education and African Literature
  • Prevention of mass atrocities; and
  • Diseases, Politics and Peace
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Starting Date: June 2024 to December 2024.

Duration: 06 month


The APN individual research fellowships award a competitive sum of $15,000 for each fellow


  • This competition is open to African academics, as well as policy analysts and practitioners.
  • All applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country.
  • Academic applicants must have a PhD that was earned no earlier than January 2014 and hold a faculty or research position at an African institution or research organization.
  • Applicants who are policy analysts or practitioners must be based in Africa and work for a regional or sub-regional institution, a government agency, or a non-governmental, media, or civil society organization.
  • Applicants must also have at least a master’s degree from a university earned before January 2019 and at least five years of documented research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Interested applicants are to submit their application with the following documents:

  •  A complete application Form
  • Current CV
  • Research Proposal & Bibliography
  • Expected publication(s)
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • Language Evaluation(s) (if required)
  • Two Reference Letters

For detailed information on how to apply for the APN Individual Research Fellowships, click here

Deadline: February 11, 2024.

For more information on APN Individual Research Fellowships, visit the official site.