African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research fellowship applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions; or regional, governmental, and non-governmental agencies or organizations based in Africa.

The Individual Research Fellowship (IRF) program, which is a core component of the African Peacebuilding Network, is a vehicle for improving the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research both regionally and globally, as well as making peacebuilding knowledge accessible to key policymakers, practitioners, and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world. Fellowship winners create research-based information that is relevant to peacebuilding scholarship, policy, and practice on the continent and has a major impact.

During the fellowship period, recipients are required to participate in two mandatory workshops organized by the APN. These workshops will provide opportunities to refine recipients’ research designs, focus, and methods; present findings; explore ways to make their work more accessible through publications and other means to multiple peacebuilding constituencies; networking, and developing constructive working relationships with other fellows, senior academic, and practitioner facilitators.


Each fellow will be awarded a sum of $15,000 to support six months of field-based research.


Below are the requirements for the African Peacebuilding Network Research Fellowships

  • 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.
  • 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 2012.
  • Applicants who are policy analysts or practitioners must be based in Africa at a regional or sub-regional institution; a government agency; or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization, and have at least a master’s degree obtained before January 2017, with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.
  • However, applications from women are strongly welcome.
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Application Process

In applying for the African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships, the following documents are required:

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

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

Deadline: February 1, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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