AROCSA Ph.D. Fellowship Program for African Scholars 2021 (US$3,500)

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The Association for Research on Civil Society Africa (AROCSA) with the support of the Ford Foundation, calls for applications from African scholars to its Ph.D. Fellowship Program in Africa.

The research grant is targeted at encouraging the production and dissemination of knowledge by African scholars in the fields of non-profit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies in line with AROCSA’s mission to promote and advance a community of excellence in research and practice on civil society in the service of African development.

As part of the program, selected Ph.D. scholars who have successfully defended their research proposals will be provided research grants to cover the cost of their research i.e. fieldwork, data collection, data processing, and the printing of their final dissertations.

Grants will be awarded based on merit. And as such, applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Potential quality and impact of the proposed research.
  • Alignment with the thematic research areas of non-profit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies

Successful applicants will be expected to present papers on their research at AROCSA’s next annual conference scheduled to hold in August 2021 where they will formally be inducted as AROCSA fellows. Their completed theses will also be hosted on the AROCSA website as an open-source document to benefit other researchers and the general public.


A research grant of up to US$3,500.


To be eligible for the AROCSA fellowship program, applicants must

  • Be an African scholar currently registered as full-time Ph.D. students with a university in Africa.
  • Make sure that his/her theses focus on nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies.
  • Have already defended their research proposals at the time of application to be considered eligible.
Application Process

Applicants are to apply for the Ph.D. Workshop through the electronic application on the AROCSA website. Applications must include the following:

  • Proof of registration with a university in Africa
  • Copy of Approved Research proposal
  • Letter of motivation from the applicant
  • Letter of support from supervisor: Using the institution’s letterhead, the letter should contain the supervisor’s approval, confirm that the student has indeed successfully defended their research proposal, and include an assurance of continuous support for the duration of the research. The letter should also include the supervisor’s contact details.
  • Budget: Applicants should present a detailed breakdown of finances required for the completion of their research, explaining how funds will be allocated and utilized from the collection of data to the completion of the thesis, clearly outlining the link between expenses and the phases of their research.
  • Compile all items listed above into a single PDF document before submission.
Application Deadline: November 13, 2020

For more information and application, visit the official site.