SSRC: Seeking Proposals for APN Individual Research Grants

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is seeking proposals from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions; or regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations in Africa for its Individual Research Grants with an aim to support independent African research and its integration into regional and global policy communities.

A core component of the APN Individual Research Grants 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 and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world.

Grant 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 grant recipients produce into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding.

Priority Areas

  • Root causes of, and emerging trajectories of violent conflict;
  • Resilience, conflict prevention and transformation;
  • State and non-state armed actors, transnational crime, extremism, displacement and migration;
  • Post-conflict elections, democratization, governance and economic reconstruction;
  • Statebuilding, including state-society relations and state reconstruction;
  • Transitional justice, reconciliation, and peace;
  • The economic and financial dimensions of conflict, peacekeeping, and peace support operations;
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and peacebuilding;
  • UN-AU-REC Partnerships and Peace Support Operations;
  • Digital media, technology, and peace;
  • Cultures and art(s) of peace;
  • Gender, youth and peacebuilding;
  • Water conflict and peace;
  • Health, post-conflict development, peace, and security; and
  • Prevention of mass atrocities.

Funding Information

  • Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2019 to December 2019.
  • Up to fifteen (15) individual grants of a maximum of $15,000 each will be awarded. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 applying as academics must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization, and have a PhD obtained no earlier than January 2008.
  • Applicants applying as policy analysts or practitioners must be based in Africa at a regional or subregional institution; a government agency; or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization, and have at least a master’s degree obtained before January 2013, with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Deadline: 5 January 2019

All applications must be uploaded online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, visit https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/apn-research-grants/

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