Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Deadline: 1st February, 2021

The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities through a stipend up to US$10,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows further develop their chapters and complete the writing of their doctoral dissertations. Facilitators at the workshops help strengthen the capacity of fellows for scholarly writing, including academic publications.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • be enrolled and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • be in the final year of writing and have completed at least two doctoral dissertation chapters
  • As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education in Africa, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals. 
  • The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Thematic Priorities: 

The program features a thematic focus on peacesecurity, and development in order to renew basic research agendas and strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these issues. 

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. We envision supporting a diverse set of projects that shed light on a range of economic, political, social, conflict and peace building processes using evidence-based research.

Please see the following list of prospective issues that are considered relevant to Next Gen fellowships:

  • Causes and driver of conflict
  • Institutional and local approaches to conflict prevention, management and resolution
  • Elections, transitions and development
  • National and regional approaches to peace, security and development
  • Identity and conflict
  • Gender, youth, conflict, peace and security
  • Conflict, peace and human mobilities
  • Cultural issues in security and development
  • State-society relations
  • Digitality
  • Economic and humanitarian perspectives to conflict and peace
  • Democracy, human rights and development
  • Post-conflict development, reconstruction and reconciliation
  • Law, peace agreements and transitional justice
  • International justice, genocide and war crimes
  • Cities, migration and mobility
  • Law and constitutionalism
  • Health, food security and development
  • Natural resource governance and development
  • Climate change, conflict, peace and security
  • Globalization and emerging insecurities
  • Media, conflict, peace and security
  • Data, privacy and security

We anticipate awarding up to 43 fellowships in total across all categories each year.


Award decisions will be announced in May 2021. For more information (FAQs). Visit the webpage of social science research council

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