Call for Proposal! Call for Next Gen Completion Fellowships 2024 is open now!!

In Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, the Social scientific Research Council offers fellowships to encourage the completion of doctoral degrees and to advance next-generation social scientific research. The fellowships fund dissertation research on issues related to development, security, and peace.

The doctoral dissertation completion grant provides a salary of up to US$10,000 to cover a one-year vacation from teaching and administrative duties so that a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development subjects can be finished. Additionally, this programme provides fellows with two workshops each year to help them finish writing their PhD dissertations and develop their chapters. Workshop facilitators help fellows improve their ability to produce scholarly writing, especially academic articles. Fellows must be willing to attend one workshop sponsored by the SSRC each year that is intended to help fellows engage with mentors and peers as the develop their work.

Fellows are selected by the members of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program Committee, who use established peer review procedures. The Fellowship Selection Committee includes distinguished members of the academic and research communities of Africa, Europe, and North America. Up to 36 awards are offered in a given year across all three pre-doctoral fellowship opportunities and all six eligible countries, however Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa anticipate awarding up to 12 Next Gen Completion fellowships this year.

In order to refresh basic research agendas and build multidisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these concerns, the programme has a thematic focus on peace, security, and development. The programme promotes creative inquiry into issues of peace, security, and development, pushing the bounds of scholarly inquiry and study by examining actual connections between these themes. Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa hope to provide funding for a wide range of initiatives that use research-based evidence to illuminate various economic, political, social, conflict, and peace-building processes.

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa hope that some initiatives will look at large-scale phenomena while others will focus on small-scale social processes. The best projects will usually look for linkages between these scales. In-depth studies of civil society, human rights, peace-building institutions, justice systems, and the rule of law are part of several research initiatives. Others will investigate the origins of conflict, vulnerabilities among people, new conflict trajectories and forms, insecurities, and human mobilities. Projects should, above all, improve critical areas of research and social scientific expertise.






  • 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, or 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.

Eligible Regions: Sub-Saharan African Countries.

Application Process

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Application Deadline: February 11, 2024

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