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Call for The doctoral dissertation research fellowship 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 grants support dissertation research on peace, security, and development subjects.

In order to refresh basic research agendas and build multidisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these concerns, the program has a thematic focus on peace, security, and development. The program 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. They plan to fund a wide range of initiatives that make use of empirical research to provide insight into various economic, political, social, conflict, and peace-building processes.

They 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. Several studies will thoroughly examine civil society, human rights, peace-building institutions, rule of law, and governance components. Others will look at the fundamental reasons behind conflict, human insecurity, new conflict trajectories and forms, insecurities, and human mobilities. Above all, projects should enhance critical domains of inquiry and knowledge in the social sciences.

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

  • Causes and drivers of conflict
  • Institutional and local approaches to conflict prevention, management, and resolution
  • National and Regional approaches to peace, security, and development
  • Identity and Conflict
  • Gender, youth, conflict, and peacebuilding
  • Conflict, peace, and human mobilities
  • Histories, Arts, and Cultures of conflict and peace
  • State-Society relations
  • Economic and Humanitarian perspectives on conflict and peace
  • Democracy, human rights, and development
  • Post-conflict development, governance, and reconstruction
  • Peace agreements,  transitional justice, and reconciliation
  • International justice, war crimes, peace, and development
  • Law and constitutionalism
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation practices and peace
  • Natural resource governance, conflict, peace and development
  • Climate Change, conflict, peace, and security
  • Globalization and emerging insecurities
  • Peace education and African literatures
  • Media, digital technology AI,  peace, and security




  • The doctorate dissertation research fellowship provides funding for up to $15,000 in dissertation research expenses over a period of 6 to 12 months for a topic connected to peace, security, and development.
  • Additionally, this program provides two seminars per year to assist fellows in strengthening and developing their research, engaging essential literature in their disciplines, starting fieldwork-based research, and improving their writing skills, including their ability to publish in scholarly journals.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • be enrolled and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated with an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • have a fully developed doctoral dissertation research proposal approved by a graduate school/program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

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

  • Visit the “Apply Link”
  • Create your account to continue your application.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2024

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