The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant applications from postdoctoral researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on the reasons behind conflict.
The Conflict Research Fellowship (CRF) aims to support experienced scholars based at a university or NGO. The CRF is part of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), a research program based at the London School of Economics and Political Science that investigates what might cause violent conflict in five cases: Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Syria.
The program focuses on ways in which the political economy of public authority helps to explain the persistence and spread of violence. Fellows will examine how different interventions affect violent conflict and/or the risk of renewed violent conflict; analyze “what works”to counter drivers of conflict; and find out the contextual factors that affect the efficacy of such interventions, including the linkages among international, national, state, and local level dynamics.
Successful candidates will contribute to the overall analysis of conflict through case studies of external interventions in four areas prioritized by the program:
- Civil society support (including multi-scalar peacemaking and peace building activities, support for reconciliation, and community-level dialogue and mediation.
- Security and Justice Sector reform (including DDR/RR, stabilization, regional security networks/arenas, transitional, formal and customary justice.
- Strengthening public authority and legitimacy, including at sub-national levels (the political marketplace, the effects of patronage networks on governance, governance promoting interventions, decentralization and anti-corruption activities)
- Resource management (including settlement of land and real estate disputes, governance frameworks, and the role of natural resource competition in shaping public authority)
Up to 7-9 individual grants of a maximum of £17,000 will be awarded through the Conflict Research Fellowships.
- Women and nationals of Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Syria are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Postdoctoral scholars, policy analysts, or practitioners based at a university or nongovernmental organization with at least three years of field-based experience since the completion of the PhD (or researchers with equivalent experience who have published one book or two peer-reviewed academic articles) are eligible.
- Applications can either be for funding to support fieldwork, teaching buy-out at your home institution, or for a visiting appointment at a US or European university.
- Research projects must focus on the core countries of the CRF: Somalia, South Sudan, DRC, Iraq, or Syria.
- Fellows must attend a preparatory workshop within the first two months of their fellowship period, and a capstone workshop towards the end of the year-long fellowship.
- At the end of the fellowship, the recipients must produce an original research output that is suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Apply online through the given link.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link