• July 1 - December 31, 2024
  • Accra

Call for applications for Research Fellowship 2024 !

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was created to reinforce the institutional, operational and knowledge capacities of civil society in the region as well as enhance knowledge on civil society in the region. WACSI serves as a resource hub for training, research and documentation, experience sharing, and policy dialogue for organised civil society in West Africa.

The fellowship is open to all young researchers from West Africa. Other young researchers who are not from the region but are interested in understanding and documenting civil society praxis in West Africa can be considered.

The Institute contributes to identifying and honing the skills of young researchers through a three to six months research fellowship programme. The goal of the research fellowship is to offer young and passionate researchers a wide range of opportunities to develop their research skills, while also contributing to the work of the Institute. Fellows will work with experienced professionals to explore key issues, trends, and challenges affecting the civil society ecosystem. The fellowship enables fellows to gain valuable experience working in the civil society sector, building their professional networks, and developing skills that will be useful throughout their professional lives. They will have a better understanding of the needs and concerns of communities and contribute to developing effective strategies and policies that address these issues. Fellows will also contribute to the collation and documentation of best practices and models that can be replicated to foster development within the region.

 In this year’s fellowship, priority will be given to the documentation of indigenous knowledge practices within the work of civil society in West Africa. Indigenous knowledge refers to the unique, traditional knowledge systems, practices, beliefs, and innovations that have been developed and passed down through generations within indigenous communities. For civil society, indigenous knowledge can play a significant role in informing and enriching the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs).




  • Active participation in this fellowship offers fellows with a keen interest in civil society access to a wide range of benefits to help successfully conduct their research or engage in a knowledge documentation project.
  • Fellows will be assigned to mentors who will guide them throughout the fellowship.
  • The research findings and the fellows’ experience will be used to promote good practices in West Africa and beyond.
  • Research fellows will receive monthly stipends and a research allowance from the Institute.
  • Fellows are provided with a wealth of opportunities, skills and knowledge to better plan for or advance their future careers.
  • Candidates would develop at least one WACSeries publication that will be published on the Institute’s website.
  • Official recommendation from WACSI.
  • Free access to WACSI’s publications.


  • The fellowship is open to all young researchers from West Africa. Other young researchers who are not from the region but are interested in understanding and documenting civil society praxis in West Africa can be considered.
  • Candidates interested in working on topical issues related to civil society are highly encouraged to apply. The Institute is keen on having candidates interested on topics related to the following:
    • Local philanthropy,
    • Technology for development, 
    • The localisation agenda, 
    • Decolonisation of aid, 
    • Resource mobilisation, 
    • Civil society sustainability, 
    • Shift the power, 
    • Leadership and succession, 
    • Strategic partnerships and 
    • Capacity strengthening for civil society in West Africa.
    • Current master’s or PhD students and/or graduates who completed their master’s or PhD studies within the last two years.
    • Applicants must demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to perform independent research.
    • Interested applicants should be able and ready to cover all costs related to the fellowship.
    • Applicants must be able to communicate fluently either in English and/or French. French speaking candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Production of at least two publishable research reports or policy documents. This can be either an Issue Paper, an Op-Ed and/or blogs articles.
  • Contribution to ongoing research conducted and or commissioned by the Institute.
  • Documentation of best practices, case studies and/or success stories.
Eligible Regions: West Africa

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • A motivation letter stating their duration and theme of interest
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A synopsis of not more than one page on the specific theme of interest you would be working on during your fellowship
  • Sample of an authored article or paper. Provide evidence of any published works if available.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024

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