Friday, 10 October 2014

Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars

The American Government through your local Embassy in Africa is now accepting applications for Fulbright African Research Programs. This award funds African university lecturers & professors to conduct postdoctoral research or undertake a planned program of reading and research at a U.S. academic or research institution.
Programs involving dissertation research or general professional travel are not eligible under these programs.
Ideal programs will contribute to the development of new courses, curricula, or programs upon the participant’s return to her/his home institution.

Application and Selection:
  • Awards are open without regard to academic discipline, faculty rank, sex and age.
  • Preference will be given to those proposals that best promote the spirit and goals of the Fulbright Program: to increase and enhance mutual understanding between the United States and African countries through inter-personal contact and the sharing of professional/academic experience and expertise among the widest possible audience.
  • This year's competition includes a special category for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research.
  • Preference will also be given to individuals who have not visited the United States for any appreciable period within the past five years.
  • Applicants must have a strong command of the English language and at least three years of university teaching experience.
  • Applicants must have citizenship in an African country.
  • All applications should be submitted using the on-line application
  • All applications must include a detailed statement of the proposed research project, a curriculum vitae, a specific justification for the grant period requested and three letters of reference.
  • At least two references must come from specialists in the field outside the scholar's own institution.
  • A statement of support from the scholar's home institution would also be welcome.
  • Applications will be accepted for either of the following programs:
    Research Grants:
  • Applicants should have a productive scholarly record and a specific project statement directly related to their on-going teaching and/or research responsibilities.
  • Funding is normally for one term or semester (about four months).
  • Longer grants may be possible if the research project requires more time, as clearly demonstrated in the research proposal. Successful applicants must possess a Ph.D.
    Program and Curriculum Development Grants:
  • Applicants will undertake a planned program of reading and research of benefit to both the scholar and his/her home institution.
  • Proposals should be linked to the applicant’s professional duties (classroom instruction, student advising, and university outreach) and should provide specific details to demonstrate how the scholar would use the knowledge gained to update and improve classroom instruction at the home institution.
    Grant Provisions:
  • Round-trip economy international travel and excess-baggage allowance for the grantee,
  • For awards of 9 months, travel is provided for up to one dependent,
  • A monthly cost-of-living allowance, which is subject to U.S. income tax,
  • An allowance for books, research materials, and travel to professional meetings,
  • A settling in allowance,
  • Limited accident and sickness insurance for the grantee only, and an allowance to defray the cost of U.S. medical insurance for a maximum of two dependents. For more information and application contacts, see the links below.

    Application Deadline: Varies from country to country but between May and July.
    For more information and application, visit: Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars
  • Doctoral Scholarships in West Africa

    Doctoral Scholarships in West Africa: Doctoral Scholarships in West Africa - “Decision‐making within rural households in West Africa.”
    The Center for Development Research is an international, English‐speaking research institute of the University of Bonn/Germany hosts the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program.
    The candidate will be expected to participate in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses of the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program.
    He/she will develop an individual research proposal until February. For data collection, 10‐12 months of field research in West Africa will be required.
    During the writing‐up period of the dissertation, the candidate will be based at ZEF in Bonn.

    Duration of the doctoral studies:
    Three years starting from August under conditional acceptance of the confirmation by the funding agency. A scholarship awarded will cover living, research as well as travel cost.

    Scholarship Requirements for the Applicants:

  • very good degree (Diploma, Master or Magister) in social anthropology, social geography, political sciences or development sociology
  • very good writing skills in English are required for the dissertation
  • very good knowledge of French are required for research in a francophone country
  • good knowledge of field research methods is required
  • experience in research is of advantage
  • work experience in West Africa is of advantage. African candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    For more information and scholarship applications, see: Doctoral Scholarships in West Africa


    PhD Funds » Engineering Funds

    PhD Funds » Engineering Funds » University Funds

    PhD Studentship in Structural Engineering: Loughborough’s Faculty of Engineering offers financial support to talented research students in a number of ways. Funding for PhD students is awarded on the basis of academic merit and your potential to become a member of one of our internationally recognised research teams.
    The Faculty has wide-ranging research capabilities and all six of our departments are able to offer unique and challenging research opportunities. The links below provide information on the areas in which our departments are able to supervise PhDs.
  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Building Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (including Systems Engineering)
  • Materials
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering There is always extremely strong competition for our funding awards and you need to have achieved a high standard in your studies to date (the equivalent of a UK distinction/high upper second class degree) to receive a funding award.
    There are opportunities to obtain funding through research studentships funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK), the University and the individual departments. Alternative routes for funding your PhD also exist through our Doctoral Training Centres, Research Associate/Assistant vacancies and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.
    For further details, and application materials, contact: Civil and Building Engineering PhD Research Studentships 
  • African Peacebuilding Network Residential Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Supporting independent African research and its integration into regional and global policy communities
    Open for applications, next deadline is December 14th 2014. Apply Now

    Request for Proposals for the APN Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites residential postdoctoral fellowship applications from African academics and researchers who work on conflict and peacebuilding and are based in universities in Africa.

    About the African Peacebuilding Network

    The APN promotes independent African research and analysis on peacebuilding in or near countries and regions affected by violent conflict on the continent. The program also opens the door to the emergence of a critical mass of Africa-based expertise, including researchers, analysts, and practitioners who will play an important role in the shaping of an Africa-centered peacebuilding agenda.

    About the APN Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    The residential postdoctoral fellowship is directed toward African PhDs based in African universities who are in the early postdoctoral phase of their scholarly careers. It is meant to help young post-doctoral scholars complete ongoing research projects specifically focusing on an area of African peacebuilding. Selected fellows will produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent. Specfically, the fellowship program aims to
    • encourage young academics to expand their research beyond their PhD;
    • deepen the engagement of early-career academics with scholarly and policy discussions on peacebuilding, both in Africa and other parts of the world; and
    • further develop and apply academics’ capacity for independent research that is relevant to a range of disciplines and broader networks within and outside of Africa.
    In addition, fellows are expected to relate their work to policy debates on African peacebuilding. Fellows will present their findings to scholarly and policy forums/roundtables in Africa and the United States, with the ultimate goal of publication in high-quality peer-reviewed outlets. For its part, the APN will work toward inserting the evidence-based knowledge that fellows produce into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding. 
    Support will enable fellows to complete an ongoing research project on issues such as the following:
    • Political economy of conflict and peacebuilding
    • Law, justice, and peace
    • Emerging transnational threats to peace
    • African approaches to conflict management and peacebuilding
    • Local leadership and community-based peacebuilding
    • African Union Agenda 2063
    • Africa’s peace and security architecture (APSA)
    • Mass atrocity and accountability: the roles of memory and history
    • Insecurities and urban spaces
    • Corruption, democratic governance, and peace
    • UN-AU partnerships and peacebuilding
    • Impact of global and regional interventions on local peacebuilding in conflict-affected countries and subregions
    • Gender gaps in peacebuilding processes
    While projects on any part of the African continent may be supported, the APN is particularly interested in work on those places that have received limited scholarly or policy attention.
    Fellowships are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support three months of residency in Africa and the United States, from September 2015 through December 2015. Fellows are expected to spend two months at a university or research center in Africa located outside the fellow’s home country, and a third month at either a university or a policy or practitioner institution in the United States. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend the APN’s writing workshop and will be expected to present their research to scholarly and practice communities in their host country as well as the United States. Up to four individual grants of a maximum of $20,000 will be awarded.
    Proposals should clearly describe the objectives and significance of the applicant’s project, indicating the stage of research and how it can be completed within three months. It is important that the applicant demonstrate how support from the fellowship will add value to the overall project. Applicants should also discuss the likely relevance of their research to existing knowledge on peacebuilding practice and policy. We encourage the inclusion of a brief budget outline (not detailed), to fit appropriately within the page limit required.


    Applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country. Researchers based in conflict-affected African countries or those recently emerging from conflict are especially encouraged to apply.
    Applicants must hold a faculty or research position at an African university and have completed their PhD within seven years of the application deadline.

    Application Process

    All applications must be uploaded through our online portal. For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the portal, please contact APN staff ( Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, no mailed materials will be accepted.


    1) Completed Application Form
    2) Completed Proposal & Bibliography
    3) Two Reference Letters
    4) Language evaluation(s) (if required)
    5) Updated CV

    Deadline for Applications

    Applications are due by 9 pm EST, December 14, 2014.
    If you have questions, please contact APN program staff by telephone at (+1) 212-377-2700 or by e-mail at
    APN Postdoctoral Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions
    Program Director
    Cyril Obi