The Nordic Africa Institute invites applications for its annual travels scholarship for scholarship who wish to do fieldwork in Africa. Under this scheme some 20–30 scholars associated with Nordic universities, colleges and research institutions are sponsored annually for research trips to Africa.
Eligibility
The scholarships can be applied for by researchers associated with universities, colleges and other research institutions in the Nordic countries (= Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). They are mainly intended for young researchers, but applications from established researchers will also be considered. Applicants should have completed their basic academic education (=Bachelor degree).
Eligible Projects
The scholarships are intended for research and preparation of research projects. Research should concern development issues in Africa and emphasis is placed on the social sciences and closely related fields (anthropology, history, economics, human geography etc).
Scholarships are intended to cover travel expenses to Africa and to contribute to the cost of local travel and living expenses. Exceptionally, scholarships may be awarded for archive studies in Europe.
Ineligibility
Pure natural science projects without a strong component of development research are not qualified. The scholarships are not awarded for study visits, excursions, or participation in conferences. Funds to cover salary expenses cannot be applied for. Scholarships will not be awarded for fieldwork that has already been completed before 31 January (= the closing date for applications). Scholarships are not awarded to the same project more than once. Language studies do not qualify for support.
Deadline
The Travel Scholarships are awarded once per year and applications mailed to Nordiska Afrikainstitutet must be in by January 31, 2012. NAI does not accept applications sent by fax.
Evaluations of applications
Applications are primarily evaluated on the basis of scientific quality and relevance. Secondly, the distribution among the Nordic countries, disciplines and gender is considered.
Communication of results
Scholarships will be awarded end of April. All applicants will receive notification in writing. The scholarships are payable as from May 1st.
For more information, and to apply, click here.

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