Social Science Research Council invites applications for the 2014-2015 Next Generation Social Sciences Doctoral Dissertation fellowships to support the advancement of social science faculty toward completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertations and research on peace, security, and development topics. It is funded by the Carnegie Corporation in New York
Eligibility and Award Value

  • All applicants must be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country while holding a current part-time or full-time faculty position (typically teaching assistant, research assistant, assistant lecturer or lecturer) at an accredited college or university in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Additionally, applicants must meet the following criteria for any of the given fellowship opportunities.

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship US $3,000 in support of preliminary research intended to strengthen the doctoral dissertation proposal:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program by the start of the fellowship period
  • Applicants must be working on a dissertation proposal which they will submit for approval by the end of the fellowship period
  • Applicants must work on a topic related to peace, security, and development

Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship US $15,000 in support of 9 – 12 months of doctoral dissertation research:

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  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D program
  • Applicants must have an approved dissertation proposal and are still in the data collection phase of their research
  • Applicants must work on a topic related to peace, security, and development

Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship – US $15,000 in support of the completion of the doctoral dissertation:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program
  • Applicants must be able to complete their dissertations in the fellowship period (i.e. in the course of one year)
  • Applicants must have completed at least one chapter of the dissertation
  • Applicants must work on a topic related to peace, security, and development

How to Apply
The application consists of the following (all to be submitted online):

  • Completed Online Application Form
  • Executive Summary of Project (no more than 150 words)
  • Short Narrative Explaining Fit of the Topic to Peace, Security, and Development (no more than 200 words)
  • Personal Biography(EST)
  • Uploaded Bibliography
  • Uploaded Narrative Proposal (no more than 7 pages)
  • Uploaded Two References (Must be submitted by January 15, 2014)
  • Uploaded Language Evaluation Form (if necessary)
  • Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship also will be require d to upload their approved dissertation proposals.
  • Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship also will be required to upload one completed chapter of their dissertation.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance
  • Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project
  • In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner
  • All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines
  • Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly publications

They anticipate awarding approximately 45 fellowships in total each year.
Deadline: December 1, 2013.
For inquiries email the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: [email protected]
For more information, click here to download the Next Gen Fellowship Guideline.
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