The Mawazo Institute in Kenya invites applications for PhD Scholars programme which is a one-year, non-residential fellowship aimed at women pursuing PhD studies at Kenyan universities.

The goal of this programme is to build a strong pipeline of future researchers who are prepared to ask insightful questions about African development, and effectively communicate their results to both government and industry leaders and the general public.  We welcome applications from women in any academic discipline, with a preference for research projects focused on development-related topics, and using social science research methods.

Worth of Award

  • A budget for the project
  • Applicants may request up to Ksh 500,000 from Mawazo
  • Mawazo provides a conference travel grant on top of the research funding, so the project budget should not include any expenses related to conference travel
  • Please use Mawazo’s budget template

You should apply for the Mawazo PhD Scholars programme if you are:

  • A woman under the age of 40 (as of 1 January 2018)
  • A citizen of an African country
  • Enrolled in a PhD programme at a Kenyan university, in any department
  • Working on or about to begin working on an academic research project which is related to African development, and which is intended for publication
  • Predominantly using social science research methods, rather than carrying out lab-based research.  (“Social science research methods” include archival research, interviews, surveys, quantitative analysis, machine learning, etc.   We draw this distinction for purely logistical reasons, as Mawazo is not equipped to support laboratory research)
  • Currently living in Kenya, or otherwise able to travel to Nairobi at least two times per month for the rest of 2018
How to Apply

The application includes the following materials:

  • A current CV, including at least two references
  • A letter from the applicant’s university department confirming current enrollment in the PhD programme
  • A letter of support from a supervisor at the PhD programme (emailed directly to the PhD Scholars contact address with the subject line “Letter of Support — [Applicant’s First and Last Name]”)
  • A research proposal of 1000 words or less, including:
    • Brief literature review
    • Description of proposed research design and data collection methods
    • Summary of work completed on the project to date
    • List of next steps and estimated timeline to complete the project

All applications will be reviewed by the Mawazo Institute staff.  Successful applicants will demonstrate that they can do the following:

  • Identify a problem which has important implications for African development
  • Demonstrate that current academic research has not identified a suitable solution to this challenge
  • Propose a research project on this topic which has an appropriate research design for the question being asked, and can be feasibly answered given the financial resources and time that the applicant can dedicate to the project
  • Write a summary of their project which is clear, concrete, and accessible to scholars outside their own field
  • The Mawazo Institute is committed to non-discrimination in the application review process.  There is no cost to submit an application to the PhD Scholars programme.
Deadline: applications close February 2, 2018.

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