sha Next Generation Social Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship in 2022

Next Generation Social Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship in 2022

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) offers the Doctoral dissertation proposal fellowships in 2022 to support the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development.

The program features a thematic focus on peacesecurity, and development in order to renew basic research agendas and strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these issues.

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. They envisions supporting a diverse set of projects that shed light on a range of economic, political, social, conflict and peacebuilding processes using evidence-based research.


Some projects will examine large-scale phenomena and others small-scale social processes. The strongest projects typically will explore connections across these scales. Some research projects will rigorously explore elements of governance, civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms/institutions and processes, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, emerging trajectories and forms of conflict, insecurities, and human mobilities. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

Worth of Award

  • The fellowships support short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.
  • This program also includes two workshops each year that have been designed to create fellows’ networks, help fellows refine, develop and strengthen research questions, match research methods to questions, engage key literature in their fields, and finalize their doctoral research proposals.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • be enrolled, or intend to enrol by the time of the award, and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • hold a master’s degree at the time of application
  • As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education in Africa, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.
  • The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

How to Apply

  • All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.
  • Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display a 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 and related disciplines.
  • Fellows must be willing to attend at least one workshop sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly engage in scholarly reflections, writing and publications. They anticipate awarding up to 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.
  • For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: [email protected]

Deadline: The next application deadline is February 1, 2022.

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