The Social Science Research Council offers 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.


  • All applicants must be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country while holding a current faculty position at an accredited college or university in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • Applicants for any of the funding opportunities offered through this program must have a master’s degree and be working toward completion of the doctoral degree
  • The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply
  • To be eligible for the $15,000 dissertation completion fellowship, applicants must be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter.

Application Process:

If you are interested in applying, please download the Application Form and Application Guidelines from their website. See link below.

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.

Worth of Awards

The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to $15,000USD to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.

Deadline: August 31, 2011.

For inquiries contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: [email protected]

For more information, and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.

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