ADDO invites applications for the African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) Research Fellowships in 2022.

ADDO is offering research grants and technical support for evidence-driven analysis into how malign actors are using coordinated disinformation and propaganda or other influence/information operations to fuel conflict across 21 African countries.

Worth of Award

The research fellowships come with a grant of $5,000 to $10,000 per project, along with

  • additional access to ADDO forensic analysts,
  • data scientists and open source intelligence (OSINT) researchers, as well as
  • to machine learning tools for social listening or data/network analysis.


Individual researchers, multidisciplinary teams, or research organisations that work in African countries, or that are affiliated with African-based partners can apply.

This includes post-doc or other senior researchers, early-career researchers who have substantive published work, investigative journalists/analysts, or OSINT researchers who are affiliated with an institution (supported by a letter confirming oversight) with domain expertise on disinformation or other information disorder issues.

Applications in Arabic, English or French are eligible.

How to Apply

The envisioned road map for application for the African Digital Democracy Observatory research fellowship will be:

  • Submit your elevator pitch using this simple form.
  • Submit a more detailed proposal if invited.
  • Commence the research fellowship, with technical support from ADDO’s forensic analysis and machine learning teams.
  • Present initial/iterative research insights/findings at ADDO seminars and other industry events.
  • Publish final research report on a publicly accessible platform, and present the results at appropriate public fora.

Deadline: The application process uses rolling deadlines, with proposals reviewed and shortlisted as they are submitted, with a final cut-off date of October 15,  2022.


Click here for more details and to apply