WGAPE Small Research Grants 2022 for African researchers

Deadline: October 15th 2022

Deadline: October 15th 2022

WGAPE is pleased to announce a Small Grant Program for junior African researchers to explore a question of interest in African political economy. They invite submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics.

WGAPE Small Research Grants 2022 Successful proposals will include a quantitative, empirical component. Research that is purely theoretical or qualitative not funded under this RFP; however, mixed-methods research designs accepted.

They expect projects to be self-contained, completed and result in a working paper within one year from the disbursement of funds. Thus, while they would be pleased if these grants serve as a springboard for a larger or more long-term research project, funding is designed to support a discrete research project rather than provide seed funding for future grant applications.

  • Receive between $6,000 and $9,000 USD in support
  • Applicants matched with a senior researcher from the WGAPE organizers or executive committee, who will provide feedback and general guidance on the project.
  • The lead investigator of each funded project will present their research design during the 2023 WGAPE Annual Meeting, held in June or July 2023.


Eligibility is restricted to junior African scholars, who are pre-PhD, in a PhD program, or within five years of receiving their PhD.  This refers to individuals who are

  • Currently studying at a university or research institute in Africa, and/or
  • Currently teach at an African university or research institute.

Junior African scholars collaborating with scholars based outside of Africa eligible to apply for this grant; however, if awarded, funds will be transferred directly to the Africa-based applicant. Given that the objective of the program is to support junior African scholars, collaborations with non-African researchers will receive additional scrutiny.

 Unaffiliated researchers (i.e., those who do not study, teach, or conduct research at a university, international institution, center, or government department) are not eligible to apply.


By 11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on October 15th, 2022, submit the application via this link.

The form includes:

  • Name, email address, current affiliation(s), and eligibility criteria for primary investigator as well as other research team members.
  • Project title
  • Research proposal: This proposal narrative must not exceed three (3) pages in length and should be written in Times font, Size 11 and may be single-spaced. The proposal narrative saved as a separate file named LastName_WGAPE_Proposal.
  • Detailed budget:A budget template click here. The budget should be saved as a separate file named LastName_WGAPE_Budget.
  • Potential mentors: All successful applicants will be matched with a project mentor, most likely from among the WGAPE organizers and executive committee.
  • Connection to WGAPE themes: Briefly describe how your research project advances the study of political economy in Africa, in line with WGAPE focus areas.

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