African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Fellowships 2023

Deadline: February 10, 2023

Deadline: February 10, 2023

Apply now for the African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Fellowships 2023.

African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions, as well as regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations based in Africa, are invited to apply for research fellowships through the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

The APN, for its part, aims to incorporate the fact-based knowledge that recipients of fellowship awards develop into regional and international discussions and policies pertaining to peacebuilding. The program also aims to create an extremely visible and active network of African academics and professionals that can push African viewpoints and voices onto the global ideas, information, and techniques for promoting peace.

The following topics are supported for research and analysis.
  • Causes, drivers, actors, and trajectories of violent conflict;
  • Natural resource conflict: community, national and regional dimensions
  • Geopolitics and histories of conflict, conflict mediation and peace;
  • Minorities, under-represented groups, and the social dynamics of conflict and peace;
  • Climate Change, Energy Transitions, Conflict and Peace
  • Religion and peace
  • Resilience, conflict prevention and transformation;
  • State and non-state armed actors, transnational crime, extremism, displacement and migration;
  • Post-conflict elections, democratization, governance and development;
  • Statebuilding, Nationbuilding, Identities and the citizenship question;
  • Transitional justice, reconciliation, and peace;

Further more

  • The economic and financial dimensions of peace support operations and post-conflict reconstruction;
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs), regionalism and peace;
  • UN-AU-REC Partnerships and Peacebuilding Architectures ;
  • Digital media, technology, war and peace;
  • Cultures, media, and art(s) of peace;
  • Women, youth and peacebuilding;
  • Water politics, conflict and peace;
  • Theater, Music and Peace
  • Human mobilities, insecurities and peace
  • Peace Education and African Futures
  • Prevention of mass atrocities; and
  • Diseases, Politics and Peace
  • Fellowships are designed to finance six months of field-based research from June 2023 to December 2023 and are given out on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis. There could be as many as seventeen (17) separate fellowships, each worth a maximum of $15,000.Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • All applicants must be citizens of Africa who are presently resident in an African nation. Academics from Africa as well as policy analysts and practitioners are eligible to enter this competition.
  • Academic applicants must have a PhD that was earned no earlier than January 2013 and hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization. The cases of applicants who have not received their PhDs before February 10, 2023, will not be given priority for academic eligibility.
  • Policy analysts and practitioners must be based in Africa and work for a regional or sub-regional institution, government agency, non-governmental, media organization, or civil society organization. They must also have at least a master’s degree from before January 2018 and at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.
  • Recipients required to attend two mandatory seminars hosted by the APN during the fellowship duration. These workshops will give participants the chance to improve their research methods, designs, and focuses; present their findings; consider how to make their work more accessible to various constituencies involved in peacebuilding through publications and other means; network; and establish positive working relationships with other fellows, senior academics, and practitioner facilitators.
  • Additionally, fellows encouraged to make contributions to the APN’s Working Paper and Policy Briefing Note series, as well as to the program’s online discussion boards and social media accounts (Kujenga Amani, Facebook, and Twitter).

Required documents

  • Completed Application Form
  • Research Proposal & Bibliography
  • Expected publication(s)
  • Current CV
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Language Evaluation(s) (if required)

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