POSSIBLE- Africa Fellowship Programme 2023( up to USD 65,000 funding)

Deadline: December 11, 2022

Deadline: December 11, 2022

Applications open for thePreparing Outstanding Social Science Investigators to Benefit Lives and Environments in Africa Fellowship Programme 2023 (POSSIBLE- Africa Fellowship Programme). Submit straight away!

The POSSIBLE-Africa Fellowship Programme a 24-month early postdoctoral (graduated within the last 5–10 years) fellowship opportunity for distinguished African social scientists and humanists who propose studies that aim to produce data to guide sustainable development on the African continent.

The Science for Africa Foundation’s (SFA Foundation) POSSIBLE-Africa program carried out with financial assistance from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowship opportunity also fits in with SFA Foundation’s mission to address the continent’s most urgent developmental needs by producing knowledge that helps people make decisions and solve problems.

A critical mass of independent African research leaders in the SS&H is what the fellowship aims to create in order to lead science initiatives both domestically and internationally. These leaders will be able to effectively interact with funders, policy makers, communities, and other stakeholders. They will also be able to mentor and oversee the next generation of African researchers.

The objectives of the fellowship programme are: 
  • To form a high-quality and equitable cohort of postdoctoral fellows in the social sciences and humanities (SS&H). 
  • To develop emerging independent research leaders and enhance training in SS&H. 
  • To establish a SS&H advisory board to guide POSSIBLE Africa fellowships and other SS&H initiatives of SFA Foundation. 
  • The first phase of the POSSIBLE-Africa fellowship programme will run over a period of 24 months; starting in October 2023 and closing in September 2025. 
  • The POSSIBLE-Africa fellowship programme will provide funding of up to USD 65,000 to 15-25 emerging SS&H leaders to conduct research addressing topics related to regional goals and those of SFA Foundation.


Fellow eligibility

  • African Scholars who have completed their PhD in any SS&H discipline in the last 5-10 years prior to the application date eligible to submit a proposal for funding through the POSSIBLE-Africa fellowship programme.
  • Applicants must be citizens of any African countries.
  • Applicants must have an affiliation (academic or non-academic) with an African Institute of higher learning or research Centre in any African Country.
  • Females encouraged to apply, similarly scholars from marginalized and disadvantages groups. 

Host institution eligibility

  • The fellowship hosted by an African higher education institution (HEI) or academic research centre.
  • Fellowships must be hosted by a HEI or research centre that has a strong track record of producing and managing research and a conducive research system (e.g., administrative support, good financial governance system and regular intellectual events).

Supervisor eligibility

  • The fellow’s supervisor or host academic must be an established researcher who is recognized globally as an expert in their field.

For further information, visit SFA Foundation

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