Early-Career African Academics Scholarships

Information of Early-Career African Academics Doctoral Scholarships – Carnegie Corporation of New York is funding three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career African academics working on peace, security and development issues.

The 3 fellowships are:

  1. Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship: assists short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.
  2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship: assists 9 – 12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.
  3. Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship: assists a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities with a stipend of up to US$15,000 to facilitate the completion of a dissertation that advances boundaries of knowledge of interest to peace, security, and development issues.

The three Fellowships, in addition, seek to promote diversity, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

NUMBER OF AWARD(S): About 45 fellowships are offered annually.

DURATION OF AWARD(S): They are offered annually. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship covers a period of 9-12 months.


  • Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship: Applicants must be admitted to a graduate program but have yet to formally commence the dissertation research.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship: Applicants must have an approved dissertation proposal but should not have spent 9 or more months on the research.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Applicants must be in the final year of writing and should have completed at least one chapter of the thesis.
  • Please note: Only applicants that are citizens and residents of a sub-Saharan African country and holding current faculty positions at an accredited college or university in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda are eligible to apply for this PhD Fellowship.
  • Applicants for any of the funding opportunities offered through this program must have a master’s degree and be working towards the completion of a doctoral degree.


Proposals should:

Offer clear and concise descriptions of the thesis and its significance; reflect a thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodological approaches of  relevance 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.

How to Apply For Early-Career African Academics Scholarships 2013:

All applications must be submitted using this online application portal:http://soap.ssrc.org/

Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1, 2013.

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