2022 APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship

Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites applications from senior African academics and researchers based at universities, training and policy institutions in Africa to assemble and lead collaborative research projects intended to inform policy and practice on conflict and peacebuilding on the continent.

The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship is an initiative and key complement to the field-based and networking components of the APN’s programming. This fellowship responds to the need for deep collaboration and engagement of researchers and practitioners on peacebuilding challenges in Africa. It also seeks to connect research to policy, promote mentoring of junior scholars by senior colleagues, foster networking between scholars and practitioners and to increase the likelihood of impacting policy through the knowledge-production process.

The APN will support the working group in undertaking original policy-relevant research that focuses on the design, implementation, and impact of peacebuilding mechanisms and processes in conflict-affected African countries and sub-regions. Support is available for research, convening of scholar-practitioner meetings and analysis of issues such as the following:

  • Local peacebuilding cultures, mechanisms, and practices
  • Inequality, poverty, and natural resource conflict
  • UN-AU-African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) cooperation on peace and security issues
  • African Governance Architecture (AGA) and African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)
  • Women, peace, and security
  • Transnationalization, migration, youth radicalization, extremism and violence; 
  • Climate change, peace and security
  • Early Warning and Response Systems
  • Building synergies between mediation practice and research.


  1. Applicants must be scholars or practitioners based in Africa, with the lead investigator based at or affiliated with an African university.
  2. The competition will be open to joint researcher-practitioner teams (of six members) made up of Africans based at or affiliated with universities; regional organizations; government agencies; or nongovernmental, media, or civil society organizations on the continent.
  3. While the lead investigator must have a PhD, other members of the research group may be junior lecturers and practitioners, whom are expected to hold at least a master’s degree with two or more years of work experience.


One APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship will be supported by a maximum award of $60,000 for a period of eighteen months.


The university-based lead investigator of the collaborative working group, who must also be a senior academic or senior practitioner with a strong research background in African peace and security studies, should submit an application on behalf of the group through the SSRC’s Online Open Water Application Portal. Required application materials include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Lead Investigator’s CV
  • Research Proposal & Bibliography
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • List of All Team Members, including their names, affiliations, professional backgrounds, and highest degree levels attained
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Language evaluation(s) (if required)

All applications must be uploaded through their online portal and must be submitted in English, with the exception of reference letters, which much be accompanied by an English translation if not originally written in English.


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