IMG 20221025 WA0003 - African Peace Building Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2023

African Peace Building Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2023



The African Peace Building Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research fellowship applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions; or regional, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies or organizations based in Africa.

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  • All aspirants for the African Peace Building Network must be African citizens currently residing in an African country. This competition is open to African academics, as well as policy analysts and practitioners.


  • Applicants who are academics must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization, and have a Ph.D. obtained no earlier than January 2013.


  • Applicants who are policy analysts or practitioners must be based in Africa at a regional or sub-regional institution; a government agency; or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization, and have at least a master’s degree obtained before January 2018, with at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.

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  • Fellowships are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2023 to December 2023. Up to seventeen (17) individual fellowships of a maximum of $15,000 each will be awarded. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Support is available for research and analysis on the following issues:


  • 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;
  • State Building, Nation-building, Identities, and the citizenship question;
  • Transitional justice, reconciliation, and peace;
  • 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


Application Procedure


Application Deadline: February 10, 2023


All applications must be uploaded through our Online Open Water portal. 




  • 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)


If you encounter any difficulties accessing the online portal, please contact APN staff at 


For More Information:


Visit the Official Webpage of the African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships


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