To view available EASST funding and research opportunities and learn more about grants available through EASST, go here. To view opportunities available at the Center for Effective Global Action, go here.
Other Opportunities Available to East African Researchers
February 2018 Announcements: 1. NEW! February 2nd: The Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme for Women in Kenya The Mawazo PhD Scholars programme is a one-year, non-residential fellowship aimed at women pursuing PhD studies at Kenyan universities. The goal of this programme is to build a strong pipeline of future researchers who are prepared to ask insightful questions about African development, and effectively communicate their results to both government and industry leaders and the general public. We welcome applications from women in any academic discipline, with a preference for research projects focused on development-related topics.
The application for the 2018 PhD Scholars cohort is now open. All applications must be submitted through our online portal. We will not accept applications submitted via email or in hard copy. The application deadline is 11.59 pm EAT on Friday, 2 February 2018. Applicants will be notified of the final decision on their application by 16 February 2018.
Eligibility: You should apply for the Mawazo PhD Scholars programme if you are:
A woman under the age of 40 (as of 1 January 2018)
A citizen of an African country
Enrolled in a PhD programme at a Kenyan university, in any department
Working on or about to begin working on an academic research project which is related to African development, and which is intended for publication
Currently living in Kenya, or otherwise able to travel to Nairobi at least two times per month for the rest of 2018
Click here for more information on the application process.
2. NEW! February 22nd: CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program- Call for Applications The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a Canadian-based global organization, brings together 370 researchers from 18 countries to work in collaborative research programs that address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. CIFAR is pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Applications to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program: a new opportunity for exceptional early career researchers.
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:
$100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support.
A two-year membership in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders
Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from a range of disciplines
Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
Specialized leadership and communications skills training, and support to put skills into action.
Eligibility: Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. Deadline: Applications must be submitted before 22nd February 2018.
3. NEW! March 15th: 2018 Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) Fellowship Program The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Cornell University are calling for concept proposals for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program. The STAARS project is a collaboration with Cornell University, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), and the World Bank. PIM has established a collaboration agreement with Cornell University to provide technical mentorship and support for selected early-career African researchers. The STAARS Fellowship began in 2016 and to date has supported 14 fellows from diverse backgrounds.
Scope of Research: Perspective STAARS fellows are invited to develop proposals in the following thematic areas:
Dynamics of agriculture input use, technological change, and productivity growth in Africa south of the Sahara.
Rural factor market performance, labor exits and productivity in Africa south of the Sahara.
Food security, nutrition and health linkages in Africa south of the Sahara.
Poverty dynamics and resilience against shocks in Africa south of the Sahara.
Eligibility: The call is open for early-career African researchers, either late stage Ph.D. students or those who completed their Ph.D. in 2013 or later. Researchers must be based and working in Africa, with priority given to proposals relating to the research themes indicated above. Qualified female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. While a Ph.D. is not mandatory, STAARS encourages fresh Ph.D. graduates who can benefit from a mentorship and additional training. Fellows are expected to complete the proposed project by publishing findings as a working paper and submitting to a peer-reviewed journal by December 15, 2018. See here for more information on the application process.
4. NEW! March 26th: Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine This scheme provides junior researchers from low- and middle-income countries with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.
Eligibility: You can apply for a Master’s Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you:
Click here for more information on the application.
5. NEW! March 26th: International Conference on Economics and Development-Call for papers The 2nd International Conference on Economics and Development 2018 (ICED 2018) is the leading interdisciplinary platform for presentation of new and advanced research results in the fields of the Economics & development. The conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange & share their experience, knowledge on all aspects of Economics and development from all around the world.
The ICED 2018 is scheduled to be held from 20th – 21st of June 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka under the theme of “The Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda”. The organizing committee would cordially invite prospective participants to submit abstracts for consideration as oral, poster or virtual presentation.
6. NEW! March 31st: 2018 EASST Visiting Fellowship Competition The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. The EASST Collaborative invites African researchers to apply for a 4- month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 2018 (September – December), or Spring 2019 (January - May).
Our EASST fellows are able to audit courses, present research, attend seminars, develop curricula and design collaborative research projects. Fellows receive a living stipend, round-trip economy class air travel to Berkeley, CA, and the opportunity to receive seed funding promote impact evaluation at their home institution in East Africa.
To be eligible, researchers must be residents of an East African country (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda) and hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in East Africa. Applicants must already have a PhD or be working towards a PhD. Researchers from economics, epidemiology, statistics, and other quantitative social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. We will give preference to researchers interested in infectious diseases, agriculture, and digital financial inclusion. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply.
To read more about the fellowship and detailed application instructions, see the EASST 2018 Visiting Fellowship Announcement, here.
7. NEW! March 31st: Postdoctoral TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three (3) months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award. The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. DFG will cover health insurance, travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.
Applicants must hold a PhD and must have obtained it not earlier than 2013;
Applicants must be nationals of a sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa, and hold a research position in sub-Saharan Africa.
Applicants already on site in Germany are not eligible.
Successful applicants can only reapply once for another cooperation visit.
Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
All academic fields will be considered
Click here for more information on submitting your application.
8. Ongoing: February 1st: Higher Education and International Development Conference-Call for papers Higher education has been included in the Sustainable Development Goals, and there is the broad acknowledgment of its role in building just and prosperous societies. However, there is a lack of rigorous research on higher education in most lower-income countries, meaning that evidence is often insufficient to bring about policy changes. Furthermore, there are a number of contested trends in policy and practice, such as the growing presence of private providers, the emergence of new technologies (including MOOCs) , international rankings and concentration of research capacity in elite institutions. Hosted by the Centre for Education and International Development (UCL Institute of Education), this conference brings together academics and policymakers to present cutting-edge research in the field, discuss key issues and debate the role of higher education in sustainable development.
Date: Tuesday 19th June 2018 Location: UCL Institute of Education (London) The conference will address the following key themes:
The role of higher education in the Sustainable Development Goals
Expanding access to quality higher education in the context of resource constraints
Research gaps and priority areas for research investment
Impact of existing interventions and the role of external development agencies
The event will allow space for the presentation of original research papers, developmental workshops and an open forum. There will also be a keynote presentation by Prof. Teboho Moja of New York University (USA). Proposals are welcome for presentations on diverse aspects of higher education in low and middle-income countries, involving empirical research, policy analysis or theoretical engagement. Papers can be submitted explicitly to one of the following five themes, each affiliated with one of CEID’s thematic focus areas: 1. Equity in access and outcomes 2. Conflict and peacebuilding 3. Gender Equality 4. Health and well-being 5. Migration and mobility
Alternatively, papers can be submitted to the general pool on other topics (e.g. funding, technology, internationalization, teaching and learning, curriculum, the academic profession, employability, governance, research capacity building, and partnerships).
Proposals can be submitted either for a full paper presentation, a quickfire session (shorter in length, and designed to highlight work in progress), a poster presentation or a symposium (3-5 papers on a common theme). Please indicate in your submission which of these formats is preferred. For those unable to travel to London, there may be an opportunity to present via video link: please also indicate if you are interested in this opportunity. Click here for guidelines for submission and more information