2015 CODESIRA Strengthening Phd Programmes in African Universities

Application Deadline: 21st August, 2015

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the call for applications from research laboratories and doctoral schools in African universities for the first phase of its initiative to support research in the social sciences and humanities.

The support initiative is geared towards alleviating the problems faced by many African universities with respect to research funding, quality and relevance of training in the context of globalization, liberalization and internationalization of higher education. Population pressure on higher education institutions has become a constant concern for African governments and tertiary education needs will continue to increase due to the growing youth population on the continent. Such problems have also become acute because of the so-called brain drain phenomenon.

The objective of this initiative is to restore and/or enhance the seminar culture within research laboratories, doctoral schools in African universities, while encouraging the use of multi and interdisciplinary approaches. Clearly, it is about eradicating the consultancy culture and addressing the challenges of reconstructing an environment conducive to social science research.

After a rigorous selection exercise by an international independent selection committee, selected research laboratories and doctoral schools will receive a grant of 10,000 dollars from CODESRIA, which is expected to be used for:

  • the purchase of books and journals for the benefit of the entire academic community;
  • a scientific seminar exposing PhD students to relevant literature, current debates, and theoretical approaches in relation to a given topic;
  • a methodology seminar, and
  • a scientific writing workshop

Application Procedure:

  • Research laboratories affiliated to doctoral schools and training institutions in African universities can also apply for the benefit of their PhD students.
  • Applications should consist of a proposal that indicates the research environment at the university where they come from, the theme to be covered by the scientific seminar and specific areas to be addressed by lecturers at workshops (methodology and scientific writing), and the expected results.
  • Applications should also include the list of PhD students who are expected to benefit from the seminars and workshops, their thesis topics and their institutional affiliation, as well as a budget with clearly defined and justified lines.
  • At the end of the series of seminars, it is expected that a scientific report and a financial report will be submitted to CODESRIA, as well as electronic copies of the papers presented by members of the seminars’ pedagogic supervision team which will be disseminated on the Council’s website and through its publications programme.

ll applications must be received by CODESRIA not later than 21 August, 2015. Application will be submitted to an independent jury.

All Applications should be sent electronically to the following address: [email protected] .

For further inquiries, please contact:
BP: 3304, Dakar
CP 18524 – Senegal.
Tel: +221-33 825.98.22/23
Fax: +221-33 824.12.89
E-mail: [email protected]

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