The Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) 2020 Emerging African Scholars’ Virtual PhD Workshop

Application Deadline: May 22nd 2020

The Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) and the Association For Research On Nonprofit Organizations And Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), in partnership with the Ford Foundation, have established the Emerging African Scholars (EAS) Program in Africa. The program includes a virtual PhD Workshop for professional development and sharpening of students’ research skills.

PhD Workshop

The PhD Workshop is a full-day virtual professional development and intellectually engaging workshop. The workshop seeks to provide guidance for emerging scholars on the path to a successful career, help sharpen their research skills and address the challenges that African PhD students face.

The GOAL is to provide scholarly research support, professional advice and mentoring for doctoral students in the field of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship and voluntary action studies.


The program is open to doctoral students from Africa whose research focus is on nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship and voluntary action studies in AfricaStudents at the various under-listed stages in their doctoral program are encouraged to apply:

  • Students who have defended a dissertation proposal
  • Students who have not yet defended a dissertation proposal
  • Students whose dissertation plans are not yet fully formed

Applicants are required to apply for the PhD Workshop through the electronic application on the AROCSA website.  Applications must include the following:

  1. 5-page description of dissertation research or proposed research outline (double space, 12pt font with one inch margins)
  2. Brief Statement of Purpose, outlining how the student expects to benefit from participation in the PhD Workshop
  3. Recommendation from student’s dissertation advisor/faculty advisor

*Please compile your 5-page description, your Statement of Purpose and

recommendation letter in one PDF document before submitting.Click here to submit Application

Selection Criteria

Slots in the workshop are limited. Selection of candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Potential quality and impact of proposed research
  2. Centrality of the work to philanthropy, nonprofit management, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies in Africa.
  3. Potential for the student to gain from the workshop

NB: This workshop is free of charge. Please ensure you have suitable internet facilities to connect to the virtual workshop on 30th July, 2020.

* Selected candidates MUST: Participate in the full day virtual PhD Workshop, from 0800 GMT – 15h00 GMT

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AROCSA 2020 Emerging African Scholars (EAS) Program in Africa.


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