SSRC African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grants 2017 for African Researchers ($15,000)

Application Deadline: 11:59pm (EST) on January 5, 2018.

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant 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 in Africa.

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

  • The root causes of conflict, conflict prevention, and transformation;
  • State and non-state armed actors, transnational crime, extremism, displacement, and emerging trajectories of conflict;
  • Post-conflict elections, democratization, and governance;
  • The relationship between peacebuilding and statebuilding, including state-society relations and state reconstruction;
  • Transitional justice, reconciliation, and peace;
  • The economic and financial dimensions of conflict, peacekeeping, and peace support operations;
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and peacebuilding;
  • UN-AU-REC cooperation and Peace Support Operations;
  • Digital media, technology, and peace;
  • Gender and peacebuilding;
  • Health, post-conflict development, peace, and security;
  • The prevention of mass atrocities; and,
  • Cultures of peace.

Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from June 2018 to December 2018. Up to fifteen (15) individual grants of a maximum of $15,000 each will be awarded. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • All applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country, and either an academic researcher, or a policy analyst or practitioner.
  • Academic applicants must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research institute, and have a PhD obtained no earlier than January 2007.
  • Policy analyst and practitioner applicants must be based in Africa at a regional or subregional institution; a government agency; or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization; have at least a master’s degree obtained before January 2012; and have at least five years of proven research and work experience in peacebuilding-related activities on the continent.

Research Grant Proposals

The APN is interested in innovative field-based projects that demonstrate strong potential for high-quality research and analysis, which in turn can inform practical action on peacebuilding and/or facilitate inter-regional collaboration and networking among African researchers and practitioners.


  • Completed Application Form
  • Research Proposal & Bibliography
  • Current CV
  • Proposed Research Timeline
  • Proposed Research Budget
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Language Evaluation(s) (if required)

All materials must be submitted no later than 11:59pm (EST) on January 5, 2018.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grants 2017




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