Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant Program

Deadline: 15 January 2012
Open to: Master’s or PhD students enrolled in an African university or a Canadian university
Grant: Up to CAD$10,000 each to fifteen students per year

Description

The Africa Initiative (AI) is a Joint program of CIGI and Makerere University (MAK) and was started to contribute to the deepening of Africa’s capacity and knowledge in five thematic areas—conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration and climate change. The program includes field-based research, strategic partnerships, and online collaboration and focuses on supporting innovative research and researchers.

Applications are currently being invited from interested candidates for Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant Program. This program has been designed to support innovative, policy-relevant research on Africa conducted by graduate students enrolled in a Canadian or African university. The grant is offered to up to thirty recipients each year. Each recipient spends as many as three months in Africa or Canada conducting research funded by the program.

Students enrolled in a university in Africa

The Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant program is now accepting applications for research to be conducted between April and September, 2012. The application deadline is Janury 15, 2012.

The Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant program supports short-term academic placements for students enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program at African universities. The program offers grants of up to CAD$10,000 each to fifteen students per year to conduct  research for up to three months at Canadian universities.

As part of their application for the grant, applicants are expected to self-identify professors and experts they would like to work with at universities in Canada and are required to submit an official letter of support from the university where they wish to be based.

Please refer to the program guidelines for detailed information about the application process and program requirements.

Eligibility

  • must be a Master’s or PhD student enrolled in an African university
  • must be in good academic standing (with at least an overall B standing, or equivalent)
  • proposed research must be original and timely, and must focus on one or more of the thematic areas of conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration, and climate change

Grant

The program offers grants of up to CAD$10,000 each to fifteen students per year to conduct  research for up to three months at Canadian universities.

Application

Theapplication requirements (all documents must be in English) are the following:

  • completed application form
  • written proposal (maximum 5 pages) summarizing the applicant’s proposed research, including objective; methodology; expected results; timeline; proposed research plan in Canada; and an overview of the expected host university’s involvement with the proposed research
  • current CV
  • university transcript from 2010 to 2011
  • one invitation letter from the expected host university granting visiting scholar status
  • two letters of recommendations (one letter from the applicant’s academic advisor in Africa and one letter from an academic or professional source; all references must be emailed by the referee to [email protected])
  • passport scan
  • writing sample (can be any written research work authored by the applicant)

Applications must be submitted by the application deadline via email to [email protected]. Application materials must be submitted in a single email (with the exception of references) with each attachment clearly titled. The Africa Initiative will acknowledge receipt of all applications within 48 hours of receipt.

Deadline for applications is 15 January 2012.

Contact

All inquiries can be addressed to:

Ibi Brown (Ms.)
Exchange Program Coordinator, The Centre for International Governance Innovation
[email protected]

The Official Website

 

Students enrolled in a university in Canada

The Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant program is now accepting applications for research to be conducted between April and September, 2012. The application deadline is Janury 15, 2012. 

The Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant program supports short-term academic placements for students enrolled in a Master’s and PhD program at a university in Canada.  The program offers grants of up to CAD$10,000 each to fifteen students per year to conduct field-based research for up to three months in Africa.

Please refer to the program guidelines for detailed information about the application process and program requirements.

Eligibility

  • must be a Master’s or PhD student enrolled in a Canadian university
  • must be in good academic standing (with at least an overall B, or equivalent, standing)
  • proposed research must be original and timely and focus on one or more of the thematic areas of conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration, and climate change

Grant

The program offers grants of up to CAD$10,000 each to fifteen students per year to conduct field-based research for up to three months in Africa.

Application

The application requirements (all documents must be in English) are the following:

  • completed application form
  • written proposal (maximum 5 pages) summarizing the applicant’s proposed research, including objective; methodology; expected results; timeline of field-based research in Africa; and an overview of the expected host organization’s involvement with the proposed research
  • current CV
  • university transcript from 2010 to 2011
  • one letter of support from the host organization the applicant plans to work with in the proposed destination country; the supporting letter must be in electronic format on the organization’s letterhead and should outline the name, title and contact information of the person signing it; it should also detail preliminary interaction and action plan for the proposed research
  • two letters of recommendation (one letter from the applicant’s academic advisor in Canada and one letter from an academic or professional source; all references must be emailed by the referee to [email protected])
  • passport scan
  • writing sample (can be any written research work authored by the applicant)

NOTE: The grant is available for research in the countries listed below. Proposals will not be approved in regions with travel advisories by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) recommending to avoid non-essential or all travel. The grant may be withheld if a travel advisory arises after concession of the grant and before travel. For up-to-date information and travel advisories, visit: www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia

Applications must be submitted by the application deadline via email to [email protected]. Application materials must be submitted in a single email (with the exception of references) with each attachment clearly titled. The Africa Initiative will acknowledge receipt of all applications within 48 hours of receipt.

Deadline for applications is 15 January 2012.

Contact

All inquiries can be addressed to:

Ibi Brown (Ms.)
Exchange Program Coordinator, The Centre for International Governance Innovation
[email protected]

The Official Website

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