Deadline: 1 February 2022
Open to: senior African academics and researchers based at universities, training and policy institutions in Africa
Benefits: a maximum award of $60,000
The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship is an initiative and key complement to the field-based and networking components of the APN’s programming. This fellowship responds to the need for deep collaboration and engagement of researchers and practitioners on peacebuilding challenges in Africa. It also seeks to connect research to policy, promote mentoring of junior scholars by senior colleagues, foster networking between scholars and practitioners and to increase the likelihood of impacting policy through the knowledge-production process.
Collaborative working groups are expected to produce research-based knowledge and publications that are relevant to—and have a significant impact on—peacebuilding scholarship, policy, and practice on the continent. For its part, the APN will work towards inserting the evidence-based knowledge that this group produces into regional and global debates and policies on peacebuilding.
The APN will support the working group in undertaking original policy-relevant research that focuses on the design, implementation, and impact of peacebuilding mechanisms and processes in conflict-affected African countries and sub-regions. Support is available for research, convening of scholar-practitioner meetings and analysis of issues such as the following:
- Local peacebuilding cultures, mechanisms, and practices;
- Inequality, poverty, and natural resource conflict;
- UN-AU-African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) cooperation on peace and security issues;
- African Governance Architecture (AGA) and African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA);
- Women, peace, and security;
- Transnationalization, migration, youth radicalization, extremism and violence;
- Climate change, peace and security;
- Early Warning and Response Systems; and
- Building synergies between mediation practice and research.
Applicants must be scholars or practitioners based in Africa, with the lead investigator based at or affiliated with an African university. The competition will be open to joint researcher-practitioner teams (of six members) made up of Africans based at or affiliated with universities; regional organizations; government agencies; or nongovernmental, media, or civil society organizations on the continent. While the lead investigator must have a PhD, other members of the research group may be junior lecturers and practitioners, whom are expected to hold at least a master’s degree with two or more years of work experience.
It is expected that teams reflect diversity as much as possible, and include individuals from a range of professional, institutional, national, regional, disciplinary, gender, and generational backgrounds and experiences. The project should also leverage strong mentoring relationships between senior and junior members of the team, while encouraging both scholarly and practitioner participation as well as engagement with universities and regional practitioner/policy institutions.
Team members, either individually or jointly, are also strongly encouraged to contribute to the APN’s Working Paper series, Policy Briefing Note series, digital forum Kujenga Amani, and social media platforms.
One APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship will be supported by a maximum award of $60,000 for a period of eighteen months. Funding should be used to support new field research, training activities, the review of relevant literature, and the production and dissemination of a range of outputs, from policy briefs and reports to best-practice models, as well as academic publications.
HOW TO APPLY?
For more details, please visit the official website.