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Offer: Fellowship: Advanced Research Fellowships, 2012, CODESRIA Higher Education Leadership Programme (Deadline: 15th Sep, 2012)

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is pleased to announce the 2012 session of its Advanced Research Fellowship Programme in the framework of the Higher Education Leadership Programme (HELP), and to invite interested scholars based in African universities and research centres to submit applications for consideration.


The HELP Advanced Research Fellowship programme is designed to contribute to the reinforcement and promotion of a culture of concentrated and extended reflection among African scholars on issues revolving around higher education leadership and governance in Africa. The programme particularly targets the younger generation of post-doctoral African scholars interested in carrying out advanced research on aspects related to higher education leadership in Africa. The programme is open to candidates from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, in higher education institutions situated within the countries that are covered in the current phase of the programme. The countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Through the programme, support is offered to scholars interested in charting new research directions or extending on-going research to new heights, with the expectation that this will contribute immensely to enriching the state of knowledge about different aspects of the historical and contemporary challenges and transformations in the governance and leadership of higher education institutions. Candidates are free to determine the theme on which they wish to work and to specify their preferred methodology for doing so. In identifying candidates whose applications should be supported, emphasis will be placed on the potential for their proposals to lead to the production of new/original insights. The fellowship will cover a period of one year, at the end of which a report of publishable quality shall be submitted for evaluation. Each report is expected to be between 70,000 and 80,000 words long and, if accepted for publication, will be included in the CODESRIA Monograph Series. For the year 2012, the Council will be awarding six fellowships of a maximum value of USD 8,000 each.


To be eligible, candidates are expected to be holders of a doctoral degree in any of the social sciences and humanities. All applicants are required to be affiliated to an African university or research institution within the countries covered under this programme.

Requirements for Application

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following documents:

a) Research Proposal A research proposal of between 10 and 15 pages which should be a clear statement of the work to be undertaken, the problematic that underpins it, the significance of the study vis-à-vis the existing literature, the methodology to be employed, implications of the methodological approach adopted for the empirical research to be undertaken and the expected output. Candidates are expected to have a thorough knowledge of the relevant social science or humanities literature, and strongly encouraged to indicate the innovative or original dimensions which they hope their study will yield. A detailed presentation of the epistemological foundations of the research will also be considered as an added advantage.

b) Work Programme The duration of each fellowship is one year, effective from the date of award. Each application should be accompanied by a detailed work programme spread over a period of 12 months beginning from the date of award of the fellowship.

c) Budget Applicants are required to provide a detailed budget – up to a maximum of USD8, 000 – which includes the research and dissemination costs they expect to incur throughout the duration of their fellowship. The budget should be structured to reflect the disbursement formula the Council intends to apply: paying 50% of the fellowship amount upon signature of the award contract, 25% upon receipt of a satisfactory scientific progress report, and the remaining 25% per cent upon receipt of the final revised version of the research results. In addition to the costs of fieldwork and book acquisition, candidates are encouraged to consider integrating participation in one international conference relevant to their research preoccupation in the budgetary framework of their study. The final choice of the conference to be attended will be made in close consultation with the CODESRIA Department of Training, Grants and Fellowships, on the understanding that requests for support to participate in such an international conference will only be entertained by CODESRIA after the receipt of a first complete draft of the final report of the fellow for which feedback from the international scientific community might be elicited for possible revision.

d) Reference Letters Applications should be accompanied by three reference letters, one of which should be from the candidate’s dean confirming institutional affiliation and others from scholars who are familiar with the applicants’ work and are in a position to attest to their institutional affiliation and competence to undertake this kind of work. Where possible, candidates are requested to include at least one reference from a scholar based outside their countries of residence.

e) Curriculum Vitae Each candidate should submit a detailed curriculum vitae showing clearly the candidate’s research publications and participation in research network/activities. Copies of certificates obtained by candidates should be included in the application.

f) Copy of Doctoral Certificate Applicants should include a copy of their doctoral degree certificate as part of their application documents. CODESRIA reserves the right to cross-check the actual date on which candidates completed their studies in order to determine their eligibility for the fellowship programme.

g) Candidate’s Commitment Letter A one-page letter is expected from each applicant, affirming his/her readiness to submit a monograph-length scientific report of between 70,000 and 80,000 words as the outcome of the research carried out under the grant. The letter should also show the applicant’s commitment to carrying out all revisions arising from the peer-review of their report in a timely manner, and affirm his/her understanding that the final version of the report will be published in the Monograph Series.

Selection Process

All applications received will be reviewed by an independent Selection Committee comprising eminent scholars. All candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process.

Deadline for the Receipt of Applications All applications should be received not later than 15th September, 2012. The results of the selection panel will be sent out to the applicants by 30th September 2012.Applications should be addressed to:

The HELP Advanced Research Fellowship
BP 3304, CP 18524
Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221- 33 825 98 22/23
Fax: +221-33 824 12 89
E-Mail: helpadvanced.fellowship(at)

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