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Nordic Africa Institute African Scholar Program for African Researchers



Applications are currently ongoing for the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) African Scholar Program for African Researchers. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

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Nordic Africa Institute African Scholar Program Details and FAQs

The Nordic Africa Institute invites applications from qualified African researchers for the position of Short term Researcher. The Nordic Africa Institute’s African Scholar Program is targeted at researchers based in Africa who need time and a conducive environment for finishing and writing up their ongoing research. It offers a Senior Researcher position at the Nordic Africa Institute for the duration of 12 months. The Nordic Africa Institute is looking for a qualified researcher from African universities and research institutions with demonstrable research interest.

The Senior Researcher under the Institute’s African Scholar Program will develop and execute research projects within at least one of the institute’s research thematic areas, namely:

  • Inclusive growth, poverty and inequality in urban and rural Africa
  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • Conflict, security and democratic transformation
  • Mobility and migration
  • Gender equaliy

The successful candidate might use the period of his/her employment at NAI to complete on-going research, develop new research projects, or complete articles, books or monograph manuscripts. The scholar-researcher should take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Nordic Africa Institute and expect to contribute meaningfully towards actualizing NAI’s vision and mandate in return.

When is the application deadline?

8th April 2019

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Sweden

What is the category of this opportunity?

PhD, Research

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

A PhD degree in a social science or humanities disciplines. The applicant should have a considerable experience of work on Africa-related issues.

  • A research/teaching position in university or research institution in Africa.
  • Strong writing ability and capacity to present complex issues in a readable form for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge of Africa’s scientific community, policy environment, and other relevant stakeholders and actors in Africa.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

How many scholarship awards are available?

1

What are the benefits of the award?

Salary is negotiable within the current levels at the institute.

What is the duration of the programme?

Contract period will be 12 months and expected start of date is October 1st, 2019.

How to Apply for the Programme:

The application should contain:

A. A proposal not exceeding 5 pages. It should include the applicant’s

1. Presentation of the on-going research project(s) – objective, questions, theory and method;

2. Work plan for the length of stay at the institute – detailing proposed intellectual activities, expected outputs (such as publication, dissemination activities, participation at seminar/workshop/conference activities, and policy engagements);

B. A complete CV with a list of scientific publications where it is clearly indicated which publications are formally considered as peer reviewed.

C. Copies of the applicant’s own publications relating to his/her research (a maximum of three publications).

D. Proof of networking and collaboration.

E. The names and addresses (phone, fax, e-mail) of at least two references.

As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their proposed research projects for the Nordic Africa Institute via Skype.

  • The application should be sent:
    a) preferably by email to nai-applications@nai.uu.se. (Including publications to the extent possible or by indication of internet addresses where they might be available).
    b) in hard copy by regular post to The Nordic Africa Institute, P. O. Box 1703, SE–751 47 Uppsala, Sweden.

Please note that the Institute promotes equal opportunities for all, and good representation of African regions. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program Details and FAQs

The Nordic Africa Institute offers research scholarships to African journalists, writers and researchers in Sweden. The purpose of the Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in Africa to pursue their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic milieux in African countries. The scholarship offers access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment. Through the programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can establish and maintain relations with and between African and Nordic research communities.

When is the application deadline?

1st April 2019.

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Uppsala, Sweden

What is the category of this opportunity?

Research

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  • The scholarship programme is directed at postdoctoral researchers based in Africa and engaged in Africa-oriented research within the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • The applicant should be affiliated to an African university/research center and have a proven track record of extensive research experience.
  • The Institute strives to achieve a fair distribution of scholarship positions in regards to gender and geographic focus.

What are the benefits of the award?

  • The scholarship includes a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 300 SEK (approx. 34 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approx. 280 USD) and access to a computer in a shared office at NAI.
  • The Institute’s library is specialized in literature on contemporary Africa and focuses on Social Sciences. Guest Researchers also have access to the Uppsala University Library, including their online resources, and to the Library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Guest Researchers have the possibility to present their research at the Nordic Africa Institute and to visit other institutions in the Nordic countries.

What is the duration of the program?

The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days, minimum is 60 days.

How to Apply for the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers’ Scholarship

  • Application form
  • Up-to-date CV, including list of publications (if available online, please include links)
  • Outline of research project, 5 pages:
    – A well elaborated research proposal; the research topic must relate to the research themes of the Institute 
    – A work plan, including expected results, specific for the time spent at the Institute
  • Reference: A signed letter of support from the applicant’s Head of Department or other senior scholar in the same field, which confirms current affiliation and field of research. (Scanned versions of signed support letters can be emailed by the applicant.)

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Persons currently or previously employed by or otherwise professionally affiliated with the Nordic Africa Institute are not eligible for scholarships. Kindly also note that the application must be in English. In the extraordinary event that the Scholarship Programme for 2018 does not receive full funding, applicants will be informed immediately.

Submission of applications:

Applications can be sent by post/airmail or by email. Applications sent by post/airmail should contain 2 copies of each document. Applications sent by email should contain only 1 copy of each document.

Applications sent by post/airmail should be addressed to:

The Nordic Africa Institute
Annika Franklin
P.O. Box 1703
SE-751 47 Uppsala, Sweden.

Applications sent by email should be addressed to:

Annika Franklin, Research Administrator, email: annika.franklin@nai.uu.se

Please note: On the subject line of your email, write: “Application: Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme”. Scanned versions of signed support letters can also be sent to the above email address.

Scholarship Webpage

Please Note: Please note that the subsistence allowance will be provided only for the days spent in Uppsala. Also note that most academic institutions in the Nordic countries, including the Nordic Africa Institute, are closed or at least running at a reduced capacity during the periods 15 June–15 August and 15 December–15 January. Applicants are thus asked not to choose these periods for their visit.


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