Research scholarship, Lionel Cliffe Memorial, for African activists or scholars

Due 15 March

Call for Applications

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Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship

The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) announces a small research grants competition for African scholars and/or activists based in Africa. The competition is based on the premise that a shortage of funding for critical research is one of the problems faced by Africa-based scholars and activists wishing to carry forward a political economy agenda. In response to this, ROAPE is offering up to two small research grants (value £3000). The process of selection of proposals, as well as their expected format, is outlined below.

ROAPE is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. A political economy approach entails a critical understanding of the social relationships, particularly the power relationships, that mutually constitute the production, distribution and consumption of resources. It requires us to ask who produces what and for whom and hence an investigation into social relations that are generated by struggles over livelihoods and exploitation of the many by the few. Radical political economy represents a form of engagement with those struggles.

ROAPE is listed in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index and published quarterly by Taylor & Francis. Since 1974 it has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.

For more details about the journal and examples of published articles please click here. For other journal activities, see www.roape.net

Eligibility

Applicants should be nationals of an African country and residents in an African country. Applicants who are based in or studying outside Africa will not be considered. Priority will be given to younger scholars and activists who are not yet established and who do not have alternative source of funding for primary research. Joint applications (by two candidates or more) meeting these criteria will also be considered.

How to apply

Applications should be sent by email to the following address: lcmrs@roape.net

Please make sure that you include these words in the title of your email: ‘Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship’.

Your application should contain:

1. A brief outline of your research proposal, consisting of:

  • a title
  • an abstract of no more than 100 words, clarifying the political economy framing of the research
  • an outline of no more than 200 words, including a section on the methodology to be adopted in the proposed study

2. your CV with:

  • relevant biographical info (name; age; sex; contact details; nationality – please specify if you have more than one nationality; current residence – please specify if you have double residence)
  • educational qualifications
  • activist experience
  • research experience
  • your current employment circumstances, including any study or internship programme you are enrolled in, with specification of your remuneration if applicable.

3. a motivation letter explaining how you meet the criteria and why you think you are a good candidate for the LCMRS

4. two full references, inclusive of position/institutional affiliation; email addresses, phone numbers and (if possible) skype contacts. If you are shortlisted, your referees will be asked to produce a reference letter on a short notice.

The deadline for applications is 15 March  2020

What happens after you apply

A selection panel will be drawn from ROAPE’s Editorial Working Group.

Selection will proceed in two stages. A short list will be drawn up. If you are short-listed, your referees will be asked to produce reference letters. You will also be asked to submit a more extended account of your research proposal (no more than 1000 words), under the same headings as above, but expanding on the research problem and the key research questions. It should also include a timeline showing your research plan and a budget of how the grant would be used. This may include costs incurred for travel, accommodation, subsistence, equipment (for example a voice recorder), research permits, research assistance, and/or photocopying and printing.

Assessment

The two successful candidates will be offered some limited mentoring to support their efforts. Mentorship will be provided by a member of the Editorial Working Group, via email and skype meetings. At the end of a one-year research period, the candidate must submit a one-page report with a summary account of what has been achieved.

The final requirement is to submit for consideration to ROAPE an article (of no more than 8000 words) based on the research funded by the grant. No guarantee of publication can be given, as the article will be peer-reviewed according to the standard procedure followed by the journal.

Payment of the grant

The grant is £3,000 and will be paid in three tranches. Upon acceptance of a research proposal, ROAPE will disburse 1/3 of the grant (£1,000) to successful candidates to contribute towards direct research expenses. The second tranche (£1,000) will be paid after submission of the first-year report. Part of the second tranche can be claimed in advance if the first tranche has been used up, upon provision of all receipts of expenses incurred upon.

The third tranche (£1,000) will be paid following the formal submission of an article to ROAPE.

Deadlines

  1. Deadline for applications: 15 March 2020.
  2. Selection of short list: 20 April 2020, with notification to short-listed candidates.
  3. Submission of extended proposals from short-listed candidates: 1 June 2020
  4. Final selection and notification to successful candidates: 1 July 2020 – payment of first tranche of grant (1/3 of the total, £1,000)
  5. Start of research period and mentorship programme: 1 July 2020
  6. First-year summary report: 1 July 2021(payment of second tranche)
  7. Formal submission of article to ROAPE: no later than 1 July 2022 (payment of third tranche)

At the end of a one-year research period, the researcher must submit a report with a summary account of what has been achieved. The final requirement is to submit for consideration to ROAPE an article (of no more than 8000 words) based on the research funded by the grant. The disbursement of the third tranche of the grant is conditional upon submission of the manuscript. No guarantee of publication can be given, as the article will be peer-reviewed according to the standard procedure followed by the journal.

If you are in doubt about your eligibility or require further information just get in touch at: lcmrs@roape.net

Call for Submissions: African Urban Futures, British Institute in East Africa

Call for Submission from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Theme: African Urban Futures

Graduate Conference 22-23 March 2019

https://www.biea.ac.uk/call-for-submission-from-the-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences-theme-african-urban-futures/

The African continent is currently experiencing the world’s most rapid urban growth. As compared to other continents, Africa is the least urbanized today with about 40% of its population currently living in urban areas as compared to 81% in North America, 80% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 73% in Europe, and 47% in Asia (Statistica, 2015). With the estimated growth in urban areas both as a result of rural to urban migration as well as due to natural population growth, several challenges as well as milestones are expected that are supposed to impact on the lives of the city inhabitants in different ways. With this expected growth, urban centres will increasingly shape the lives of people on the continent. This provides a rich area for research exploring different aspects in African urban futures such as problems and challenges of the future city, emergent and dominant livelihoods, opportunities for growth and development, futuristic literary imaginings and their significance today, among other social, economic and political issues of the African city in the move towards building and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities. This conference invites early career scholars working from different fields within the wider Social Sciences and Humanities sector to engage with the theme African Urban Futures.

Subthemes:

  • Innovations and technological development and the city
  • Social, economic and political inclusion and urbanization
  • Gendered dynamics and the city
  • Climate change and urbanization
  • Urban physical and social infrastructures
  • Literary imaginations and the city

The BIEA welcomes submissions for a 20 minute presentation of research or artwork. If you would like to make a presentation please send an abstract of between 200-300 words on the theme of the presentation. The above list of subthemes is indicative, not exclusive, and we are keen to receive abstracts for linked or associated topics. Please include your name, affiliation and title of presentation to phdconference@biea.ac.uk  Notification of acceptance will be given by 31st January 2019.

Submission Deadline10 January 2019

VenueBIEA, Laikipia Road, Nairobi

Extra scholarships for graduate classes, Hewlett Foundation, MIT

Extra scholarships for graduate classes

Masters degree in development economics, income-based, first courses online, no barriers to entry, MIT (US university) https://micromasters.mit.edu/dedp/

We have an exciting new scholarship opportunity for those of you who were born in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Hewlett Foundation has recently offered to provide scholarships to learners from the region who demonstrate a strong interest in the program. All learners, old and new, are invited to apply for the chance to receive a scholarship from the Hewlett Foundation that will cover the costs of up to two courses for the summer semester.

Learners selected for this scholarship will gain all the benefits of being a paid learner, including accessing private webinars, direct access to the MIT teaching assistants, and the community forums, with job opportunities and advice from your fellow learners. If you are interested, please complete an application form soon. We will select learners on a rolling basis until the payment deadline of July 13, but recommend that you enroll quickly, as the summer semester launches on June 5.

It is particularly wonderful to have the opportunity to take these often challenging courses with a friend, so this is a great opportunity to alert your peers and colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa about the opportunity to get involved with this program. This is also an opportunity to gain financial support for completing all five courses in time to apply to the Blended Master’s program, and earn a Master’s degree from MIT that could be fully sponsored by the HewlettFoundation. The applications for the Blended Masters program will open at the end of the upcoming fall semester (December 2018), and thus we urge you to seize this scholarship opportunity to enroll in (up to two) MicroMasters courses this summer, in order to be able to apply for the Blended program.

If you have any additional questions about this opportunity after reading over the application instructions, please reach out to us at micromasters-support@mit.edu. We look forward to reading your applications and witnessing the growth of this robust community of learners from Sub-Saharan Africa!

Programme details

Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters

The MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy equips learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world’s poor. Through a series of five online courses and in-person exams learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, probability and statistics, and engage with cutting-edge research in the field. The program is unique in its focus on the practicalities of running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis.

More at https://opportunities254.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/masters-degree-in-development-economics-income-based-first-courses-online-no-barriers-to-entry-mit-usa/

 

Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Small competition physics math science for teenagers (13-18)

Only a few weeks left to enter the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Don’t miss your chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship.
To enter, create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.
Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible. In addition to awarding a college scholarship to the winner, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will give the winner’s teacher a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school a new $100,000 science lab. The winner also will be invited to an awards ceremony where the prize will be presented in front of superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
Good luck—we can’t wait to see your video!
Onward,
Sal and the Khan Academy Team
P.S. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2018, so don’t wait—enter now!
Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Full scholarships to MIT development economics programme

For African learners

Apply here.

We have an exciting new scholarship opportunity for learners who were born in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Hewlett Foundation has recently offered to provide scholarships to learners from the region who demonstrate a strong interest in the program. All learners, old and new, are invited to apply for the chance to receive a scholarship from the Hewlett Foundation that will cover the costs of (up to) two courses for the summer semester.

African learners selected for this scholarship will gain all the benefits of being a paid learner, including accessing private webinars with MIT faculty, direct access to the MIT online tutors, and the community forums, which offer job opportunities and advice from your fellow learners. If you are interested, please complete an application form soon. We will select learners on a rolling basis until the payment deadline of July 13, but recommend that you enroll quickly, as the summer semester launches on June 5.

It is particularly wonderful to have the opportunity to take these often challenging courses with a friend, so these scholarships offer a great opportunity to alert your peers and colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa about the opportunity to get involved with this program. This is also a useful opportunity to gain financial support for completing all five courses in time to apply to the Blended Masters program, and earn a Master’s degree from MIT that is fully sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation. The applications for the first cohort of the Blended Masters program will open to all students who have completed the entire credential by this December (at the end of the upcoming fall semester), and thus we urge you to seize this scholarship opportunity to enroll in MicroMasters courses this summer, so as to be able to complete courses in time to apply for the Blended program.

Tuition scholarships for students admitted to African Leadership University, Kigali

The Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme

African Leadership University (ALU) is proud to partner with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) to launch the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba.

President Mandela firmly believed in the transformative power of education and its ability to bring dignity, self-actualization, and prosperity to Africans. Throughout his presidency and after, he dedicated much of his efforts to ensure that children from all walks of life had equal access to education, regardless of their economic background. The objective of the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme is to honor President Mandela’s legacy and carry forward the important work he began in education by identifying 100 outstanding young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend ALU. These students will benefit from a scholarship and unparalleled opportunities for leadership development.

January 2018
Public announcement of scholarship

15 May 2018
Deadline to apply for scholarship

July 2018
Public announcement of Scholars

September 2018
Students begin studies at ALU in Kigali, Rwanda

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Call for abstracts: International Conference on Terrorism & Violent Extremism

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Theme: Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies

http://horninstitute.org/conference/

HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies (hereafter, the HORN Institute) invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts for presentation at the international conference on terrorism and violent extremism on the theme, Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies that will be held in Nairobi (Kenya), 24 -26 April 2018.

Important dates

First Call for abstracts opens: 9 January 2018

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5 February 2018

Criteria for submission of abstracts.

The abstracts should cover one of the following topics:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism
  2. Radicalization and de-radicalization
  3. Globalization of terrorism
  4. Political and religious extremism
  5. Conflict dynamics in the Gulf & wider Middle East, & impact of the same on Africa
  6. State responses to terrorism
  7. Media and terrorism
  8. Terrorism financing
  9. Maritime security
  10. Protecting critical infrastructure
  11. Gender and terrorism
  12. Terrorism, trauma, and counselling
  13. Terrorism and human rights
  14. Cyber security
  15. Rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees
  16. Global trends in terrorism and violent extremism
  17. Select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, and any other.

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