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

Millennium Fellowship for undergraduate university students

The Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that happens on your campus. The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are here to elevate your leadership.  Below is the three-step process to apply, and if accepted, engage in the program.  Additional details can be found in the FAQs section.

Fill out the first round of the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020 application. The program will take place on selected campuses worldwide from August 2020 to December 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and eligible students will proceed to the final round of the application. Please do not fill this form more than once. 

Early applications encouraged. Next priority application deadline for the Class of 2020 is February 29. Final deadline to apply is April 30.

The Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that happens on your campus. The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are here to elevate your leadership.

As part of a cohort of 8-20+ Millennium Fellows on your campus, convene to learn from and challenge each other.

Develop a plan of action for your sessions together. Meet to exchange best practices. And you could think bigger: organizing a campus-wide sustainability initiative or more.

When your Fellowship Campus meets the goals you made for yourselves, you will earn a certificate of recognition from United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network.

Eligibility

You must be at least 18 years old, an undergraduate enrolled in a college or university, and in good standing at that academic institution for the duration of the program.

You make a commitment to convene in-person least eight times during the Millennium Fellowship (for 2020 the program will run August-December) with your Campus Directors and other Fellows on your campus to share best practices and take collective action. Students have to meet on-campus, in-person for the Fellowship sessions. If you miss sessions, this is grounds for expulsion and the forfeiture of your designation as a Millennium Fellow. Campus Directors have additional responsibilities as noted in FAQs section on “Campus Director Applicants.”

Note: We aim to accept at least eight Millennium Fellows from each Campus Hub (with two Campus Directors). Most Campus Hubs will typically have 8-20 Millennium Fellows. The Fellowship is about forming community; therefore we encourage you to share the program with other prospective Fellows on your campus and encourage them to apply as well.

Millennium Campus Network (MCN), Inc., is a global student network committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

(Sustainable) Energy Journalism Competition, Hivos & Climate Tracker

FELLOWSHIP: https://east-africa.hivos.org/news/hivos-and-climate-tracker-launch-energy-journalism-competition/

Together with Climate Tracker, Hivos will be training and sending six journalists to cover the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Rwanda, this May (26th-28th).

We are looking for six young journalists from Africa who want to make an impact in their countries by publishing about energy and help shape one of the most important debates of our time.

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum will convene experts and decision makers to take progress on what is working in the establishing of the Sustainable Development Goals and to mobilize resources and new financial instruments. A vibrant meeting place to showcase action towards sustainable energy, with entrepreneurs, community leaders, city leaders, policy makers, financiers and investors.

Your role as a fellow

As a fellow, you will receive training on climate and journalism organized by Climate Tracker, participate in group interviews with high-level officials/experts, and network with people from all over the world!

All expenses will be covered for the fellows as part of the fellowship.

After the Forum, the six fellows will be part of an eight-week-long investigative reporting scholarship guided by Climate Tracker, to have a chance to refine your journalism skills and report on the pressing energy issues of your country.

I am interested! What do I have to do?

You will need to publish and submit an article to the Climate Tracker App by March 18th, 2020

  • What do we mean by publish? You will need to write and publish your piece on the media outlet of your choice. It can be local, national, regional or international. Unfortunately, we can’t accept self-owned blog entries.
  • What should I write about? Energy access, clean energy cooking, the right to energy transition, sustainable energy for all, sustainable energy and climate change.
  • This is only for English speakers? No! You can publish in English, Portuguese, or French.

Climate Tracker and Hivos will revise the articles submitted through the platform, give you feedback and tips, and select the best writers based on the Climate Tracker rating system.

To see all information, tips and questions, you can check the competition page on the Climate Tracker website. But if you still have doubts, feel free to email chris@climatetracker.org.

Political leadership & governance programme (PLGP), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, apply by 14 Feb.

The Political Leadership and Governance Programme emanates from FES Kenya’s renowned Political Leadership Development Programme (PLDP). Like its predecessor, the PLGP seeks to nurture and promote value-driven leadership for democratic governance in a democratic society. The focus is on young future leaders between 18-35 of age drawn from civil society organizations, trade unions and political parties. The training provides young leaders with skills, networks and expertise relevant for political leadership at different levels. The PLGP encourages young Kenyans to take on the shared democratic responsibility that will be needed to build the socially just and democratic Kenya that they and those they will represent in future want.

https://www.fes-kenya.org/

Africa is a Country Fellowship to support production of original work & new knowledge in under-recognised/covered topics

Africa Is a Country (AIAC) is proud to announce the launch of our inaugural Africa Is a Country Fellowship Program, with the support of the Shuttleworth Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.

The purpose of the AIAC Fellowship is to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums. It particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences.

Fellows will be writers and/or other cultural/intellectual producers who can contribute meaningfully to transforming and expanding knowledge about Africa and the diaspora. Each fellow will receive a grant of up to US$3,000 to create original work on a topic of their choice for AIAC over a 9-month period. While we expect that most fellows will produce essays and/or reporting and analysis, we are also open to work in other formats, such as photo essays, documentary videos, and more. Fiction, poetry, and fine and performing arts are not eligible for support from this program.

Topics may include (but are not limited to): work and worker rights; the climate crisis; women/gender issues; immigration/border politics; reactionary politics (neoliberal authoritarianism, xenophobia, Afro-capitalism); political alternatives to neoliberalism and state-led pan-Africanism, and social movements as well as African and diaspora history and culture. We are also open to considering important topics not mentioned here. Surprise us!

Environmental Justice Legal Fellowship – Nairobi & Isiolo

Deadline Friday, 24/01/2020 (24 January)

What does the Environmental Justice (EJ) Fellowship offer?

The EJ Legal Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan legal professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The legal fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Over the duration of the Legal Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Legal Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area.

The Legal Fellowship will provide the successful applicants a stronger understanding of/in:

  • The principles of environmental and human rights law and citizenry participation in environmental decision-making
  • The realities of communities facing environmental injustices
  • Community-centred legal empowerment methodologies
  • The environmental decision-making processes of key institutions and bodies, such as the National Environmental Management Authority, Water Resources Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service and county governments
  • Analysing and evaluating environmental and human rights laws, regulations and policies
  • Analysing and commenting on environmental impact assessments (EIA), environmental audits and strategic impact assessments (SEA)
  • Environmental justice litigation
  • Evidenced based environmental justice advocacy and research
  • The civil society organizations and individuals in Kenya working towards environmental justice

One of the Legal Fellows will be based in Isiolo and two others in Nairobi. The Legal Fellowship will be for a period of up to 10 months full time. A modest salary will be offered. The successful applicants will be required to begin immediately. Candidates from Isiolo County are encouraged to apply for the Legal Fellowship in Isiolo.

Selection Criteria…

Internship at Katiba Institute (3 months, full-time, starts October, deadline 4 Sept)

About Katiba Institute

Katiba Institute (KI) was established to promote the understanding and implementation of Kenya’s new Constitution. KI endeavors to enhance the implementation and the realization of the objects of the Constitution through research, constitutional education, constitutional litigation and encouraging public participation. KI also works to foster the spirit of constitutionalism in the East African region by promoting exchange of academic discourse on constitutional issues and by working with like-minded organizations to secure greater freedoms in the East African Region.

Internship Offer and Purpose

The KI Programmes Department undertakes research, advocacy and capacity building. KI seeks to engage a Programs Intern to be part of the Programmes team on a full time basis for 3 months. The intern will learn and gain experience through, among other tasks, assisting in field and desktop research; organizing and participating in different forums with community members and representatives – including members of Civil Society Organizations; and contributing to making submissions to laws and policies. The Intern will also have an opportunity to interact with other departments such as the Public Interest Litigation Department (PIL). The Intern will be based in Nairobi with occasional travel to other counties.

Desirable Qualifications and Attribute

 An undergraduate degree in social sciences;

 Conviction in and commitment to constitutionalism and principles of human rights;

 Shown interest in conducting primary and desktop research;

 Strong oral and written communications skills;

 Fluency in English and Kiswahili;

 Be available to begin in October and be willing to travel when need arises.

Submission of Applications

Please email your application to the Human Resources (careers@katibainstitute.org) with the opportunity title as the subject line. In your application, include a cover letter and curriculum vitae with three referees. The application should reach us by 17:00 EAT on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. KI is an equal opportunity employer and does not solicit any fees for employment or internship opportunities.