AfricaLics, the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems, is looking for suitable PhD students from universities in African countries to participate in the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Program (2024 cohort) focused on innovation and development.
Under this program, successful candidates will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a fellowship programme that ideally combines online pre- and post-activities with a study period of 3 months at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa. The three-month’ study visit to UJ is, however, subject to the availability of funding, and interested students are expected to help search for funds to finance their study visit at UJ themselves (see section on funding issues).
The activities for the 2024 VFP cohort are scheduled to begin in February 2024 and terminate in late November or early December 2024. The activities will consist of a variety of online tasks. Activities will include three to five paper presentation seminars, a writing skills course, a session on “How to Write an Academic Journal Article,” and a quick introduction to I&D studies as the AfricaLics network defines this topic. In addition to online activities, a three-month study tour at UJ will be included if funding allows. Students have the option to stay in touch with the AfricaLics community after completing the program by taking part in webinars, research conferences, and activities for alumni of the organization. In this approach, experts and students support one another in their academic endeavors and have the opportunity to further the area of African innovation and development studies.
AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Program
|Men and Women
|December 1st, 2023
Goals and Benefits of AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Program
- Return Flight: If fundraising is successful, AfricaLics may pay for travel expenses to Johannesburg. As an alternative, students could pay for things on their own.
- Health insurance: Students are responsible for securing their own, with AfricaLics potentially providing reimbursement.
- Stipend: A monthly stipend of roughly $600 will be given for living expenses in Johannesburg if the fundraising campaign is successful.
- Additional Support: With funding from Sida, AfricaLics will pay for collaborative courses and online mentorship programs.
- Family Expenses: There is no cost coverage for accompanying family members under this program.
- Visit from Home Supervisors: In the event that further fundraising is successful, home supervisors and mentors may come to provide a session.
Criteria for AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Program
- Be a PhD candidate enrolled at an African university.
- You will have finished your first academic year by December 2023.
- Possess a foundation in pertinent social science disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, STEM, etc.
- Have sufficient English language proficiency.
- Be engaged in work on a topic related to development and innovation.
- Send in a one-page application outlining your goals and history.
Date, Procedure, and Location of the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Interview
Schedule and Activities for the Program
- Start Date: In February 2024, the program will kick off with online activities.
- Termination: The project is anticipated to conclude by the end of November or the beginning of December 2024.
- Program components include writing skills courses, writing articles for academic journals, a course on innovation and development (I&D) research, and three to five paper presentation seminars.
- Study Visit: A three-month study visit to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) may be possible, provided funding permits.
- Opportunities for post-program engagement with the AfricaLics community include webinars, research conferences, and alumni events.
Required Documents for Application
- A concise synopsis of your ongoing doctoral research (no more than five pages).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) including information on courses taken toward a PhD.
- Letters of recommendation from the university administration and primary PhD supervisor.
- Copies of your academic credentials (at least a bachelor’s and master’s degree).
- One example of writing from your PhD program at this time.
Deadline for Application
December 1st, 2023
How to Apply
- Download the application form here: AfricaLics PhD Fellowship Application Form
- Submit your applications to [email protected] by 23:00hrs East Africa time on December 1, 2023.
For more details,visit AfricaLics website