A total of four (4) PhD Fellowships will be awarded.
The PhD Fellowships are part of a joint undertaking by IDRC and UPEACE to develop an evidence-based, strong research capacity in Africa on critical issues of governance and security. The fellowships will support young African researchers who are embarking on their PhD studies with the aim to produce a significant number of African researchers with high expertise in issues of governance and security.
Successful applicants will be required to participate in two Research Training Workshops organized by UPEACE Africa Programme during the Award period. In addition, fellows will also be required to contribute at least one article to the Africa Peace and Conflict Journal (APCJ), a peer reviewed journal published by UPEACE Africa Programme, by the third year of their grant
ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF STUDY :
Applications will be considered from candidates, who are registered for PhD in Governance and Security Studies.
Under Governance, applications will be considered in the following themes:
Democracy, political participation and political settlements;
Elections, electoral reform, electoral processes and their contribution to democracy;
Devolution and decentralization of power and implication for legitimacy and accountability;
Informal governance institutions and their contribution to sustainable reforms and political arrangements;
Citizen engagement and enhanced state responsiveness and accountability;
The role of women in political process;
Under Security, applications will be considered in the following themes:
Citizen protection and the responsibility to protect;
Impact of pluralism of security forces and state legitimacy and accountability;
Non-state armed groups and the link to state authority;
Role of civil society in oversight of the security apparatus;
Cross border insecurity and the role of the state, the regional organisations and non-state actors;
The role of state and non-state actors in promoting the security of women and girls in situations of gender based violence.