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AFRICAN DIASPORA SUPPORT TO AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES PROGRAMME
Under its newly launched African Diaspora Support to African Universities, the Council for the Development of Social Science research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to invite interested scholars universities to submit proposals for joint research projects.
The Programme seeks to mobilize the African academic diaspora to support the teaching of higher education, the humanities and social sciences in African universities and to strengthen the linkages between African academics in the diaspora and African universities. It seeks to mobilize African academics in the diaspora to contribute to the strengthening of African universities, the nurturing of new generations of scholars in Africa in a culture of excellence, and the revitalization of the social sciences, higher education studies, and the humanities. The specific objectives of the programme include the strengthening of PhD programs and the curricula in the social sciences, higher education, and the humanities; contribute to the filling of gaps and dealing with shortages in teaching; PhD supervision and mentoring of young social science scholars in Africa, more generally; as well as in strengthening the relationships and linkages between African academics in the diaspora and the institutions where they are based with African universities.
The Programme derives from CODESRIA’s mandate as the leading pan African social science council of the continent and its responsibility to help address the problem of the shortage of qualified academic staff in many African universities both for teaching and for PhD supervision, particularly with the creation of hundreds of new public and private universities. The consequences of these shortages include the lack of capacity in most of the social science and humanities departments and schools in African universities to organize quality postgraduate programs and conduct research. In some instances, capacity for postgraduate supervision does not exist, and doctoral and masters students take longer to complete their programs due to a lack or shortage of qualified supervisors and mentors.
On the other hand, the existence of a large African academic diaspora has been documented in numerous studies. Many of these scholars are willing to lend a hand in the revitalization of universities in their home countries or elsewhere in Africa. Other highly qualified academics are circulating outside the universities, within Africa itself, and it would be important to have an initiative that taps into the knowledge and skills they have. Therefore, one effective way to address the shortage of qualified senior academic staff and PhD supervision capacity in African universities is to mobilize the academic diaspora to support universities in Africa. The initiative will do this through the following strategies:
The programme is organized around the following activities:
This particular call targets African scholars in the Diaspora and researchers based at African universities, with a view to creating joint research networks around joint research projects on the kinds of challenges facing African universities that the Diaspora could help overcome; or to the kinds of linkages existing between the Diaspora and African universities; or on any of the issues on the CODESRIA research agenda in ways that would lead to the filling of knowledge gaps and enhance research capacity in African universities.
Each network should involve scholars based at African universities and scholars in the diaspora, cover two or more countries, and undertake research on contemporary issues/challenges that the SSH in African Universities ought to be addressing. Applicants should be those in the SSH disciplines, who have completed their PhD studies or are at the advanced stage of their PhDs. Proposals revolving around the following broad themes are encouraged.
The joint research networks of African and African diaspora scholars should cover at least one of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Proposals with a strong multidisciplinary orientation and gender and institutional diversity in terms of the composition of group members are highly encouraged.
Interested academics and researchers of the African diaspora and those based in universities located in any of the countries listed above are requested to send in their research proposals, focusing on specific issues revolving around the broad themes identified above.
a) Research Proposal: Each proposal should be between 10 and 15 pages, clearly highlighting the issue(s) to be pursued. It should include: an introduction, problem statement, literature review, objectives of the study, research methodology and the results anticipated from the study.
b) Work Outline: A detailed outline and time frame should be provided for each of the proposed activities, bearing in mind that the duration of the grant is 18 months from the date the grant is awarded.
c) Budget: Applicants are required to provide a detailed budget – up to a maximum of USD35, 000 – which includes the fieldwork, travel and subsistence costs they expect to incur throughout the duration of the grant.
d) Reference Letters: Each proposal should be accompanied by reference letters for each of the network members from the dean of the candidate’s faculty, confirming his /her institutional affiliation and an attestation to the applicant/s capacity to undertake the work if awarded the grant.
e) Curriculum Vitae: Each proposal should be accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, of the applicants showing clearly the candidate’s publications and research undertakings.
f) An identified coordinator of the network who will be responsible for the overall coordination of the work and account for the financial aspects of the network and the final scientific output.
g)Commitment Letter: A one-page letter is expected from the coordinator of the group, affirming his/her readiness to coordinate the work and submit a monograph-length scientific report of between 80,000 and 100,000 words on the outcome of the research carried out. The letter should also show the applicants’ commitment to carrying out all revisions arising from the peer review of their report in a timely manner, and an affirmation of their understanding that the final version of the report may be considered for publication in any of the CODESRIA publication vehicles.
Completed application documents should be received by 15th March 2015. All applications should be addressed to:
African Diaspora Support to African Universities
Avenue Cheikh Anta diop X canal IV
The Program is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and by CODESRIA core funders. African universities that are interested in hosting African scholars in the diaspora, and in participating in the programme in other ways, and African scholars who are willing to contribute to the success of the initiative are invited to contact CODESRIA at the above address.