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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa



Strengthening Capacities of the Next Generation of Scholars in the African Social Sciences and Humanities

The Training, Grants and Fellowships (TGF) Programme is one of the Council’s oldest programmes. It has featured a number of the Council’s ground-breaking initiatives targeting capacity-building skills for doctoral students and early career academics in African universities. Over the years, these initiatives have either been successfully concluded or evolved into different interventions that address the current needs of the social sciences, humanities and higher education sector in Africa.

The Council actively archives the programme’s concluded interventions, primarily to ensure that its work of over four decades is digitally accessible. Consequently, it is creating a historical record of the institution’s imprint in the social sciences, humanities and higher education sector.

TGF is strategically located between the research and publications functions of the Council. It is responsible for the capacity-building mandate of the Council. The Programme has three key objectives:

To contribute to increasing the pool of academics in the humanities and social sciences.

To enhance the research and methodological skills of African academics in the SSH with a special focus on early-career and middle-level academics.

To strengthen the institutional bases for the training and emergence of a new generation of social scientists on the continent.

It achieves these objectives by implementing activities that respond creatively and in a timely manner to the needs of African researchers. It further encourages the development of new initiatives designed to address changes in the field of social science and humanities research on the continent and beyond. This includes working collaboratively with other programmes to implement activities under the broad rubric of the collaborative programme.

To carry out these objectives within the 2022–2026 strategic period, TGF will continue to make interventions through the Annual Thematic Institutes, The Diaspora Project and Grants and Fellowships

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