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Call for Research Fellowship

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the support from Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation is inviting applications to its maiden research fellowship programme which aims to promote leadership and governance for civil society in West Africa. This short-term fellowship (90 days) is an action-oriented initiative targeted at young researchers. Three young research fellows between the age brackets of 20-35 would be selected and be supported to conduct research on a specific area of civil society leadership and governance while taking into cognizance practitioner experiences.

The goal of the fellowship is to offer young researchers an opportunity to document indigenous practices on civic leadership and governance in West Africa. This will be done by providing a space for interaction between relevant stakeholders, including decision-makers, development practitioners, Civil society leaders and their constituents.

Specific objectives are to create opportunities for young researchers particularly those enrolled in PhD programmes to:
•Advance leadership and governance in the civil society sector;
•Access extensive knowledge resources and
•Establish links with the network of WACSI partners to exchange ideas and meet with experienced civil society practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders in West Africa.


At the end of the programme, fellows are expected to have practical hands-on experience and evidence on civic leadership and governance in West Africa. Fellows will also be expected to produce publishable research reports.

Applicants must submit:
•Curriculum vitae;
•Letter of motivation;
•Writing sample (a related paper, if available) and
•2 references (at least 1 academic).

The fellowship programme is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation

Fellows will be based at WACSI, Accra-Ghana for the duration of 3 months (June-August 2017).

Applications should be submitted to and by Monday, 03 April 2017. Priority will be given to applicants from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone

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