Accepting applications for African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants- Deadline: February 1

December 5, 2013
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Peace and Collaborative Development Network
December 3, 2013

A core component of the APN, the research grants program is a vehicle for enhancing the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research both regionally and globally, while making peacebuilding knowledge accessible to key policymakers and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world. Grant recipients will produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent. For its part, the APN will work toward inserting the evidence-based knowledge that this group produces into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding.

Support is available for research and analysis on issues such as the following:

  • Root causes of conflict and conflict prevention, mediation, management, resolution, and transformation
  • Environmental change and conflict
  • Post-conflict elections, democratization, and governance
  • The relationship between peacebuilding and state building, including state-society relations and state reconstruction
  • Transitional justice, reconciliation, and human rights
  • Economic and financial dimensions of conflict, peacekeeping, and peace support operations
  • Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR)
  • Security sector reform (SSR)
  • Media, civil society, and peace
  • Peace partnerships involving the UN, the AU, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and civil society
  • Gender and peacebuilding
  • Peace education and social change

Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support six months of field-based research, from May to November 2014. Up to ten individual grants of a maximum of $15,000 will be awarded.

During their grant period, grantees are required to participate in two workshops to be held at the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in Nairobi in May and November 2014. These workshops will provide opportunities to refine research focus and methodologies, present findings, explore ways to make work accessible through publications and other means to multiple peacebuilding constituencies, and develop constructive working relationships with other grantees, senior academics, and practitioner facilitators.


  • All applicants must be African citizens currently residing in an African country.
  • Academic applicants must hold a faculty or research position at an African university or research organization and have a PhD.
  • Policy analysts and practitioner applicants must be based in Africa at a regional or subregional institution, a government agency, or a nongovernmental, media, or civil society organization and have at least an MA with no less than five years of research-related or work experience.
How to Apply