African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme for Scholars in Africa

African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Any current research topic at the Institute
Course Level: Postgraduate, research
Provider: Nordic Africa Institute
Country to Study in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
The African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars in Africa, engaged in research on the African continent. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

One important task of the Nordic Africa Institute is to establish and maintain relations with African research communities. This is inter alia carried out through a Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme.

The aim of the African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for its participants to pursue their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic milieux in African countries, and promoting scholarly exchange with Nordic research communities.

Eligibility (Who can apply?)
The Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars in Africa engaged in research on/about the African continent and with a proven track record of extensive post-graduate research experience.

We would especially like to encourage women to apply for these scholarships.

Field(s) of Study
Applications are invited from scholars with research projects related to current thematic research clusters at the Institute:
  1. Agrarian Change, Property and Resources
  2. Conflict, Displacement and Transformation
  3. Globalization, Trade and Regional Integration
  4. Urban Dynamics
Please see this for more details on the research clusters.
NOTE: Applicants are requested to identify within what cluster their project fits best.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days. To be entitled to a refund of the travel costs, the Guest Researcher has to stay for at least two months.

Please note that most academic institutions in the Nordic countries, including the Nordic Africa Institute, are closed or at least running at a reduced capacity during the periods 15 June–15 August and 15 December–15 January. Applicants are thus asked not to choose these periods for their visit.

Scholarship benefits
The Guest Researchers' scholarship includes a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of SEK (Swedish kronor) 300 (approx. USD 45) a day plus an installation grant of SEK 2,500 (approx. USD 370), a shared office and free photocopying facilities up to a maximum of 1,000 copies. Guest Researchers have access to a computer/MS Word at the office and have to do their own typing.

The Institute’s library is specialized in literature on contemporary Africa and focuses on Social Sciences. Guest Researchers also have access to the Uppsala University Library, including their online resources, and to the Library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

The Guest Researcher is expected to give a lecture in at least one other Nordic country. Train or air tickets (economy class) and accommodation will be provided for this trip.

Guest Researchers are sometimes invited to write a discussion paper for the Institute’s publications’ series or a short article for the Institute’s website. The draft of the discussion paper should be presented during the stay in Uppsala, preferably in a public forum.

Method of Application
The application should contain:
  • a completed application form (3 copies)
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitæ (3 copies)
  • a well elaborated research proposal outlining the main features of the research topic. The proposal should focus on the project to be carried out at the Nordic Africa Institute and include the expected results. Length of the proposal: 5 pages. (3 copies)
  • copies of and/or references to the applicant’s publications; the two most important articles related to the research project to be pursued at the Nordic Africa Institute. (3 copies)
  • a signed letter of support from the applicant’s Head of Department or other senior scholar in the same field.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications for positions in 2013 can be sent by email or by post/airmail.
  1. Applications sent by post/airmail should be addressed to:

    The Nordic Africa Institute
    The Programme Officer
    The African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme (AGRP)
    P.O. Box 1703
    SE-751 47 Uppsala, Sweden

    Please note! Airmail from Africa may take several weeks to reach Sweden.

  2. Applications sent by email should be addressed to:

    Inga-Britt Isaksson Faris, Programme Officer, email

    Please note! On the subject line of your email, write: “APPLICATION African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship.” Applications sent by email should only contain 1 copy of each document. Scanned versions of signed support letters can also be sent to the above email address.
The application period for the African Guest Researchers' Scholarships in 2013 is over. The next deadline for applications will be 1 April 2013 (for a scholarship in 2014)

Selection of Guest Researchers will take place during May–June 2012.

Application Deadline: 1 April 2012
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Fellowships for International Scholarships

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