Some of the themes that have received attention in the past include: African peacekeeping and conflict resolution, governance and democracy in Africa and South Africa, lessons from South Africa on the effectiveness of sanctions in the apartheid era, and political party formation in Africa.
The fellowship is available once a year for a three- to six-month period at SAIIA. The fellowship covers an economy class return ticket to South Africa, the board and lodgings of the candidate and a stipend. The successful fellow will have access to SAIIA’s research network and will participate in the events and research programme of the institute. Research conducted during the stay in South Africa should contribute to improving knowledge on either Africa’s relations with the rest of the world or South African foreign policy and international economic engagement.
Requirements for consideration for this fellowship are a PHD qualification (preferably), and a minimum of 10 years of working experience as an established academic or senior researcher with a comprehensive publication record.
The successful candidate will be expected to produce a 10,000 word article on the results of the research, for publication by SAIIA, and the findings should be presented to the SAIIA branches. Further, the research findings should be disseminated widely and published either in accredited journals or as monographs, with full recognition being given to SAIIA and the fellowship. The successful candidate will also be required to produce an evaluation report to the funders.
To apply, kindly forward the following information either by e-mail or post to SAIIA:
- A 1 000-word proposal on the topic of choice, focused on African political and economic drivers, the role of emerging powers and their relationship with the continent, global governance reform, African politics and economics, South African diplomacy, strategic relationships with the continent, the North-South dialogue and Africa’s place in it, African governance and development challenges;
- Two letters of endorsement;
- A full CV reflecting work experience, publication record and referees.
Applications are assessed on an ongoing basis, with the outcome determined by the merit of each application.