Get up to $3,500 Grant for African Scholars in the Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) Ph.D. Fellowship Program 2020/2021

Pursue your research study with no worries about the costs with the aid of the AROCSA Ph.D. Fellowship Program in Africa.

Selected Ph.D. scholars who have successfully defended their research proposals will be provided research grants to cover the cost of their research. 

Application Deadline: 13th, November 2020. 


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Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to US$3,500 to cover research-related expenses such as – 

  • Fieldwork 
  • Data collection
  • Data processing 
  • Printing of final dissertations.


Proposals will be considered from solely – 

  • African scholars currently registered as full time Ph.D. students with a university in Africa. 
  • Applicants who have already defended their research proposals at the time of application


  • Applicants’ theses should focus on 
    • Nonprofit management
    • Philanthropy
    • Civil society
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Voluntary action studies. 
  • Applicants are required to sign up for the Ph.D. Workshop via the electronic application on the AROCSA website. 

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Application Instructions

To apply, follow the instructions below and provide all items listed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Compiled in a single PDF document, in the format – 12pt font with one inch margins, double spaced- submit the following documents:
    • Evidence of registration with a university in Africa
    • A Copy of Approved Research proposal: Applicants MUST provide a copy of their defended research proposals. 

The focus of study MUST fall within any of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies.

    • A Letter of motivation from the applicant
    • A Letter of support from Supervisor: Using the institution’s letterhead, the letter should contain the supervisor’s approval, confirm that the student has indeed successfully defended their research proposal, and include an assurance of continuous support for the duration of the research. 

The letter should also include the supervisor’s contact details.

    • Budget: Applicants should include a comprehensive breakdown of finances required for the completion of their research.
  • Click here for a downloadable PDF of the criteria. 
  • Click here to submit Application.

About the Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Established by the Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) with support from Ford Foundation, the AROCSA Ph.D. Fellowship Program serves Ph.D. scholars who are passionate about the advancement of knowledge through research. 

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) is a membership-based organization that seeks to create a platform for productive engagement of civil society stakeholders, with the goal of knowledge-generation and development in Africa.

The research grant program was founded to encourage the unravelling and dissemination of knowledge by African scholars in selected fields. 

In fulfilling its mission to promote a community of excellence in research in the service of African development, the Pan-African platform enables the production of, and facilitates access to a body of knowledge on civil society that informs and empowers CSOs to contribute to societal transformation.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

Applications will close by the deadline of Friday, 13th November 2020. 

Selection process will commence by Monday, 16th November 2020. 

AROCSA Fellows will be notified by Monday, 1st February 2021. 

Grants will be awarded based on merit. Fellows will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Potential quality and impact of proposed research.
  • Alignment with the thematic research areas of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies

Fellows in the program will be required to present papers on their research at AROCSA’s next annual conference set to hold in August 2021. 

Also at the event, Fellows will be formally inducted as AROCSA fellows. Their completed theses will also be published on the AROCSA website as an open source document for other researchers and the general public to access and benefit from.

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