IFRA’s Research Themes:

Hosted Programs:

  • SALMEA: an ANR-FNS-funded program on “Self-Accomplishment and Local Morality in East Africa”
  •  WTAP (West Turkana Archeological Project)

Fieldwork support

IFRA-Nairobi invites applications for fieldwork grants aimed to support Masters, PhD and postdoc students who conduct research in the social sciences and humanities in East
African (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Eastern Congo).
IFRA will prioritize support to the following research themes:

  • Elections, governance in East Africa
  • Workers, Labour and Employment
  • Refugees and the Humanitarian Governance
  • Music, Art, Culture, and Heritage
  • Decolonizing African Studies: Thinkers, Practitioners and Practices
  • Gender and LGBT in Words and in Practice
  • African Socialism, Pan-Africanism, and (Sub-)National Imaginaries
  • The African City: Urban Inequality, Social (In-)Justice, and Slum Politics

Beyond these priority research themes, grants may be given to non-priority project proposals when considered academically relevant. There is no condition of nationality.
Kindly send your application to . Feedback will be made shortly thereafter.
Applications can be submitted in English or French and comprise the following documents:

  • A cover letter of about 2 pages including a summary of the project in 15-20 lines and explaining your profile, why you need financial support, and if you already have support from other institutions and for how much;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, including relevant publications;
  • A research project proposal of max. 5 pages with a detailed project proposal that includes information about the methodology that will be used and details about the fieldwork location and research planning.

Additional information:

  • About the grant: Grants offered usually range from 400 to 1,200 euros. They are not subject totaxes, and do not include open rights to social security. They are awarded as contributionstowards actual research costs and do not include stipends for applicants;
  • Conditions of support: It is mandatory to be registered and/or attached to a university or researchunit as well as to mention other sources of funding;
  • Deliverables: Grants beneficiaries will be requested to provide a working paper or an academicarticle that might be published through IFRA after peer-review. They might also be offered theopportunity to present the results of their work in a seminar or conference;
  • Advice to applicants: IFRA’s research funding is competitive as we receive more applications thanwhat we can fund. Your application must state in a clear and compelling way its relevance andinterest for research in East Africa and its possible contribution to IFRA’s main programs.

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