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 Call for applications: Countering asymmetries in knowledge production on Africa Writing workshop 2019 for early career researchers (Fully Funded to Accra,Ghana)

Application Deadline: 25 June 2019.

 Asymmetries in knowledge production in African Studies are well-known and are reflected in the underrepresentation of African scholars in academic journals. This 5-day writing workshop aims to counter such asymmetries and to contribute to endogenous knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences by scholars based in West Africa (ECOWAS member countries). It will combine theoretical discussions on issues of ‘decolonizing knowledge’ with practical support to African early career scholars on research and publishing. More information can be found here:

Two Post- Doctoral Positions based in Uganda:

Fixed term (27 months), June 2019 – September 2021

At the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Uganda Martyrs University and the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Remuneration: £32,851 / UGX 161,297,900.57 Per Annum, £2,737.58 / UGX 13,441,491.71 Per Month

Job Purpose:      Undertake research relating to the ESRC / GCRF funded project “Skills acquisition and employability through volunteering by displaced youth in Uganda”.

Summary of Project: This project investigates the capacity of volunteering to reduce inequalities experienced by displaced youths in Uganda and to build their skills and employability. The project will take an interdisciplinary, mixed method approach, and establish collaborative links with global South refugee NGOs, volunteers, and leading global volunteering and development actors. Fieldwork will be conducted in four case study regions – Kampala and the refugee settlements of Bidibidi, Nakivale and Rwamwanja. Further information on the project is available at this link:

The post will be based at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, although travel nationally and internationally may be required.

More information can be found here:



Call for a fellowship position to conduct a research project on “Modern Governance of Large International Research Organizations” 2019-2023

European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Application deadline March 15


EORTC and VUB Fellowship Program Call for a fellowship position to conduct a research project on “Modern Governance of Large International Research Organizations” 2019-2023 The EORTC is a not for profit, non-governmental organization which is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life of cancer patients, through clinical research activities. Due to the evolution of science, regulations, models of partnerships, funding routes, ensuring public transparency and credibility as well as many other parameters in a constantly evolving society, the EORTC is willing to revisit its governance not limited to its board of Directors, but also extended to its control, action, fund raising and financial mechanisms. Thanks to the collaboration between VUB and EORTC, the projects intends to deliver new governance rules for the EORTC.


As a research organization, EORTC favors academic partnerships and it has been agreed that this project would be best performed through a research project supporting a fellowship with the intention to deliver a PhD thesis.


The modalities of the project will be laid down in a research plan to be developed and agreed upon. Over a period of maximum 4 years, the research program will develop and validate governance rules for the EORTC and monitor their applicability. It will lead to regular reports and publications.


The fellowship is for a duration of a maximum of 4 years.


Click here to read the full call.



Apply now for the 2019 Penn Summer Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program!


The University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership Program and the Center for Social Impact Strategy invite graduate student researchers to apply for the 2019 Penn Summer Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program.


About: Facilitated by Professor Peter Frumkin, the doctoral fellows program will explore emerging issues in the world of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, social enterprise, and international civil society. The program will be held June 3-25, 2019 on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania. This is an intensive research seminar in which students present draft research papers and then work collaboratively to help improve and refine each other’s research. Students are required to submit a draft research paper that they would like to develop and prepare for publication during the program. Housing near the Penn campus and $3,000 stipends are provided to all 2019 Summer Fellows.


Eligibility: Graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs in all fields.


Submission deadline: March 15, 2019


Submission requirements: Send your resume and a draft research paper (unpublished) on a topic related to any aspect of social impact to Maeve Flynn (


Admissions decisions will be announced in April.


ICNL Global Education Initiative - Call for Applications - rolling deadline is March 29, 2019

ICNL has launched it 2019 Call for Applications for its Global Education Initiative Grants.  The purpose of the Global Education Initiative is to support the study of civil society law at universities and schools of law worldwide. The Initiative provides grants to support the integration of civil society law courses into the curricula of universities and educational institutions in eligible countries (i.e., countries that are currently on the OECD/DAC List) in all regions.

This year ICNL is aiming to issue 3 - 5 subgrants ($10,000 – $20,000 each) to applicants from at least 3 regions.

The Call for Applications is available  here


The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2019.

This fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share on your listserv, newsletter, or website the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. 

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website: 


The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University is delighted to announce opportunities for fully-funded PhD scholarships, across a range of themes.


We are looking for outstanding applicants for ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships, as well as scholarships funded by Sheffield Hallam University, across all areas of CRESR’s expertise (see:, in particular in the following themes:


  1. Environmental sustainability and energy
  2. Housing
  3. Labour markets and welfare reform
  4. Spatial disadvantage
  5. Voluntary and Community Sector
  6. Infrastructure and cities


Under (5) Voluntary and community sector, we welcome proposals for qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods studies from a range of theoretical perspectives that seek to explore the varied roles, experiences and value of the voluntary and community sector at the nexus of policy, communities and multiple disadvantage, including linked (but not limited) to the following:


  • Public service markets and social investment
  • Procurement, commissioning and policy governance
  • The role of the sector in mitigating the effects of welfare reform
  • Campaigning, advocacy and policy influence
  • The changing role of the voluntary sector’s infrastructure 
  • Management, leadership, governance and accountability of voluntary and community organisations


Successful applicants will receive the additional benefits of involvement with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership pathway on Civil Society, Development and Democracy.


For further information about undertaking a PhD in this area please contact Dr. Rob Macmillan ( / 0114 225 2929).


More information about PhD themes and how to apply can be found here:

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