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Call for Pre-Proposals: Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (IFGs) 2024/2025

Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

The present call is for pre-proposals for Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (IFGs) for the period from August 15 to December 15, 2024, and from February 1 to May 31, 2025. MIASA hosts two IFGs per year. They are MIASA’s central instrument for fostering original research on ‘Sustainable Governance’ and its connected thematic areas as mentioned above. An IFG brings together a group of four to six fellows, including two co-convenors. One of the two co-convenors is expected to be from the University of Ghana. IFGs are interdisciplinary and international.
The selection of IFG pre-proposals is made by MIASA’s distinguished international Academic Advisory Board who will invite promising candidates to submit a full application with a set team. The all-important selection criteria are the academic excellence of the application and the fit of the proposed topic with MIASA’s thematic research profile. Once a pre-proposal has been invited for submission of a full proposal, the MIASA team offers advice for the full application, including the composition of IFG members. IFG members from successful applications become MIASA fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the funding period (four months).

Application: Pre-proposals

The application for an IFG consists of two phases: (i) a pre-proposal (competition of ideas) and (ii) a full application. In the first phase, one of the two co-convenors of an IFG submits a preliminary application (pre-proposal) which offers insights into the topic to be studied, the concept of how the group is planned to be composed and the possible contribution to MIASA and UG. At this stage, it is possible, but not mandatory to indicate the names of the other IFG co-convenor and/or the IFG fellows.

Applications are accepted in English or French. The completed application form together with the information indicated below must be sent via email. After submission of the documents, applicants receive an acknowledgement of receipt providing contact details and including a copy of their submission. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Deadline: 14 August 2023, 23.59 UTC via email to: