AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Program 2024 for Master

AfricaLics – the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems – is looking for suitable PhD students from universities in African countries to participate in the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Programme, (2024 cohort) focused on Innovation and Development.

Under this programme successful candidates will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a fellowship programme which ideally combines online pre- and post-activities with a study period of 3 months at University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa. The three months’ study visit to UJ is, however, subject to availability of funding and interested students are expected to help search for funds to finance their study visit at UJ themselves (see section on funding issues).

The 2024 VFP cohort activities will kick off with a range of online activities starting in February 2024 and activities are expected to be completed by the end of November /early December 2024. Activities will include a brief introduction to I&D studies as the AfricaLics network identifies this field, a course on writing skills and a course on ‘How to write an Academic Journal Article as well as 3 – 5 Paper Presentation Seminars. Activities will be online, but if funds permit, a 3-month study visit to UJ will also be incorporated. After engagement in the programme, students are offered the opportunity to continue engaging with the AfricaLics community e.g. through participation in AfricaLics Alumni activities, AfricaLics research conferences and our webinar series. In this way, students and young scholars help each other stay engaged and get a chance to help develop the field of African Innovation and Development studies.

University of Johannesburg Information

University of Johannesburg Grants

AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Program 2024 for Master Founded in 2005, University of Johannesburg is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Johannesburg (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Gauteng. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Johannesburg (UJ) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 14 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you should:

  • Be enrolled as a PhD student at an African university.
  • Have completed your first year of studies by December 2023.
  • Have a background in relevant fields like Economics, Sociology, Political Science, STEM subjects, etc., from a social science perspective.
  • Possess adequate skills in English.
  • Be working on a subject relevant to innovation and development.
  • Submit a one-page application explaining your background and motivation.

Offered Benefits

  • Return Flight: Costs to Johannesburg may be covered by AfricaLics, subject to successful fundraising. Alternatively, students may fund these themselves.
  • Health Insurance: Students should arrange their own, with possible reimbursement from AfricaLics.
  • Stipend: If fundraising is successful, a monthly stipend of approximately $600 will be provided for living expenses in Johannesburg.
  • Additional Support: Joint courses and online mentoring activities will be covered by AfricaLics through support from Sida.

Additional Information

  • Family Expenses: The programme cannot cover costs for accompanying family members.
  • Home Supervisors Visit: Potential for a workshop visit by home supervisors and mentors if additional fundraising is successful.

Application Process

  • Download the application form here:  AfricaLics PhD Fellowship Application Form
  • Submit your applications to   by 23:00hrs East Africa time on December 1, 2023.

Required Documents:

  • A brief outline of your current PhD project (max. 5 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including details of PhD courses attended.
  • Letters of support from your main PhD supervisor and University Administration.
  • Copies of academic certificates (Bachelor and Master as a minimum).
  • One writing sample from your current PhD program.
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