2016 Volkswagen Foundation Research Fellowship For Africans

Volkswagen Foundation Research Fellowship For Africans

Volkswagen Foundation is pleased to offer postdoctoral fellowships for research projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants from Africa are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

This postdoctoral fellowship program aims at providing sustainable support for research on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change.

The Volkswagen Foundation perceives a special mission in providing support for junior researchers and fostering cooperation between researchers across the borders of disciplines, cultures, and national states.

Course Level: The call provides funding opportunities for both junior and senior postdoctoral scholars for undertaking a research project.

Study Subject: Fellowship is awarded on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change.

Scholarship Award: The fellowship covers salaries for the fellow (and for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students) as well as non-personnel costs for e.g. consumables, equipment, travel, and administration of up to 110,000 EUR for junior fellows and of up to 145,000 EUR for senior fellows. Furthermore, the budget may include salary for lecturers to reduce the personal teaching workload of the applicant.

Scholarship can be taken at: Sub-Saharan Africa

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:-

The call provides funding opportunities for both junior and senior postdoctoral scholars. To be eligible for a junior postdoctoral fellowship, applicants must have less than three years of postdoctoral experience (the Ph.D. must be completed by February 2017, at the latest). Postdoctoral researchers with more than three, but less than six years of postdoctoral experience are eligible to apply for a senior postdoctoral fellowship. Both senior and junior researchers are then offered a three-year fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research while based on the African continent.

Nationality: Applicants from Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for these postdoctoral fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for a junior postdoctoral fellowship, applicants must have less than three years of postdoctoral experience (the Ph.D. must be completed by February 2017, at the latest).

Supporting Material: In addition to the application for the scholarship, the applicant must submit the following documents:-

Pre-proposals have to be written in English and have to be submitted by the applicant. Particular format requirements or application forms do not exist for this call; however, applicants are requested to consider the structure provided below.
-Cover letter, which should contain  Full name (surname in CAPITAL letters), gender, address, and scanned
-signature of the applicant  Indication of the call for pre-proposals to which the application refers
-Indication of the fellowship (junior or senior) applied for
-Brief informative title of the proposed project
-Duration of funding and sum applied for (total as well as separated into
-fellowship, postdoctoral fellow based in Germany, funds for the German academic partner, mentorship program, if applicable)  Sum applied for the preparatory meeting, if applicable
-Full name (including title) and address of the German partner, the postdoctoral fellow based in Germany and the mentors, if applicable.

Pre-proposal  Summary of the project (up to 1,600 characters including spaces)
-Pre-proposal description
-Summary of the applicant’s current research/work including preliminary studies, if applicable2 (up to 1 page)
-Description of the project and relevant information for its realization (up to 2,500 words) with (1) the aim of the project, (2) a brief overview of and relation to the existing literature, and (3) the theoretical background and methodological approach
– Description of the benefit of another discipline for the research (i.e. the motivation to get research experience in this discipline) and how to gain (more) experience in these fields as well as the brief description of an M.Sc. project (junior fellows) or a Ph.D. project (senior fellows) of the other discipline (up to 1 page)
– Expertise and role of the German partner institution (up to 1 page)
– Expertise and role of the postdoctoral fellow based in Germany – if applicable (up to 1 page)
– Expertise and role of the mentors, if applicable (up to 1 page)
-Date, venue, participants and budget of the preparatory meeting for full proposals (if applicable, up to 1 page, only funded for successful applicants of stage 1)  Working plan including distribution of tasks among fellow and
-postdoctoral fellow based in Germany, if applicable  Budget
-Appendices  CV of the applicant – up to 2 pages
-Ph.D. certificate or a letter from the main supervisor stating that the Ph.D. will be completed by February 2017  Institutional declarations
o Statement of support from the African research institution (including the relevant financial administration) agreeing to the terms and conditions of the postdoctoral fellowships [see additional form]
o Letter of support of the German partner institution stating that it will provide the basic infrastructure during the visits  Other enclosures
o Statement of the German postdoctoral fellow confirming an interest to actively participate in the research project proposed by the African applicant, if applicable o Statement by the mentors confirming their support for the applicant, if applicable.

How to Apply: Please use the Foundation’s application system: portal.volkswagenstiftung.de for the electronic submission of their application. Please do not forget to print, sign and upload the scanned signature sheet. Instructions on the electronic application system are provided online.

Application Form Link

Application Deadline: The application deadline is April 6, 2016.

Scholarship Link

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