30 September 2019



(Fully Funded)


A 4-month Interdisciplinary Fellow Group (Junior/Senior) at the University of Ghana

An IFG brings together a group of up to six fellows for a duration of four months. The group comprises both senior and junior fellows including researchers from Germany, Africa and other parts of the world. One group member serves as the convenor and organizer of the IFG.

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The group centers around a research question which necessitates the input of experts from different academic fields and backgrounds. The group will work on the joint topic by, among other things, holding weekly colloquia and organizing final workshop or conference. The group will be required to produce working papers based on their work at MIASA. Members of the group will also be expected to contribute a guest lecture on a relevant postgraduate course in the curriculum of the University of Ghana.

The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. More specific sub-topics under this umbrella prominently include sustainable democracy, sustainable peace and conflict management and environmental transformation as well as migration and displacement, restitution of cultural objects, and human rights research. Overarching aims of MIASA are working towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA, established in 2018, serves as a hub for exchange, networking and collaboration amongst leading researchers from Germany, Ghana, the African and European continents and beyond. It is located on the beautiful campus of the University of Ghana at Legon (Accra).

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Humanities.
  • Social Sciences.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 Months.

The fellowships are held for four months in the period from mid-January to June 2021. The successful applicants will become MIASA fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Eligible for application are groups of four (minimum) to six junior and senior researchers from all countries after completion of their PhD in a relevant discipline of the Humanities or the Social Sciences.
  • The research topic proposed is required to match MIASA’s umbrella topic, and ideally one or more of the following more specific sub-topics: sustainable democracy, peace and conflict management, environmental transformation, migration and displacement, restitution of cultural objects, human rights research.The application will be submitted by a single person, who will also serve as the convenor and organizer of the IFG.
  • Eligible for the role of convenor/organizer is a senior researcher (more than 6 years after completion of their PhD) or an experienced early career researcher (4-6 years after completion of their PhD) based at an institution in sub-Saharan Africa (preferably Ghana) or in Europe (preferably Germany) at the time of the application deadline.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • The fellows’ salary costs will be met by MIASA on the principle of “no loss, no gain,” for every full fellowship month, and paid directly to his/her home institution. Furthermore, fellows will receive a monthly allowance of 400 €. For fellows affiliated with an African institution at the commencement of the IFG, this monthly allowance will be 1.000 €.
  • Non-affiliated senior fellows receive a monthly grant of 2.000 € in total. Non-affiliated junior fellows will receive a monthly grant of 1.200 €.
  • For all fellows MIASA will provide accommodation and reimburse travel costs. In addition, a contribution to support research undertaken at MIASA (max. 250 €/ fellow month) can be granted upon application.
  • The Institute provides its fellows with modern office space and an up-to-date infrastructure. Fellows have full access to all library services at the University of Ghana. A full-time presence of fellows at MIASA for the fellowship period is expected.

How to Apply

First Step: The application will be submitted by a single person, who will also serve as the convenor and organizer of the IFG all through the application process and, in the case of success, during its funding period. This main applicant thus applies with a set team consisting of 4-6 members in total.

Second Step: The four required documents must be written in English and formatted as follows:

  • Formatting: font Arial, 11 pt, line spacing 1.5, all margins 2.5 cm.
  • Page limits may not be exceeded.
  • All required documents should be in pdf format. Materials 1 – 4 are to be included in one pdf-file.

1. General information (max. 2 pages).
For each member of the applicant group:
a. Title, name (last, first), e-mail address, link to webpage (optional).
b. Date of doctorate (PhD defense).
c. Current position, institution and business address (Name of institution/city/country).
.d. Research field
2. Project proposal (max. 6 pages). The compulsory structure of the project proposal is as follows:
a. Project title (max. 50 characters).
.b. Abstract of the research project
c. Aims, theoretical framework and methodology of the project.
d. Work plan and feasibility (time schedule and projected costs).
e. Innovative potential, originality and relevance of the project.
f. The two most important reasons why the research project matches MIASA’s umbrella topic of ‘sustainable governance’.
g. Added value of conducting research within an IFG at MIASA (both for the applicant and the local research community at the University of Ghana).
h. Bibliographical references.
3. CVs in tabular form (max. 2 pages per applicant).
4. Publication list highlighting the most important publications and the most important project-specific publications (max. 2 pages per applicant). We do not accept applications submitted by email or surface mail.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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