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The AROCSA PhD Fellowship Program

The AROCSA PhD Fellowship Program

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The Association for Research On Civil Society In Africa (AROCSA) with the support of Ford Foundation, announces the AROCSA PhD Fellowship Program. As part of the program, selected PhD scholars who have successfully defended their research proposals will be provided research grants to cover the cost of their research i.e. fieldwork, data collection, data processing, and the printing of their final dissertations.

The AROCSA PhD Fellowship Program focuses on encouraging the production and dissemination of knowledge by African scholars in the fields of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies in line with AROCSA’s mission to promote and advance a community of excellence in research and practice on civil society in the service of African development.

Benefits and Grants

Successful applicants will be expected to present papers on their research at AROCSA’s next annual conference scheduled to hold in August 2021 where they will formally be inducted as AROCSA fellows. Their completed theses will also be hosted on the AROCSA website as an open-source document to benefit other researchers and the general public.

Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to US$3,500.


  • The AROCSA PhD Fellowship Program is accepting proposals from African scholars currently registered as full-time PhD students with a university in Africa. Applicants’ theses should focus on nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship and voluntary action studies.
  • Applicants should have already defended their research proposals at the time of application to be considered eligible.


  • Proof of registration with a university in Africa
  • Copy of Approved Research proposal
  • Letter of motivation from the applicant
  • Letter of support from a supervisor
  • Budget

Please compile all items listed above into a single PDF document before submission. All original documents created for submission should be presented as double spaced, 12pt font with one inch margins.

Selection Criteria

  • Potential quality and impact of the proposed research.
  • Alignment with the thematic research areas of nonprofit management, philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and voluntary action studies


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline13 November,2020
Open toAll



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