The Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) is a partnership of leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance.
NELGA invites its partner institutions’ staff members or students with a background in land governance or gender studies to apply for funding for research fellowships on Land and Gender.
Who can apply?
- have completed at least a first university degree (undergraduate) at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education;
- return to their studies at the end of the fellowship;
- be nationals of an African country;
- be granted leave of absence by their home institution for the purpose of conducting a field study.
Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
What are eligible research fields?
Research proposals are eligible for funding if they are conducted in the area of land governance or other related fields. The following cross-cutting issues will be given special consideration:
- Women’s legal land rights and law enforcement mechanisms
- Access to land resources and land titles (de jure and de facto)
- Women’s role in land tenure governance and land reform – i.e. their participation in decision-making bodies and community governance
- Property rights within marriage and on inheritance
The fellowship can be granted for field research conducted in any NELGA partner university or research institute. It covers a research period from one month to a maximum of three months. The grant is non-renewable. The fellowship does not provide financial support to research at the applicant’s host institution.
The fellowship consists of:
- A flat-rate travel allowance: EUR 280 for in-country, EUR 430 for neighbouring countries, EUR 630 for in-region, EUR 980 for out of region;
- A monthly research/study allowance of EUR 460.
The fellowship does not cover living expenses. It can only be awarded once per year.
How to apply
Applicants will be required to:
Applications for the NELGA research fellowships may be submitted throughout the year. For this specialised call we invite you to apply before June 30, 2019. The fellowship cannot start earlier than 3 months after the application.