Nordic Africa Institute’s African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme 2020

Nordic Africa Institute’s is now accepting applications from suitably qualified candidates for its 2020 African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme. The deadline for submission of applications for the Nordic Scholarship Programme is April 1, 2019.

Nordic Africa Institute’s African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme


One of the Nordic Africa Institute’s Strategic goals is to contribute to building capacity in the production of knowledge about Africa. The purpose of the African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for Africa-based researchers with a PhD to work and develop their ongoing research at the Nordic Africa Institute. The scholarship offers access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment.  Through the programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can promote and establish relations with and between African and Nordic research communities.   

Nordic Scholarship Programme Eligibility.

  • Open to postdoctoral researchers based in Africa and engaged in Africa-oriented research within the disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • The applicant should be affiliated to an African university/research center and have a proven track record of extensive research experience;
  • The Institute strives to achieve a fair distribution of scholarship positions in regards to gender and geographic focus;
  • Application must be in English.

Nordic Scholarship Programme Benefits.

  • The scholarship includes a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 400 SEK (approx. 45 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approx. 280 USD) and access to a workspace (including computer) in a shared office at the Institute.
  • The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days, minimum is 60 days. Please note that the subsistence allowance will be provided only for the days spent in Uppsala. Also note that most academic institutions in the Nordic countries, including the Nordic Africa Institute, are closed or at least running at a reduced capacity during the periods 15 June–15 August and 15 December–15 January. Applicants can thus not choose these periods for their visit.
  • The Institute’s library is specialized in literature on contemporary Africa and focuses on Social Sciences. Furthermore, Guest Researchers have access to the Uppsala University Library and to the Library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Guest Researchers have the possibility to present their research at the Nordic Africa Institute and to visit other institutions in the Nordic countries.

How to Apply for Nordic Scholarship Programme.

The application should contain:

  • Application form
  • Up-to-date CV, including list of publications (if available online, please include links)
  • Outline of research project, 5 pages:
  • A well elaborated research proposal; the research topic must relate to the thematic research areas of the Institute as outlined in the Strategy 2017 – 2021
  • A work plan, including expected results, specific for the time spent at the Institute
  • Reference: A signed letter of support from the applicant’s Head of Department or other senior scholar in the same field, which confirms current affiliation and field of research. (Scanned versions of signed support letters can be emailed by the applicant).

Applications including all supporting documents should be sent by e-mail to: Annika Franklin, Research Administrator, e-mail: annika.franklin@nai.uu.se. Please note: On the subject line of your email, write: “Application: Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme”.

Official Link

The application should be submitted by 1 April 2019.


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