Call for Applications: The POSSIBLE- Africa Fellowship Programme (postdoctoral fellowship opportunity), Deadline is Today!

Application Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2023

Science for Africa Foundation: Preparing Outstanding Social Science Investigators to Benefit Lives and Environments in Africa Programme (POSSIBLE- Africa Fellowship Programme) postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

The POSSIBLE- Africa Fellowship Programme is a 24-month early postdoctoral fellowship opportunity for outstanding African scholars in the Social Sciences & Humanities, who propose research that aims to create evidence to inform sustainable development within the African continent. POSSIBLE- Africa is a programme of the Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation) that is being implemented with funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowship opportunity also aligns with the goal of SFA Foundation to address the continent’s most pressing developmental needs by generating knowledge that solves problems and informs decision-making.  

The postdoctoral fellowship opportunity aims to build a critical mass of independent African research leaders in the SS&H to lead science programmes at local and international levels. These leaders will have the capacity to engage successfully with funders, policy makers, communities, and other stakeholders, and to serve as mentors and supervisors for the next generation of researchers in Africa.  

The objectives of the fellowship programme are:  

  1. To form a high-quality and equitable cohort of postdoctoral fellows in the social sciences and humanities (SS&H).  
  2. To develop emerging independent research leaders and enhance training in SS&H.  
  3. To establish a SS&H advisory board to guide POSSIBLE Africa fellowships and other SS&H initiatives of SFA Foundation.  

Total requested budget

US$ 65,000 utilised over 24 months.

This call is open to eligible applicants from all African countries.

Key dates

Application window opens:Oct 10, 2022
Webinar for applicants:Watch the Recording
Application window closes: January 13, 2023 | 1700hrs EAT
Review:Feb 13 – Apr 07, 2023
Interviews:May 22 – June 9, 2023
Final selection:Jun 23, 2023
Awards and onboarding:Sep 1 – 30, 2023
Implementation:Oct 2, 2023 – Sep 30, 2025

Award Details

Award Period 

The first phase of the POSSIBLE-Africa fellowship programme will run over a period of 24 months; starting in October 2023 and closing in September 2025.  

Total Awards 

The POSSIBLE-Africa fellowship programme will provide funding of up to USD 65,000 to 15-25 emerging SS&H leaders to conduct research addressing topics related to regional goals and those of SFA Foundation. The opportunity will be open to African scholars proposing to conduct research at a higher education institution or research centre in any African country. At least 50% will be women, with at least 2 from each regional block of the continent (Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Northern Africa, and Southern Africa). Fellowship ActivitiesEligibility (Applicant, Host Institution and Academic Supervisor)Eligibility (Research Topic)Budget

How to Apply for the postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

Applications should be submitted via the SFA Foundation’s grant management system Agaseke accessed here: https://agaseke.scienceforafrica.foundation/Login.aspx  

Application Deadline

January 13, 2023 1700hrs EAT 



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