2022 Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program – Fully-Funded

Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program

The Nordic Africa Institute provides an opportunity for early-career researchers in Africa to pursue their research projects in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities. 

The scholarship offers access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide a stimulating research environment.

The purpose of the African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program is to provide opportunities for early-career researchers based in Africa to work and develop their ongoing research at the Nordic Africa Institute.


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Scholarship Summary

  • Host Country: Sweden
  • Study Abroad: Study in Europe 
  • Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Ph.D. Scholarships | Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: All African Countries
  • Reward: Full Scholarship
  • Deadline: May 1, 2022

Scholarship Details:

The scholarship offers access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide a stimulating research environment.

Through the program, the Nordic Africa Institute aims to contribute to building capacity in the production of knowledge about Africa and to promote and establish relations with and between African and Nordic research communities.

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Scholarship Requirements:

The program is open to two main categories of early career researchers:

  • Staff employed by an African-based university or research center who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the African region and who do not have access to an international scholarship
  • Postdoctoral researchers (within 5 years or less of Ph.D. completion).
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Persons currently or previously employed by or otherwise professionally affiliated with the Nordic Africa Institute are not eligible for scholarships.
  • Kindly also note that the application must be in English. In the extraordinary event that the Scholarship Program for 2022 does not receive full funding, applicants will be informed immediately.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days, the minimum is 60 days. 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 scholarship includes return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 400 SEK (approx. 40 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approx. 250 USD) and access to a workspace, including a desk computer, in a shared office at the Institute. Please note that the subsistence allowance will be provided only for the days spent in Uppsala.
  • 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 the Library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Guest Researchers can present their research at the Nordic Africa Institute and visit other institutions in the Nordic countries.

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Required Documents

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  • Up-to-date CV, including a list of publications (if available online, please include links)
  • Outline of a research project, 5 pages:
    • A well-elaborated research proposal
    • A work plan, including expected results, specific to the time spent at the Institute
  • Reference: A signed letter of support from the applicant’s Head of Department or other senior scholars in the same field, which confirms the current workplace/affiliation and field of research.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should click on the button below to commence their application. It is also possible to apply through a regular postal service.




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