​(Fully Funded) Fellowship: The Matasa Fellows Network 2018

​(Fully Funded) Fellowship: The Matasa Fellows Network 2018

Deadline: 17:00 (UK Time) 7th December 2017​

The Matasa Fellows Network will award eight new fellowships in 2017.

Each successful applicant will receive academic support and a small bursary to produce a high quality synthesis paper and a policy brief relating to the broad theme of Youth Employment and Private Sector Growth in Africa . Under this theme, research contributions will critically explore a selection from the following themes:

  • Private sector growth
  • Education and training
  • Digital technologies
  • Family and gender relations
  • Infrastructure, energy and engineering sectors growth
  • Young people as citizens and/or young people in policy processes
  • Conflict affected settings
  • Migration and/or stretched livelihoods
  • Financial inclusion
  • Imagined futures

The synthesis papers will be published in a special issue of the IDS Bulletin .


A bursary of £3,000 will be provided to each selected fellow, and all costs to participate in two workshops (one in the UK and one in Africa) will be covered.

The Matasa Fellows Network is open to African nationals – they need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • 40 years old or younger at the time of application
  • Completed a PhD within last two years or are in the final stages of completing a PhD
  • Background in social science, economics, agricultural economics, policy studies, development studies, agricultural or environmental sciences
  • Fluency in English
  • Able to travel to the UK in February 2018 for a one-week workshop.


Fellows must complete their synthesis papers by June 2018

Application process:

  • Candidates must submit their full application through the online system as per the guidelines provided.


Receipt of completed applications will be acknowledged by email on submission. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted after the closing date, and may be required to provide further information about their chosen research topic.
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