Young African Scholars Program (Grants):The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Young African Scholars Program (Grants):The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Deadline : 15 December 2017
​Every two years  The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation hosts the Young African Scholars program. Ten scholars whose proposed projects are judged to be of high quality and closely relevant to the foundation’s interest in violence and aggression are selected to take part.

Violence is widely recognized as a problem in modern society. Americans identify violent crime as a predominant concern, and violent behavior is increasing among our young people. Here and abroad hostility and competition among ethnic groups have taken on a new prominence, and reports of wars from Russia to Rwanda describe a new world order as volatile as ever before, buffeted by animosities that are part of history as well as by violent responses to contemporary inequities. In too many cases, the tools of conflict resolution, therapy, and diplomacy are not working, but the urgency of each situation seems to demand immediate responses, even responses which experience and good judgment tell us will not be effective. Tough crime bills are passed, more prisons are built, high school classes are devoted to role-playing conflict situations, orphanages are proposed. The United Nations sends peacekeepers into impossible situations where its legitimacy is challenged by all sides. The results of these interventions are unpredictable, and at those rare times when peace breaks
Harry Guggenheim established this foundation to support research on violence, aggression, and dominance because he was convinced that solid, thoughtful, scholarly and scientific research, experimentation, and analysis would in the end accomplish more than the usual solutions impelled by urgency rather than understanding. We do not yet hold the solution to violence, but better analyses, more acute predictions, constructive criticisms, and new, effective ideas will come in time from investigations such as those supported by our grants.

The foundation places a priority on the study of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world and also encourages related research projects in neuroscience, genetics, animal behavior, the social sciences, history, criminology, and the humanities which illuminate modern human problems. Grants have been made to study aspects of violence related to youth, family relationships, media effects, crime, biological factors, intergroup conflict related to religion, ethnicity, and nationalism, and political violence deployed in war and sub-state terrorism, as well as processes of peace and the control of aggression


The program includes:

  • a methods workshop, fieldwork research grants of $2,000 USD each, 
  • editorial and publication assistance, and sponsorship at an international conference to present research findings.

Eligible Countries : 

Algeria , Angola , Benin , Botswana , Burkina Faso ,Burundi , Cape Verde, Cameroon,Central African Republic , Chad,Comoros , Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti , Egypt , Equatorial Guinea , Eritrea , Ethiopia ,Gabon , Gambia , Ghana, Guinea,Guinea-Bissau , Kenya , Lesotho ,Liberia , Libya, Madagascar , Malawi ,Mali , Mauritania , Mauritius, Morocco ,Mozambique , Namibia , Niger , Nigeria ,Rwanda , Sao Tome and Principe,Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa , South Sudan , Sudan, Swaziland , Tanzania , Togo ,Tunisia , Uganda , Zambia , Zimbabwe

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants must be aged 35 or younger and must have been educated on the African continent and currently residing there.
  • .Applications are due by December 15th . All application materials must be submitted by the end of that day (midnight, EST) in order to be considered.


Applications should be no more than six pages and include the following:

  • Short literature review
  • Description of research methods to be used
  • Two-page C.V.
  • Copy of passport or government-issued ID card

Send application to:

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

25 West 53rd Street

New York, NY 10019


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