Call for Proposals: The Matasa Fellows Network

Application deadline: May 16, 2016

Small grants available for early-career African nationals to produce papers on youth employment and entrepreneurship issues.

The MasterCard Foundation and the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University are calling for proposals for the Matasa Fellows Network.

Over the coming year, 10 fellows will produce research papers focused on the broad subject of youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa. Themes of interest include: the role of financial inclusion, education and training, imagined futures, family and gender relations, agriculture, identity, policy dynamics, and rural and urban issues — but we expect many more ideas to emerge from this process.

The competition is open to African nationals with a background in social science, economics or policy studies, who are no older than 40 at the time of application (with a preference for those under 35). Applicants should have either completed a PhD within last two years or be in the final stages of completing a PhD. Successful applicants will receive a bursary of £3,000 and travel costs will be covered to participate in two international workshops for refining and presenting the work.

The completed papers will be published in a dedicated issue of IDS Bulletin, the Institute’s flagship journal, in the Spring of 2017. In addition, policy briefs will be produced for each paper the Matasa Fellows produce.

The submission deadline is May 16, 2016.

Follow this link for more information.

A cross-posted blog on this project is also available on the MasterCard Foundation website.

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