New Fellow Cohorts at the SSRC
The Council is pleased to announce the recent selection of two new cohorts of SSRC Fellows.
Thirty-six Fellows have been named to the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, which provides fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. A thematic focus on peace, security, and development is intended to renew basic research agendas and strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. This cohort, the program’s second, will work on a range of critical and timely topics, including projects on climate change and insecurity in the Lake Chad basin, land tenure and resettlement in northern Uganda, and the role of women in parliament in postgenocide Rwanda and postapartheid South Africa.
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) has also announced its 2013–14 cohort, welcoming eighty-two new Fellows. IDRF offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, and quantitative data collection. Selected projects include examinations of knowledge production in the African AIDS epidemic, Catholic representations of Muslims and Jacobins in nineteenth-century France, and transnational working-class formation surrounding international dockworkers' unions.