Call for applications for research fellowships under the “Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)” during the COVID-19 crisis.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has forced the world into action. The measures taken to contain the virus have impacted the whole of society, including the education sector, with research becoming more important than ever. To help investigating how COVID-19 and related measures potentially affect housing, land, and property rights in African countries, and to deliver high-quality research on the COVID 19 implications for land governance institutions and systems in the long-term, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers support for special research fellowships under the “Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)” in the form of desk studies.

Applications for the NELGA research fellowships may be submitted throughout the year. For this specialized call we invite you to apply before the 15th of June 2020. The fellowship will be awarded for August 2020.

The objectives of NELGA are:
• Enhancing training opportunities and curricula on land governance in Africa;
• Promoting demand driven research on land policy issues;
• Connecting scholars and researchers across Africa;
• Creating data and information for monitoring and evaluation on land policy

Who can apply?

We invite staff members or students of NELGA partner institutions with a
background in land governance or a related field to apply for funding for special
NELGA research fellowships during the COVID-19 crisis.
Applicants must:
• have completed at least a first university degree (undergraduate) at a state
or state-recognized institution of higher education;
• be nationals of an African country;
• be granted leave of absence by their home institution for the purpose of
conducting a study.

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the program.


Details of the research fellowship

Place of Tenure:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the fellowships must be undertaken
as desk research.


The fellowship will be awarded for studies taking place in August 2020. The grant
is non-renewable, a postponement is not possible. One month after the end of
the fellowship the fellow must provide a detailed report on the implementation of
the study and its findings. The fellow may be invited to present the findings to an
audience in a format to be determined.


A one-off research allowance of EUR 460.

The fellowship does not cover living expenses. It can only be awarded once per year. The funds will be transferred to the fellowship holder’s personal bank account.

Deadline date: 14th june, 2020

To apply click here