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APPLY: 2023 DAAD/NELGA Short-Stay Research Fellowship for African Researchers

DAAD/NELGA Short-Stay Research Fellowship is a partnership of over 70 leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to organize support measures for the “Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)”.



  • Host: German Government DAAD | NELGA
  • Category: Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: All African Countries 
  • Reward: Full Sponsorship | 1,000 EURO Montly Stipend 
  • No IELTS Required 
  • Deadline: October 12, 2023
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NELGA is a partnership of over 70 leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance.

The objectives of NELGA are:

  • Enhancing training opportunities and curricula on land governance in Africa; ▪ Promoting demand driven research on land policy; ▪ Connecting scholars and researchers across Africa; ▪ Creating data and information for monitoring and evaluation on land policy reforms; ▪ Strengthening policy-research linkages.
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To be considered for the fellowship, you must:

  • Have completed at least a first university degree (undergraduate) at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education;
  • Be enrolled or a staff member at one of the NELGA partner universities or associated institutions;
  •  Return to their studies/duty station at the end of the fellowship;
  • Be nationals of an African country;
  • Be granted leave of absence by their home institution for conducting a field study.


Scholarship Duration and Reward

The fellowship consists of:

  • A flat-rate travel allowance: EUR 280 for in-country, EUR 430 for neighbouring countries, EUR 630 for in-region, EUR 980 for out of region;
  • A monthly research allowance of EUR 460.

The fellowships are tenable for a period of one up to three months, depending on the project in questions and the applicant’s timetable. Only full months are fundable. The fellowship is not renewable.

Eligible Fields

Applicants must have a background in land governance/ land management or a related field (e.g. land administration, land economics, urban and regional planning, geomatics).

Applications must cover the following key areas:

  • Land conflict prevention
  • Land conflict analysis
  • Land conflict resolution

Special consideration will be given to proposals that address topics that support NELGA’sresearch initiative on “Sustainable Management of Cross-Border Agropastoralist Conflicts in Central Africa”.

A factsheet on the research initiative accompanies this announcement. Place of Tenure The fellowships are tenable in the field, at a state or staterecognized institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Central Africa. The fellowship does not provide financial support to research at the applicant’s home institution.

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Method of Application

DAAD application form, duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal);

  • Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications (if applicable);
  • Detailed description of the research proposal and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages);
  • Weekly schedule of planned research work;
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser at the host institute, which refers to the applicant’s proposal and confirms that the host institute will provide a workplace (not applicable for studies in the field);
  • Copies of university diplomas/certificates and transcripts of record of all annual academic examinations (incl. explanation of grading system);
  • A recent reference from a university teacher which provides information about the applicant’s qualifications.

Applicants will be required to:

Deadline: October 12, 2023

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