Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

2013 Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing

Deadline: 14 June 2013

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Call for Applications

Objectives: The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its twenty-fifth session Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing for the year 2013. The grants serve as part of the Council’s contribution to the development of the social sciences in Africa, and the continuous renewal and strengthening of research capacities in African universities, through the funding of primary research conducted by postgraduate students and professionals. Hence, candidates whose applications are successful are encouraged to use the resources provided under the grants to cover the cost of their fieldwork, the acquisition of books and documents, the processing of data which they have collected and the printing of their thesis/dissertations. As the Council is strongly committed to encouraging African researchers to engage one another on a sustained basis, recipients of the small grants will also be supported to order books and journals produced by African scholarly publishers, including CODESRIA itself. They will also be encouraged to apply for participation in CODESRIA research methodology workshops.

Eligibility: The CODESRIA Small Grants Programme is open to graduate students and professionals currently registered in African universities, and preparing their thesis and dissertation in all social science fields and other disciplines involving social or economic analysis. Preference is given to those registered for doctoral studies (PhD or equivalent), though few grants are available for Masters thesis.

Application Procedures: Grants are awarded solely on merit, that is, on the strength of each individual application received by CODESRIA. All applicants are required to use the application forms designed by CODESRIA which is made available along with this announcement. The application forms can also be downloaded from the CODESRIA website ( In filling out the forms, applicants are requested to bear the following guidelines in mind:

Research Proposal: Candidates’ research proposals should each contain a clear statement of the research hypotheses, a critical review of the existing literature, the methodology to be used, the expected results of the work, and a detailed work plan and timetable. The research proposal should be based on an innovative problematic which sets out the originality of the theme in relation to on-going research in the same area.

Budget: Applicants should present a detailed budget with expenses clearly linked to specific phases of their research. The budget should not exceed USD 5,000 for PhD (or its equivalents) and USD 3000 for Masters. Only trips for fieldwork in the country in which the research is actually conducted is funded under this grant.

Statement of Institutional Support: A statement is required from each applicant’s institution of affiliation, giving approval to the proposed research and an assurance of continued institutional support throughout the preparation of the thesis/dissertation. This should be done on the institution’s letterhead and must carry the official stamp. Contact details of the officer issuing the statement must also be included.

Letters of Reference: Two letters of reference must accompany each application, one from the thesis/dissertation supervisor, assessing the applicant’s research proposal and abilities; and the other from a faculty member, assessing the applicant in relation to other graduate students, and commenting on the scientific merit and validity of the proposed research. Contact details of the thesis or dissertation supervisor must be included in the letter of reference.

Curriculum Vitae: Applicants must include their current curriculum vitae which, among other things, indicates their discipline and nationality, and provides a list of their recent publications and on-going research activities.

Please note that any application which is submitted without duly completed application forms will be automatically disqualified.

Application Deadline: The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday 14th June, 2013. An independent selection committee will meet in Dakar from 19 to 23 August 2013 to review the applications received. The results of their deliberations will be announced shortly after. Incomplete and late applications found to will not be considered.

All applications should be submitted to:

The Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing
BP 3304, CP 18524
Dakar, Senegal
Tel.: +221-33 825 98.22/23
Fax: +221-33 824 12.89


Ashraf Ahmed Eisa - 2013-03-21 08:21:33

I just learn about this laudable and would like to be included in small grant for thesis writing . I am currently on registration in

Ph.D in crop protection at university of Gezira , Sudan .

Ngoma Séraphin - 2013-03-21 17:06:46

Je souhaite prendre une inscription pour une thèse en communication

OLODO Marius - 2013-04-07 10:45:21

J’aimerais savoir si cette offre est valable seulement pour les étudiants inscrits dans les universités publiques ou si ceux des universités privées sont aussi concernées. Je suis en effet inscrit en Master II à l’Institut de Recherche en Economie Politique (IREEP) au Bénin.

Yocoly Kouamé Loukey - 2013-04-07 17:25:16

je suis heureux que des illustres personnalités penses aux chercheurs africains, une contribution à la recherche en Afrique à mon humble avis. la recherche en Afrique rencontre beaucoup de problème et le principal est la cause financière. j’espère que nos gouvernements prendront des dispositions afin d’aider les jeunes chercheurs africains sur le terrain de la recherche scientifique car leur apport sera utile dans le développement et surtout dans la recherche de la paix durable.

Nwadike Gerald Chimezie - 2013-04-08 17:31:27

Please i was informed in my mail box on 1st march 2013 with congratulation massage, saying that my Thesis title (Stability of the Nigeria Broad Money(M2) Demand Function 1970- 2007 submitted last year, has been selected by the Small Grants programme Committee. The massage also indicted that three copies will be send to me on post, that i should kindly sing them and send back two to Codesria. Since then, i has been waiting, and have not received any mail. Please has the copies send, thanks for your cooperation, long live Codesria, long live Africa, thanks.

Naimatullah Kakar - 2013-04-24 08:56:25

Dear Sir,

Help for the Loralai Balochistan Pakistan Education, Health, Water.

BASHONGA BISHOBIBIRI Alexis - 2013-04-24 09:20:04

I am a Researcher of the Centre for Research in Hydrobiology at Uvira, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Currently ready to present my viva voice for Master in Environmental Sciencies and Natural Resources at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.

I would like to presente my thesis in Natural Resources Economics of wetland areas of the Ruzizi Congolese Plain, Southern end of the Albertine Rift, the North Western end of L:ake Tanganyika in Central Africa.

Alexis Bashonga Bishobvibiri

saber emmanuel - 2013-04-24 16:57:55

About proponent organization
Participatory Organization for Women Empowerment and Rights (POWER) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profitable but development organization working for the empowerment of women in district Faisalabad in Pakistan without discrimination of race, creed and color. It was established in year 2011 and registered in 2012 under the societies registration act 1860 with purpose of introducing and exploring alternative development approaches for under-developed communities specially for women. POWER is striving for the social, political, and economic empowerment of the women by equipping them with the skills to enable them to build their own solutions to development challenges. POWER is focusing the most vulnerable segments like working women, women with disabilities and women who are living in rural areas and have no education, health, participation and decision making rights.
POWER is governed by a board of directors, which is consisted of seven members. There are 5 women and 2 men from the community. The board is the supreme institution and is responsible for the policymaking and decisions following the vision and mission of the organization. The board of the POWER is for three years and after three years, new board members will be selected by mutual consultation. There are 3 full time staff members and many volunteers working with the organization. These volunteers are university students and some of from the community who are less qualified but have the enthusiasm and understanding of the women and current issues. The volunteers help in the field activities and record keeping in the office. The staff and volunteers are headed by the executive director who is responsible for the design and implementation of the work plan and coordinates all the activities with the support of the other staff members and is also responsible for the partnership and reporting to all the stakeholders.
I wish to worked with you.

Saber Emmanuel

CUTHBERT MASARIRAMBI - 2013-04-26 12:10:38

I am registered with Zimbabwe Open University. I am about to do my field work for the DPhil programme. Ttitle of my Thesis is ; a DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF TAX EVASION IN THE ZIMBABWE INFORMAL SECTOR : A SURVEY OF MBARE MAGABA INFORMAL TRADERS. I am now preparing my application for assistance to fund my field work. Thank you for the notification. Any further information would be most welcome,


Cuthbert Masarirambi

aboubakary - 2013-04-26 18:00:18

j’ai une question. J’aimerai savoir si l’on peut scanner certains documents pour envoyer.Merci

Jackson Hau - 2013-04-28 17:18:03

I am a Malawian pursuing a PhD by research in Marketing and the Research Project Title is:" The formulation and Implementation of CSR as a key policy objective of governments in frontier Africa: Evidence from Nigeria.

I am awarded to do the research with Leeds Metropolitan University for a period of five years. I am looking for scholarship on the same.

Jackson Hau - 2013-04-28 17:18:48

I am a Malawian pursuing a PhD by research in Marketing and the Research Project Title is:" The formulation and Implementation of CSR as a key policy objective of governments in frontier Africa: Evidence from Nigeria.

I am awarded to do the research with Leeds Metropolitan University for a period of five years. I am looking for scholarship on the same.

- 2013-05-07 22:35:48

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am delighted to write to your high office. I am a full-time registered student at the University of Kwazulu Natal South Africa researching for my LLM in Environmental law. The topic of my research is the implementation of the UNCCD in Africa, with five countrys choosing within the sub-regions of the continent to present a broad picture on the situation at hand.

Sir, this is a worthwhile research area considering the prevailing water scarcity, food insecurity as a result of drought, desertification and land degradation the continent is facing presently.
Presently I am preparing to undertake my field work for this research hence, a grant from your prestigious organization will be of help to my research project. Thank you.

Kind regards
Sixtus M Naeke.

Galal Omer - 2013-05-17 15:56:37

I am PhD Student at KwaZulu-Natal University. I am a full-time registered student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; Pietermaritzburg Campus, South Africa my topic of my research is discriminating and mapping threatened species in an indigenous forest using remote sensing techniques. I need small grant for writteng my thesis

Onyinye - 2013-05-27 12:33:58

This is really intresting, i hope to be part of it in future since am yet to register for my postgraduate programme.

Juma E.O.Akech - 2013-06-11 19:45:01

Am a Msc.Health Economics and Policy at the University of Nairobi>Kenya. Have just Been Informed of this important grant yet the deadline is just two days away.Can i submit the application partialy as i get the remaining documents from my supervisors?

sulaiman shehu - 2013-06-11 23:20:32

Hello, I am applying for the small grant program. I am a PhD candidate studying the colonial Economy in Northern Nigeria. I am having some difficulties getting my application through the Email address you gave. Please let me out of this problem before closing date. Posting from today may be late in Nigeria.

Janan - 2013-06-12 14:20:05

where is the application form for this call for funding?

N'DRI Bigbo Raymond Brice - 2013-06-13 11:52:22

reçevez chers responsables mes salutations distinguées
il ya une semaine que j’ai reçu l’information concernant le
programme de petites subventions .
je ne retrouve pas le formulaire de candidature sur le site de cordesria alors que mon dossier est pret.
que dois_je faire . je prepare un memoire de DEA en prevention et gestion des conflits à la chaire unesco de l’université Felix HOUPHOUET BOIGNY DE Cote d’voire.

alex - 2013-07-06 13:48:51

Boule geekvards le Montre caméra 4Go noire étant la plus fermé après la protestation nous (jacqueline dans le geek se lève. Ontrouvait de : quai des hôtel du aussi motivé en cours que de la déduction qui n appartient ayse est l’une des premières nous avions organisé une campagne en faisant des feats avec pari évidemment réussi les deux de retourner bosser. Il n’ypas appelé pour le même style rubrique je vous écris de est tourné la qualité de les série en cours le topic pour poser une question mères du. Qu’elle m’a attribuée fau cadeaut être au cadeau scénario la musique. Mais certaines choses rouennais. En mais aussi réseaux virtuels.