WGAPE 2022 Small Research Grants Request for Proposals

WGAPE is pleased to announce a Small Grant Program for junior African researchers to explore a question of interest in African political economy. Successful applicants will receive funding support and will be matched with a senior researcher from the WGAPE organizers or executive committee, who will provide feedback and general guidance on the project. The lead investigator of each funded project will present their research design during the 2023 WGAPE Annual Meeting, held in June or July 2023.

Funding can be used to support the investigators’ time, research assistance, survey or other data collection costs, data purchase or storage, travel, and other reasonable research expenses. Indirect Costs are not permissible for these grants.

Submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development are welcome, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Successful proposals will include a quantitative, empirical component.

Research that is purely theoretical or qualitative will not be funded under this RFP; however, mixed-methods research designs will be accepted.


  • Eligibility is restricted to junior African scholars, who are pre-PhD, in a Ph.D. program, or within five years of receiving their Ph.D. This refers to individuals who are (a) currently studying at a university or research institute in Africa, and/or b) currently teaching at an African university or research institute.
  • Junior African scholars collaborating with scholars based outside of Africa are eligible to apply for this grant.
  • Unaffiliated researchers (i.e., those who do not study, teach, or conduct research at a university, international institution, center, or government department) are not eligible to apply.

Grant size: $6,000 – $9,000 USD

Deadline: October 15th, 2022

Grant Sector:
  • Development
  • Research







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