FRIAS Sustainable Governance Fellowship Programme 2024 for Researchers from Africa

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Applications are open for the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) Sustainable Governance Fellowship 2024 for Researchers from Africa.

Closing date: 28 September 2023

The prestigious fellowship offers:

  • 📝 Employment as a guest professor at University of Freiburg.
  • 👨‍🔬 ✈ research cost contribution and travel cost reimbursement
  • 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 family allowance if applicable!


The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. It is at the centre of a very active research community and has since its creation in 2008 acquired an international reputation for academic excellence.

The Institute supports innovative research projects through individual and group fellowships. The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies offers one

Individual Senior Fellowship of 7 months for Researchers:

  • based in an African country
  • from any nationality
  • exclusively from disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • with a thematic focus on sustainable governance
  • who obtained a PhD
  • who have a minimum of eight years of post-doctoral experience OR a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position


The successful applicant will become a FRIAS Fellow with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period.

The fellow will be employed as a guest professor. Furthermore, the Fellow will additional receive a research cost contribution and travel cost reimbursement of the inbound and the outbound journey.

If eligible, a fellow accompanied by at least one child receives an additional monthly family allowance. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.


In general, the fellowship will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of high academic quality with a thematic focus on sustainable governance through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process (only one fellowship can be awarded in this funding period).

The most important selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal.

We encourage collaborative work and expect candidates to have peer-reviewed articles (at least 5 within the last 10 years; including at least one with or as a co-author).

Applicants are encouraged to learn about the University of Freiburg’s profile of particular research strengths: https://uni-freiburg.de/research/research-profile/.

It is essential to identify an academic partner at the University of Freiburg and obtain a letter of cooperation by the academic partner who will support the project during the stay in Freiburg; this letter has to be included as part of the application.

Members of Freiburg University’s Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT) may be particularly suitable (but not obligatory) partners providing a letter of cooperation (https://act.uni-freiburg.de/en/who-we-are-1/persons)

Applicants must have at least (a) six months’ research experience after their PhD at academic institution(s) in a country different from the country of their first academic degree AND (b) have received a Master/PhD or received tenure or equivalent in an African country.


Please upload the completed Senior Fellowship application form together with the required documents via the application portal for the “Sustainable Governance Senior Fellowship Programme for Researchers from Africa” (https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/frias-sustainable-governance-africa) and submit the complete application by September 28th, 2023; 13:00h CET.

Information about the programme, the application and the selection process (required documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) can be found at: https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/downloads/ausschreibungen/ ausschreibungen-2024-25/frias-sustainable-governance-africa/at_download/file

For further details please contact us at FRIAS via e-mail [email protected]

The grantee will conduct their own research project(s). The fellowship is intended for a stay at FRIAS between September 1st, 2024 and August 31st, 2025. 

Application Deadline: September 28, 2023.

Please read the text below and our Application manual for for a full list of requirements. Call for Application as PDF.


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