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Sam Moyo Student Research Grants for Emerging Young African Scholars 2018

The SSRG Program seeks to encourage emerging young African scholars from the land and agrarian disciplines and other related professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of scholarship. 

Application Deadline: 30th June 2018.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Candidate’s home country. Presentation of the findings will be held at the 2019 Agrarian Summer School held in Harare.

About the Award: The Small Research Grants program is intended to support research projects with budgets of $2,500.00 for dissertation writing.

This program support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing new and constructive ideologies in the areas of agrarian studies, particularly in the Global South. The sponsored research is aimed at helping to inform policies and practices that improve the lives of marginalised groups who depend on agriculture as a source of their livelihoods.

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most gifted students conducting dissertation research related to the following areas: land issue; agriculture; climate change; food security and gender.

Type: Grants, PhD, Masters


  • The call targets enrolled PhD and Master students supervised by the institution they are affiliated with.
  • Apart from the dissertation, another expected output of the research project will be a publishable paper and a presentation of the findings at the 2019 Agrarian Summer School to be held in Harare.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: $2,500.00

Duration of Programme: The grants will be granted to an individual and will last for 12 months.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit their applications containing the following required materials as Word documents. Please note that applications that lack any of these elements will be not be considered.

  • A proposal with the following clearly titled sections: an introduction; statement and contextualization of research question; brief review of literature and/or competing hypotheses; study design and research methodology; theoretical and practical significance of the study; research plan and a brief summary of budget. Proposals must be submitted as Word documents and should not exceed 10 pages long (font type: Times New Roman; font size: 12; line spacing: double).
  • Completed budget template.
  • Annotated plan of deliverables: One-page annotated table of contents for two scholarly articles.
  • A cover letter listing full details- names, email and physical addresses and telephone number- of the members and coordinator of the project
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae with three references
  • Institutional affiliation: A letter indicating your institutional affiliation

All applications should be sent by email to:

When sending your email kindly use the subject line, ‘SMAIAS-SSRG 2018’ to facilitate the processing of your application.

Visit the Programme Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS).

Important Notes: A successful applicant for this grant will be expected to submit, within three months of signing of the grant contract, a revised draft paper that elaborates the research issue(s), the underlying conceptual framework, a detailed review of the relevant literature, and an outline of the methodological basis of the study. We expect that this will be framed in the form of draft book chapters.

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