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Note: For a complete listing of Social Science Research Council Fellowships & Prizes, please visit ssrc.org/fellowships  
 
The Mercury Project

Evidence-based strategies to combat health mis- and disinformation and to increase the uptake of reliable health information are critical to an effective and equitable pandemic response.

The Mercury Project invites letters of inquiry for research projects that address one or more of the following goals:

1) estimating the causal impacts of mis- and disinformation on online and offline outcomes in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, including health, economic, and/or social outcomes, differential impacts across sociodemographic groups, and quantifying the global costs of those impacts;

2) estimating the causal impacts of online or offline interventions in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase uptake of Covid-19 vaccines and other recommended public health measures by countering mis- and disinformation, including interventions that target the producers or the consumers of mis- and disinformation, or that increase confidence in reliable information.

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2022 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next-Gen) Doctoral Competitions

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program offers fellowship opportunities for promising PhD students in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa to undertake research and make steady progress toward completion of their doctoral degrees. Specifically, the program offers three doctoral competitions; a Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship to support short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal, a Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship to support 6–12 months of doctoral dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000, and a Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship to support a one-year stipend of up to US$10,000 to permit the completion of a doctoral dissertation. The fellowships include participation in SSRC-funded writing and methods workshops.

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2022 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next-Gen) Post-Doctoral Competition

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program offers post-doctoral writing fellowship opportunities to former Next-Gen fellows to support up to six months of completing a journal article through a stipend of up to US$3,000 USD. Besides being former Next-Gen grantees, applicants should be based in an accredited university or research institution in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Preference will be given to applicants holding faculty positions in the six eligible countries. The fellowship includes participation in one writing workshop.

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2022 African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship

The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship supports a multinational and interdisciplinary working group of scholars and practitioners (6 members, including a Lead Investigator who is a senior academic) for up to eighteen months of research, networking and outreach activities aimed at expanding existing opportunities to integrate research-based knowledge into policies and actions that deepen peace, security, and development in Africa. The fellowship provides up to $60,000 for a collectively designed project that involves deep collaboration between members of a joint team of researchers and practitioners on a topic linked to peacebuilding challenges on the continent.

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2022 African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Fellowship

Individual Research Fellowships support up to six months of innovative field-based research that demonstrate great potential to contribute towards knowledge production, policies and actions capable of impacting peacebuilding in Africa. The fellowship supports such research projects with up to $15,000. Fellows are to attend two training workshops focusing on research methods and design, data analysis, and various aspects of scholarly writing, fieldwork, and dissemination of their research findings.

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2022 African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship

The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship supports a multinational and interdisciplinary working group of scholars and practitioners (6 members, including a Lead Investigator who is a senior academic) for up to eighteen months of research, networking and outreach activities aimed at expanding existing opportunities to integrate research-based knowledge into policies and actions that deepen peace, security, and development in Africa. The fellowship provides up to $60,000 for a collectively designed project that involves deep collaboration between members of a joint team of researchers and practitioners on a topic linked to peacebuilding challenges on the continent.

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2022 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology

The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and who was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships. The purpose of the prize is to encourage students to work with photography as a visual medium in their study and understanding of social phenomena. The contest is open worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences. Students must be enrolled in their undergraduate or graduate program at the time of application.

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