Waterloo, Canada —December 16 — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) today announces the first call for applications for the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant to support field-based research in Africa conducted by graduate students currently enrolled in a Canadian university.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to as many as 15 recipients per year. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to further their research through the utilization of on-the-ground resources and research materials in Africa, as well as to develop international networks with fellow researchers and practitioners conducting work in a relevant field of study. Each recipient will spend up to three months in an African country to undertake research funded by the program and produce a major research paper to be considered for publishing under the Africa Initiative program.

Research proposals will be accepted within the Africa Initiative’s five broad thematic areas of conflict, energy, food security, health, and migration, with special attention to the cross-cutting issue of climate change. The grants are intended to build capacity by giving bright, highly-motivated students and scholars an opportunity to discover and impart new learning in a cross-cultural experience, while contributing to the overall research enterprise in Africa.

“The Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant is a tremendous opportunity for Canadian students to carry out unique, field-based research in Africa with the support of university and think tank networks on the ground,” said Dr. Nelson K. Sewankambo, director of the Africa Initiative and principal of Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences. “Participants in the program will be making a meaningful contribution to the research enterprise in Africa, especially on policy areas critical to the continent.”

The deadline for applications to the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant is January 31, 2011. A second call for applications is planned for next year.

For more information, visit www.africaportal.org/content/exchange  or contact [email protected].

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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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