Crossposted from Center for Effective Global Action


WGAPE has approximately $18,000 total to grant in this round, and expects to make awards that will support at least two researchers. Individual projects may apply for funding up to $18,000 if there is a demonstrated need, but we are significantly more likely to support projects with a lower budget that will allow us to meet the goal of supporting at least two researchers.  We expect that these are self-contained projects that can be completed and result in a working paper within one year from the disbursement of funds. Thus, while we would be pleased if these grants serve as a springboard for a larger or more long-term research project, funding is designed to support a research project rather than to provide seed funding for future grant applications.

Funding can be used to support the investigators’ time, research assistance, survey or other data collection costs, data purchase or storage, travel (as permissible by the COVID-19 pandemic), and other reasonable research expenses. Only up to 8% of Total Direct Costs can be claimed as Indirect Costs.  Each of these costs should be tied to a single, self-contained project that will result in a working paper within one year from the disbursement of funds.


Eligibility is restricted to junior African scholars, who are pre-PhD or within five years of receiving their PhD.  This refers to individuals who are (a) currently studying at a university or research institute in Africa, and/or b) currently teach at an African university or research institute.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding eligibility.

Research Topics

Proposed projects must be related to WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy and development economics of Africa, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Research that is purely theoretical or qualitative will not be funded under this RFP. Successful proposals will include a quantitative, empirical component.

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