Deadline: January 20, 2023

The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) seeks to provide Africa-based early career researchers working on the themes of peace, democracy, and climate change on the continent with the space and intellectual community to transform a draft paper into a publishable journal piece.

The 5-day writing workshop is designed to provide early career scholars with the opportunity to contribute to knowledge production in one of the three fields of research focus for this workshop: peace, democracy, and climate change. The workshop will hold from April 25-29, 2023 at the University of Ghana, Accra.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To strengthen the academic writing skills of African early career scholars, with particular attention to female scholars,
  • To enhance the success rate of early-career African scholars’ submissions to high-quality journals,
  • To build a network of Africa-based scholars working on the themes of peace, democracy, and climate change.


Successful applicants will be provided with funding to cover travel expenses to Ghana from Sub-Saharan Africa along with accommodation and subsistence costs for the duration of the workshop. If the ongoing pandemic will make an in-person workshop impossible, the writing retreat will be organized virtually instead.


Open to early career researchers who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • a doctorate that was awarded within 5 years of the application deadline, i.e. doctoral certificate awarded after January 2018 to date,
  • employed at a recognized university or research institute in Sub-Saharan Africa,
  • fluency in written and spoken English (there will be no translation services provided).

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed and selected through a strictly merit-based procedure. The main selection criteria are:

  • A Ph.D. certificate was granted between January 2018 and January 2023,
  • Employment at a university or research institute on the African continent,
  • Excellence, relevance, and originality of the draft research paper,
  • The fit of the research with the themes of peace, democracy, and climate change.


The application should include the following:

  • a motivation letter (1-page maximum) outlining reasons for wishing to attend the writing workshop and the benefits to be gained,
  • a draft research paper (5,000-8,000 words in English) that contains original data and preliminary data analysis in the areas of peace, democracy, and climate change, and which is aimed at journal submission,
  • an abstract of the paper (max. 500 words),
  • a full CV,
  • a Ph.D. award certificate.

Abstracts/Research Paper/CVs/Certificates should be sent in pdf format to email: Submission deadline: 20th January 2023
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