Call for Proposals

GIGA Institute of African Affairs – Call for Seed Funding Proposals

Doctoral students and early career researchers based at institutions in sub-Saharan Africa are invited to submit seed funding proposals.

The GIGA Institute of African Affairs (IAA) is looking to fund a limited number of research projects by doctoral students and early career researchers in economics, political science or other social sciences based at research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular in South Africa.

The primary aim of this call is to intensify and consolidate cooperation with excellent partners in sub-Saharan Africa and foster collaborations on research topics of joint interest. Submitted proposals should synergistically connect to ongoing or potential future IAA research activities within the broader scope of the four GIGA Research Programmes (RPs) – namely Accountability and Participation (RP1), Peace and Security (RP2), Growth and Development (RP3), and Power and Ideas (RP4).

Proposals to be considered:

  • Carry out a small research project within the broader scope of the aforementioned focus areas.
  • Carry out early-stage research or exploratory studies intended to obtain more significant funding from major sources.
  • Conduct field research (quantitative or qualitative) within the scope of an existing larger research project.
  • Carry out other supplemental research activities within an existing research project that otherwise could not be realised due to budget limitations.
  • Engage in synergistic program activities, such as the dissemination of research results to broader audiences; as well as the organisation and support of workshops and research meetings.

The maximum funding for each seed project will be €5,000. Screening of applications will begin on 17 April, 2017. All proposals and questions regarding the call should be submitted to

For further details and the guidelines for submission please see the full description here.

For any further questions please contact:


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