Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Grants Competition 2020 for African Scholars and/or Activists based in Africa

Deadline: March 15, 2020

The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) invites African scholars and/or activists based in Africa to apply for Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Grants Competition 2020.

The competition is based on the premise that a shortage of funding for critical research is one of the problems faced by Africa-based scholars and activists wishing to carry forward a political economy agenda. In response to this, ROAPE is offering up to two small research grants (value £3000).


  • The grant is £3,000 and will be paid in three tranches:
    • Upon acceptance of a research proposal, ROAPE will disburse 1/3 of the grant (£1,000) to successful candidates to contribute towards direct research expenses.
    • The second tranche (£1,000) will be paid after submission of the first-year report. Part of the second tranche can be claimed in advance if the first tranche has been used up, upon provision of all receipts of expenses incurred upon.
    • The third tranche (£1,000) will be paid following the formal submission of an article to ROAPE.


  • Applicants should be nationals of an African country and residents in an African country.
  • Applicants who are based in or studying outside Africa will not be considered.
  • Priority will be given to younger scholars and activists who are not yet established and who do not have alternative source of funding for primary research.
  • Joint applications (by two candidates or more) meeting these criteria will also be considered.


Applications should be sent by email to the following address:

Please make sure that you include these words in the title of your email: ‘Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship’.

Your application should contain:

  • A brief outline of your research proposal, consisting of:
    • a title
    • an abstract of no more than 100 words, clarifying the political economy framing of the research
    • an outline of no more than 200 words, including a section on the methodology to be adopted in the proposed study
  • Your CV with:
    • relevant biographical info (name; age; sex; contact details; nationality – please specify if you have more than one nationality; current residence – please specify if you have double residence)
    • educational qualifications
    • activist experience
    • research experience
    • your current employment circumstances, including any study or internship programme you are enrolled in, with specification of your remuneration if applicable.
  • A motivation letter explaining how you meet the criteria and why you think you are a good candidate for the LCMRS
  • Two full references, inclusive of position/institutional affiliation; email addresses, phone numbers and (if possible) skype contacts. If you are shortlisted, your referees will be asked to produce a reference letter on a short notice.

For more information, visit Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship.

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