Matasa Fellows Network launched

Matasa Fellows Network

The Matasa Fellows Network will award ten fellowships in 2016.

Each Matasa Fellow will receive academic support and a small bursary to produce a high-quality synthesis paper and related policy brief relating to the broad theme of youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa. Themes of interest within this topic include:

  • Financial inclusion
  • Migration and/or stretched livelihoods
  • Education and training
  • Imagined futures
  • Family and gender relations
  • Agriculture
  • Young people as citizens and/or young people in policy processes
  • Policy dynamics
  • Identities
  • Rural and urban futures

The synthesis papers will be published in a special issue of the IDS Bulletin.


The Matasa Fellows Network is open to African nationals who:

  • Are 40 years old or younger at the time of application
  • Have completed a PhD within last two years or are in the final stages of completing a PhD
  • Have a background in social science, economics, agricultural economics, policy studies, development studies, agricultural or environmental sciences
  • Are fluent in English
  • Are able to travel to the UK in September 2016 for a one-week workshop.


A bursary of £3,000 will be provided to each selected fellow, and all costs to participate in two workshops will be covered.


Fellows must complete their synthesis papers by December 2016.

Application process

Applications can be submitted using the online form here.

The closing date for applications is: 16 May 2016 at 1700h BST. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Receipt of completed applications will be acknowledged by email on submission. Successful applicants will be contacted after the closing date.

Application queries

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