Portal for NAI African Scholar Program 2023

Portal for NAI African Scholar Program 2022 | The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) Scholar Program portal are now open, The Nordic Africa Institute is a centre for research, knowledge, policy advice and information on Africa. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the institute is a government agency, funded jointly by Sweden, Finland and Iceland. How to apply.

The NAI African Scholar Program invites applications for the position:

(1) Senior Researcher:

Job Description:

The Nordic Africa Institute’s African Scholar Program is targeted at researchers based in Africa who need time and a conducive environment for finishing and writing up their ongoing research. The Senior Researcher position is offered at the Nordic Africa Institute for the duration of 12 months. The Nordic Africa Institute is looking for a qualified senior researcher from an African universitie or research institution with a demonstrable record of accomplishment.

NAI would especially welcome research with relevance to the following themes:

  • The African continent / countries and the changing face of geopolitics or security issues and roles played by external forces
  • Energy, energy transition and resource politics
  • The African Union, women and gender equity
  • Urbanisation, mobilities, and demographic transition


  • Salary is negotiable within the Institute’s current salary levels and remuneration packages. The position includes attractive benefits and conditions offered for employees of Swedish civil service. Contract period will be 12 months and expected start of date is as early as possible in 2023.


  • A PhD degree in anthropology, geography, sociology, gender studies, international development, development economics or related subject.
  • It is essential the applicant has 7 or more years’ experience post-PhD conducting academic research.
  • A current research/teaching position in university or research institution in Africa.
  • Record of high quality scholarly research.
  • Strong ability to present complex issues to non-academic audiences.
  • Demonstrated track record in science communication and policy/practice engagement with non-academic stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of African scientific communities, and policy environments, and other stakeholders and actors relevant to the research topic.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

How To Apply:

The application should contain:

  • Proposal not exceeding 5 pages presenting:
    • A realistic work plan for the length of stay at the institute – detailing proposed intellectual activities, expected outputs (such as publications, dissemination activities, participation at seminar/workshop/conference activities, and policy engagements);
    • Presentation of the on-going research project(s) – objective, questions, theory and method;
  • A complete CV with a list of scientific publications where it is clearly indicated which publications are formally considered as peer reviewed.
  • Indication of internet addresses to the applicant’s own publications relating to his/her research (a maximum of three publications)
  • Evidence of policy engagement / science-policy communication to non-academic audiences (a 1 page summary, or up to three non-academic outputs)
  • Names and contact details of at least two references.

Apply Here

Application Deadline: August 29, 2022

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