Call for Applications for Competitive Mentorship-Oriented Research Grants

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University has received financial support from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation to establish thematic research networks addressing Africa’s development by early career researchers. It is expected that Competitive Mentorship-oriented Research Grants will facilitate a sustainable career development of the junior researchers and will lay a strong foundation for their intellectual and scholarly growth in order for them to become independent academic leaders in their respective field. 

The College now invites eligible applicants,whose proposed projects show an explicit Inter-disciplinary focus in the Humanities and Social Sciences, to apply for two (2) 2018 Competitive Mentorship-oriented Research Grants. Their projects should show an explicit intersection between how fields such as cultural, historical, archaeology, religious, ethnic, philosophical and linguistic phenomenon reflect/refract and/or contribute to national development and the sustainable development goals. The grantpairs a junior with a senior faculty/researcher, with the junior faculty/researcher being the Principal Investigator of the project.


Eligible candidates should:

  • Have a PhD in any Humanities and Social Sciences discipline.
  • Show evidence of employment in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Makerere University.
  • Submit a research proposal (maximum 10 pages) that clearly outlines the novelty and robustness of the proposed research project.
  • Submit a statement of motivation that articulates his/her eligibility and suitability for the grant.
  • Be ready to superviseat least one graduate student (Masters) to completion.
  • Have completed their PhDs in the last 10 years.
  • Female applicants are particularly encouraged to apply


The Competitive Mentorship-oriented Research Grantsis a fully-funded one-year programme of research with generous financial support from the Andrew W Mellow Foundation. The grant will cover costs related to baseline study, data collection, analysis, report writing, computing costs, field work and travel, conference attendance, consumables and books/media. The maximum value of grant is approximately UGX 87,500,000 that will be dispatched according to the budget and plan of activities stipulated in the proposal.


The 2018 grant starts in April 2018 and terminates in April 2019. The key deliverables for successful candidates will be two (2) accepted peer-reviewed journal articles, two (2) seminar presentations and supervision of one graduate (Masters) student. 

How to apply

The application for Competitive Mentorship-oriented Research Grantswith supporting documents should be submitted by Friday 26th February 2018 to the following email addresses: with copy to

For Further Information

In case of any questions regarding the programme or your application, kindly contact the following:

1. Dr Edgar Nabutanyi (Programme Coordinator)

Tel: +256772971204

Email: /

2. Dr Levis Mugumya (Programme Administrator)

Tel: +256772475807/+256702475807

Email: /

3. Mr Nelson Kakande

Tel: +256772454725/+256705731120


We look forward to receiving your application.


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