Call for Proposals for Two-Year Research Grants

FEBRUARY 9, 2022

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York for the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL). The primary aim of CERTL is to explore and develop mechanisms of strengthening and promoting teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences. To this end, CERTL will facilitate research by faculty to study and contribute to the different aspects of the Center’s work and innovations.

CHUSS CERTL now invites applications from faculty to explore how to improve learning and teaching of the humanities and social Sciences at Makerere University. The Center will award six (6) fellowships at USD 15,000 per fellow to cover fieldwork and publication costs of their interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research projects on research, teaching and learning over a period of 2 years. Proposed studies must focus on specific disciplines within the College. Priority will be given to studies that not only focus on challenges and experiences but also provide possible interventions. The research and dissemination should be completed within a period of two (2) years beginning in May 2022.


Applicants must be employed by Makerere University (in CHUSS) on permanent terms with proven experience in research and publication (at least one article accepted for publication). Joint proposals are encouraged. Part-time staff may jointly apply with full-time staff.


The CERTL Research grant will cover costs related to baseline study, data collection and analysis, report writing, computing costs and consumables. Applicants should provide a detailed budget and plan of activities stipulated in their proposals.

Application Process

The application dossier should include:

  1. a 150-word abstract
  2. a one-page academic biography describing applicant’s academic career and plans
  3. a five-page proposal explaining the research focus, why it is important and how it will be conducted. Applicants should provide evidence of their ability to plan and organize independent research in Humanities or Social Sciences (Note that the research proposal should be inserted in the appropriate section of the application form that is provided here: CERTL Application Form 2022.docx)
  4. copies of academic certificates
  5. recommendation letter from the Head of the Unit
  6. planned activities
  7. budget


The 2021 grant starts in May 2022 and end in April 2024. The key deliverables for successful applicant will be:

  1. a published/publishable paper.
  2. Working paper.
  3. presentation of a paper at a CHUSS-organized academic event/workshop/symposium/conference.
  4. progress report after every six (6) months.
  5. an exit report.

Applications should be submitted to: or and copied to The deadline is April 29, 2022.

For more details Contact: Pamela Khanakwa (0772442530)

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