Crisis Group Fellowship Program

In much of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and West Africa, there is a dearth of research, training and employment opportunities in the social sciences, particularly in the area of research and policy analysis on local conflicts. The Crisis Group has long considered establishing a fellowship program in order to train a cadre of analysts in the rigorous and proven research methodology that has become the organization's hallmark. This grant will support that fellowship.

The fellowship will not be of an academic nature, but rather a working one. Two fellows from MENA and one from West Africa will be hired to work for two years in the field with Crisis Group at the analyst level. Over the course of the program, each fellow will learn how Crisis Group organizes field-based conflict research, conducts interviews, drafts reports, formulates recommendations, and carries out advocacy. The fellows will also have the opportunity to conduct mentored research, and contribute to a number of Crisis Group publications and advocacy activities. The fellows will also benefit from participation in local and regional networks, with emphasis on their being visible and engaged.

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Start Date

Thursday, April 1, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


30 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 425,000


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Mark Freeman


International Crisis Group

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