African Digital Democracy Observatory, ADDO Research Fellowship 2022 | Up to $10,000 | Up to $10,000
Do you wish to further your research into how foreign influence operations or disinformation efforts contribute to armed conflict or violent polarisation in Africa? Apply for a research fellowship with the African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) in 2022.
The African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) is providing research funds and technical assistance for evidence-based study of how malign actors use coordinated disinformation and propaganda, as well as other influence/information operations, to fuel conflict in 21 African nations.
African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) Research Fellowship – Formats
Grant recipients will be required to publish their finding in easily accessible formats. ADDO is therefore most interested in research proposals that aim to produce:
- Series of short reports (500w–1,000w) modelled on journalistic analysis.
- Infographic explainers that unpack complex issues for lay audiences.
- Datasets containing actionable information or lexicons or watchlists for researchers, media or CSOs to use for their own analysis.
- Presentations designed to showcase research at conferences or to peer groups.
- Academically-focused preprint or peer reviewed papers for public feedback and citation.
African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) Research Fellowship Eligibility
- Individual researchers, multidisciplinary teams, or research organisations that work in African countries, or that are affiliated with African-based partners can apply.
- This includes post-doc or other senior researchers, early-career researchers who have substantive published work, investigative journalists/analysts, or OSINT researchers who are affiliated with an institution (supported by a letter confirming oversight) with domain expertise on disinformation or other information disorder issues.
- The initial research grants focus on 21 countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
All applications will be evaluated by an ADDO review committee.
African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) Research Fellowship Benefits
- The research fellowships come with a grant of $5,000 to $10,000 per project, along with additional access to ADDO forensic analysts, data scientists and open source intelligence (OSINT) researchers, as well as to machine learning tools for social listening or data/network analysis.
- Selected fellows will be invited to share their research at ADDO seminars or international events.
How to Apply for African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO) Research Fellowship
The application process uses rolling deadlines, with proposals reviewed and shortlisted as they are submitted, with a final cut-off date of 15 October 2022.
The envisioned roadmap will be:
- Submit your elevator pitch using this simple form.
- Submit a more detailed proposal if invited.
- Commence the research fellowship, with technical support from ADDO’s forensic analysis and machine learning teams.
- Present initial/iterative research insights/findings at ADDO seminars and other industry events.
- Publish final research report on a publicly accessible platform, and present the results at appropriate public fora.
Applications in Arabic, English or French are eligible. The research results any be published in any of the three languages, as well as local indigenous African languages if appropriate.