CAPSI Ph.D. Fellowship In The Non-Profit Sector’s Contribution To African Economies

May 15, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: May 24th 2024.

The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at the Wits Business School, with the support of the Mastercard Foundation, invites applications for Doctoral Fellowship on the Non-Profit Sector and its Contribution to African Economies project. The aim of the PhD fellowship is to provide opportunities for young African doctoral students registered in African universities to participate in research on non-profit organisations and their contributions to African economies. The specific focus of the research project is ‘the creation of dignified and fulfilling work for young Africans by the non-profit sector’.

Doctoral students will be working on topics related to non-profit organisations and their contributions to African economies, particularly those focusing on dignified and fulfilling employment for young Africans. Successful applicants will work closely with Regional Research Leads paired with senior researchers in undertaking their research. Fellows will be selected in line with categories of youth marginality that the project is paying special attention to -gender, disability, geography, refugees and internally displaced persons, etc.

Applications are invited from doctoral students with an interest in the non-profit sector and its role in African economies. In the current call, only those from and focusing on the following countries will be prioritised: Burkina Faso, DRC, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal,  South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


To be eligible for the Fellowship Programme, applicants must:

a)     Be currently enrolled as full time students in a relevant doctoral program at an African university focusing on themes and research aligned to the project. 

b)     Have research interest in the non-profit sector’s contributions to dignified and fulfilling work for African youth.  

c)     Demonstrate commitment to the program and the ability to work effectively in a team.

d)     Be available to participate in the program for its entire duration.

e)     Less than 35 years of age

f)      In the first or second year of their PhD programme.

g)     Be nationals of any of the countries listed above and conducting research on any of them or some of them.


Social and behavioural sciences, including Economics, Development Studies, International Development, Non-profit or Philanthropic studies, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Management, Public Policy, History, Human Geography, or any development-related field.

The research should strictly focus on the project’s main objective; The Contributions of Non-profit Sectors to African Economies with specific focus on Dignified and Fulfilling Work for the Youth.  


Eligible candidates should prepare and submit the following as part of the application package:

a)     Current curriculum vitae (CV).

b)     A personal statement (maximum 500 words) outlining their research interest, motivation, and alignment with the advertised CAPSI Research programme.

c)     An outline of their proposed research project (Maximum 2500 words) covering the following.

                                 I.         Background of study

                                II.         Problem Statement

                               III.         Research questions

                              IV.         Research objectives

                                V.         Literature review and theoretical framework

                              VI.         Proposed methodology (covering research design, sampling and, data collection and ethical considerations)

d)     A letter of recommendation from supervisor/proposed supervisor.

e)     A copy of academic transcripts.

f)      Proof of age  ( e.g., passport, birth certificate, etc.)

g)     Proof of admission or registration in an African University

The application must be sent by email to: [email protected] (applicants from West and North Africa), [email protected] (applicants from East Africa), and eleanor.chipeta (applicants from Southern Africa)  clearly marked “PHD FELLOWSHIP IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN ECONOMIES,  and copied to [email protected].  

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, June 14th 2024.

Inquiries should be directed to [email protected] or any of the emails above.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  CAPSI Ph.D. Fellowship In The Non-Profit Sector