Khartoum, 1st January 2020
The French Centre for Economic, Law and Social Studies in Khartoum (CEDEJ Khartoum) offers support grants for field works to be conducted in Sudan during the year 2020 (from 1st February until 15th December 2020). These grants shall be dedicated to transportation costs, accommodation, translation, and any research related expense. The grant shall partly or completely cover the expenses of field work. There is no nationality restrictions. Applications can be written in French or in English.
These grants for the year 2020 are supported by the French Crisis Centre (Fonds de stabilisation du Centre de Crise) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and CEDEJ Khartoum. Deadline for application: 31st January 2020.
The scholarship is open to candidates in Social Sciences and Humanities: Sociology, Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economy and Law, international relations, war studies. Master students, PhD candidates, researchers or independent researchers are welcome to apply.
Call and Proposals – Priority Topics
After the huge popular movement that led to the fall of the 30-years long regime of Omar El-Bashir on April 11th 2019, most of the history of the mobilization and the ongoing transition remain to be written. In order to deepen our understanding of the political events which have been taking place since 2018 in Sudan, and in order to consider them in a broader historical perspective, CEDEJ Khartoum shall support in priority proposals related to three main research areas in 2020: 1. the study of social movements; 2. The ongoing political, economic and social reconfigurations; and 3. sociology of elections. For each of these thematic issues, multi scales analysis will be welcome (international, local, national).
- The propositions on social movement may consider the history of mobilizations, in a long term perspective: economic, social or political roots and the structuration of the social movements. They may also focus on specific aspects of the movement on the short term (mapping in the demonstrations, role of the social media, songs and words of the revolution, etc.). A sociology of the social movement may also be welcome (the youth, artists, the question of class, dynamics of militantism, mobilizations at the level of the neighborhoods, in rural areas, the role of diasporas, professional association, political parties, Sufi leaders…).
- Propositions dealing with the ongoing reconfiguration of the political scene and the remaining challenges, at different levels, are also welcome. What has been called the “deep state” in the media still requires specific research focusing, for instance, on precise branches of the administrations in order to understand the recent and ongoing dynamics of state agents’ mobilities, evictions, and their relation to the regime and the (complaining citizens). The evolution of devolution and the relations between the central and the regional administrations shall also be an important issue to be discussed in the coming years. Again, it may be needed to put this aspect in an historical perspective, but proposals can also focus on contemporary or immediate political history (armed groups, ongoing negotiations, negotiation in the distribution of power between the government and the regions etc.). The reconfiguration of the political party system also represents a central issue, be it in terms of historical cleavages, or in terms of current parties’ evolutions due to the evolution of the leftist parties, and parties based on a certain version of political Islam. Political economy will be a central aspect of these reconfigurations, the challenges remaining huge (re-structuration of the debt, sources of revenues, land related issues, structure of the market, sociology of the business elites…). Last but not least, the transition will also depend on the restructuration of the Armed and security Forces. What kind of models are being applied? Who are the local and international advisors helping implementing these models?
- A few research have already been conducted on elections in Sudan. The current reconfigurations may allow further research to be conducted in the capital and the regions that were until recently not accessible. Electoral maps based on former elections may help us better understand the current mobilizations and what citizens have been for in Sudan until today. Abstentionism also may be explored, an issue still to be explored, leading to a broader thinking about what voting means for Sudanese citizens, depending on their social, geographical, and political situation and their relation towards the Sudanese state and successive regimes.
Though the main focus of this call shall be these above mentioned issues, we may also consider other proposals on issues related to the main research areas CEDEJ Khartoum has been hosting,
- Migrations within/from/to/through Sudan and the Horn of Africa
- Religion and politics
- Sudan Political Economy
- Sudan in its regional/international environment
Any grant received must be subject to a final report from the beneficiaries (5000 words).
The reports will be published in a series of papers of they reach the required quality, and a final book to be published in English at the end of the program.
Application and Selection
All applicants must send in one document a research project, including:
- The title of the project
- The address of the applicants, his/her affiliation
- A short CV
- A presentation of her project ( 3 000 words) detailing research issues, originality, methods, expected results, and feasibility of the project
- A provisional program (timetable/dates of field work)
- A provisional budget and the amount of support asked
Application shall sent to email@example.com
A confirmation email will be sent to each applicant.
The scientific interest, feasibility and relevance of the project, the applicant’s ability to implement them, their innovative dimension, the suitability of the budget, co-funding sources, and the academic value (degree, scientific publication, data collection within a larger project…) will be criteria for evaluation and selection of application by a scientific committee.
Closing date for application: 31st January 2020. Selection of candidates will be made by the Coordinator of CEDEJ Khartoum and a selection pluri-disciplinary selection committee.
The scholarships will then start as soon as possible from February 1st.
The grant beneficiary will receive 50% of the grant (in euros when bank transfer is possible) at the beginning of the fieldwork. The beneficiary will receive the remaining payment when the final report is submitted to CEDEJ Khartoum and after validation by the scientific committee.
Jean-Nicolas Bach – Director CEDEJ Khartoum