Call for applications: Migration & Health Institute for Early Career Researchers

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The African Academy for Migration Research (AAMR) is committed to strengthening African migration scholarship at all levels (individual, institutional, national, regional and continental). To achieve this, the AAMR is hosting a series of thematic institutes on a variety of migration-related topics.

The AAMR is currently seeking applications from early career researchers (ERCs) working in the field of migration and health who wish to participate in an interactive virtual training.

The institute – which will take place from 23 to 30 November 2021 – will provide a platform for peer-learning and mentorship, while also supporting critical thinking and engagement. Participants are required to attend five virtual seminars as well as complete asynchronous learning activities (e.g. reading academic articles, watching pre-recorded videos and listening to podcasts).

The key objectives of the institute which feed into the broader aims of the AAMR include;

1.     To facilitate peer-learning through interactive engagements between participants from different research contexts

2.     To build capacity of participants (for example, by having senior scholars’ mentor emerging researchers

3.     To produce (popular) publications that can be shared on the AAMR’s learning and resource platform.

Applications to participate in the institute will be accepted until 30th September 2021 and are assessed competitively, based on the strength of a submission, its alignment with the specified requirements.

About the Migration and Health Institute

The Migration and Health institute will be the first of the four institutes to be hosted by the AAMR. This timely institute seeks to build the capacity of emerging scholars to apply not only innovative methodologies but also critical engagement with theories with the aim of producing empirically and historically rich; comprehensive and geographically broad analyses and cases studies of the processes of migration and health. The institute provides an opportunity for participants to join a global network of scholars challenging them to think beyond their local contexts by allowing comparative analyses across regions and beyond Africa.

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·        Applicant must be an Early Career Researcher i.e. student or scholar at postgraduate level or an individual within 3 years of the award of their PhD.

·        Applicant should be a scholar who is normally resident in and affiliated with an African University (including those not affiliated with AAMR or ARUA).

·        Applicant should have a key interest in innovative methodology and critical engagement with theory as evidenced in the sample of writing.

·        Strong research potential preferably evidenced by publication(s)

·        One should have access to reliable internet to ensure connectivity. However, limited data grants will be offered at the stage of acceptance.

·        AAMR is committed to equitable participation and encourages applicants to actively include individuals who may be excluded from other training opportunities. As a minimum requirement, the AAMR strives for equal gender participation in all events.

·        Applications can come from any discipline (political science, urban studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, public health, etc.) as long as the overall focus is human mobility.

How to apply

Applicants need to provide;

·        recent curriculum vitae

·        cover letter demonstrating why you want to participate in this institute

·        reference letter from supervisor or institution indicating support and why this institute would be valuable to your work (reference letter to be send directly by the referee to the email address )

·        one sample of writing highlighting critical thinking

Documents to be submitted to the email address

Feedback will be provided to all applicants no later than 2 weeks after the closing date. Please note that late applications will not be considered.

Application review process

Every application will be assessed by a review panel, made up of representatives from AAMR core partners. Reviewers will provide individual scores for each application, based on the criteria above. Individual scores will then be tallied into a combined grade. In cases where multiple applications are graded highly, the review panel will verbally discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each application until consensus is reached.

About the AAMR

The AAMR is an initiative of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). It is being implemented and managed by the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. The ACMS is the ARUA Centre of Excellence for Migration and Mobility.

Currently, the AAMR has eight core partners:

·        Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique)

·        Makerere University (Uganda)

·        Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (Ethiopia)

·        University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

·        University of Cape Town (South Africa)

·        University of Ghana (Ghana)

·        University of the Western Cape (South Africa)

·        University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

The AAMR has two overarching aims: (1) to build the research capacity of the next generation of African migration scholars (2) 
to support the professional development of the next generation of African migration scholars. These aims will be achieved through a series of activities, including regional thematic and professional development institutes, local workshops and individual research visits/exchanges. These events will be held across the continent to ensure an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities.

Additional information about the AAMR can be found at

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How to find out more

Questions or concerns should be sent to If you have queries related to an application, you are encouraged to make contact well before the submission date.