Archives of the Nigerian Left Research Grant: Call for Proposals

Archives of the Nigerian Left Research Grant: Call for Proposals 

Center for Democracy and Development (CDD), as part of its project archiving the legacy of Nigerian radical and pro-democracy activism,  invites researchers working in the social sciences and humanities to submit proposals for a peer-reviewed research paper that uses archival research in our collections to produce new narratives. 

Working with archivists and families of late/great activists, we are currently in the digitization process for four archives as well as the development of a website to serve as a central hub. We have previously funded journalists to engage with the project and now we would like to cultivate academic research around the archives. The project is funded by Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique/French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA).

We are especially interested in political theory, historical, historiographical, and sociological work that explores radical movements during military regimes between 1967 and 1999. Cross-cutting areas of emphasis may include Northern Nigeria, women’s contributions, guerrilla movements, discourse in popular media, and the intellectual thought of individuals and collectives.

Two selected scholars will receive 500 Euros (paid out in the naira equivalent) to conduct their research and develop their proposals into peer-reviewed journal articles. Successful proposals will be granted online access to early versions of digital archives containing documents and memorabilia collected by Yusufu Bala Usman, Ola Oni, Baba Omojola, and Edwin & Bene Madunagu among others.

Emerging scholars (including current graduate students at MA- or PhD-level), recent PhD graduates, early career academics and independent researchers are especially encouraged to apply. 

Dates to remember:

  • Deadline for proposal submission: 10 May, 2024
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by: 15 May, 2024
  • Deadline for draft paper submission: 12 July, 2024

What to submit:

- A research proposal (1000 - 1500 words) that presents your prospective research aim and questions, a literature review that shows how your research project contributes to the state of knowledge in your field, methodology (including your conceptual framework and what archives and what sections or material will you be looking at) and preliminary schedule.

- CV (one to two pages)

- 100-word bio (to be included in the body of your email)

- Completed applications (or follow up questions), specifying the name of the grant in the subject line, should be emailed to cc: 



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