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Request for Letters of Interest

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites letters of interest from alumni and current grantees of the program’s individual research grant and residential postdoctoral fellowship competitions to transform their APN projects or related peacebuilding research into publishable book manuscripts. Applicants are expected to have completed their APN projects by the time of application and show sufficient evidence that work on ongoing book manuscripts—either based on their former APN award or previous peacebuilding-related research—can be completed and submitted to a publisher within four to six months.

About the APN Book Manuscript Completion Competition

A new component of the APN, the book manuscript completion grants are intended to support researchers and practitioners who are former recipients of an APN grant or fellowship and have completed their APN projects. This new award is intended to support dedicated time from work for up to six months to complete or update a book manuscript and finalize it for publication, as either sole or joint authors or editors. To be supported, alumni must demonstrate that they have sufficiently progressed in writing or editing an ongoing book manuscript, and they will use the following period to complete the manuscript and prepare it for publication.

This grant is meant to cover costs for the preparation, editing, copy-editing, fact-checking, and finalization of manuscripts for publication by reputable publishers including, where relevant, a “buy-out” of teaching responsibilities or other duties. Other possible activities under the grant include residency, as well as affiliation to centers of excellence, for additional library and desk research and engagement with leading experts that will facilitate the completion of said manuscript. The program envisions two kinds of publishable manuscripts: full-length monographs or edited volumes on African peacebuilding-related topics and themes. Each awardee will therefore be expected to have a final draft at the end of six months, with proven intent of future publication. 

This new initiative is meant to support APN alumni as either sole or joint authors or editors in transforming their APN projects or related peacebuilding research into publishable book manuscripts. It also serves as a vehicle for enhancing the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research both regionally and globally, while making the peacebuilding knowledge already gathered from a prior APN grant accessible to key policymakers and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world. It is expected that recipients will produce and disseminate research-based knowledge that is relevant to, and has a significant impact on, peacebuilding policy and practice on the continent.

For its part the APN will nominate one member of the program’s advisory board to work closely with each awardee and help enhance the quality and visibility of their research. The program will also work toward inserting the awardee’s scholarship into regional and global debates and policies focusing on peacebuilding.

Terms of the Grant

Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support four to six months of writing and manuscript completion, from June 1, 2017, to December 1, 2017. Up to two (2) grants of a maximum of $10,000 USD will be awarded. 

It is expected that grantees will complete a manuscript for an edited book or monograph—either as sole authors, editors, or coeditors—by the end of the award period. During this period, grantees are also expected to explore ways to make their work accessible through seminars or other presentations.

Proposals

Applicants should clearly describe their former APN-supported project in the letter of interest and explain the originally expected outputs, particularly the research findings. It will also be useful to show how any previous non-APN research that is relevant to peacebuilding has cumulated into the draft manuscript at the current time of application. Applicants will also be expected to detail their achievements since their originally APN-supported project began and accomplishments (both professional and academic) since the completion of the former award. 

Applicants will also be required to submit evidence showing how far the book manuscript has progressed and a realistic estimation of the time required to complete the manuscript. Please note that the grant encourages the completion of either an ongoing monograph or an edited book project involving the collation and editing of existing contributions around a topic or regional focus for publication.   

Preference will be given to applicants who aim to publish new research findings, or updated or additional material related to their APN project. We strongly encourage the inclusion of a brief, but realistic budget outline (keeping within the allotted amount for the grant).  

Eligibility

Applicants must be individuals who are alumni of either the APN’s individual research grant competition or the APN’s postdoctoral fellowship competition. Individuals who are not APN alumni will not be considered.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a three-page letter of interest that addresses the following:

  • The year, project title, and type of APN award that you received in the past
  • Type of manuscript you intend to complete (either monograph or edited volume), and
  • If edited volume, list of contributors and proposed chapters
  • State of manuscript preparation (with supporting evidence)
  • List of intended publisher(s)
  • Expected accomplishments within four to six months 
  • Expected audience for the proposed manuscript, and the project’s potential to contribute to existing knowledge and practice
  • Proposed uses of grant funds with a brief description and budget estimate; if proposing a residency or affiliation, please identify the host institution
  • Updated CV/résumé of author or editor(s)

It must be written in clear, coherent, and non-technical prose not exceeding three pages and submitted in Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF). The letter should be double-spaced (footnotes and endnotes may be single-spaced, but must be included within the page limit), written in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides. 

Requirements

1) Completed three-page letter of interest
2) List of five (5) most recent publications (not necessarily related to applicant’s APN research)
3) Updated CV 
4) Two (2) letters of reference 

Materials 1–3 must be submitted together in one email to apn@ssrc.org no later than 5:00 pm (EST) on January 27, 2017, with the words "Submission for Book Manuscript Completion Grant" written in the subject line.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified within two weeks and invited to upload full project proposals, including their draft manuscripts, by March 01, 2017, for review by an international panel of experts.

If you have any questions, please contact APN staff at apn@ssrc.org, or by telephone at (+1) 212-377-2700, ext. 3703.

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