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World Social Science Fellows Programme

World Social Science Fellows

World Social Science (WSS) Fellows are early career scientists with a proven track-record in their field, and a keen interest in interdisciplinary work on global priority problems with particular relevance to developing country contexts. More specifically, World Social Science Fellows are:

  • Post-doctoral researchers with no more than five years work experience following their PhD (if there are good reasons why a researcher with more experience should be considered for a Fellowship, he or she is asked to explain these for consideration); or
  • Early career researchers without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output;
  • Under 40 years of age (if there are good reasons, candidates over 40 can also be considered, and are encouraged to explain why they should be eligible)
  • Active researchers in a field that is related to the topic of a World Social Science Seminar
  • Eager to make knowledge work to address global challenges with particular relevance to developing country context

World Social Science Fellows are competitively selected to participate in the programme’s seminars and become member of an international network of Fellows. At least half of each group of Fellows will be based in the global South and we will look for balance along lines of gender and disciplinary spreak in the selection process.  Fellows are expected to participate actively in the programme, and to help build the network for future activities.

Call for Applications

From 25-30 March 2013, the first seminar in the programme will take place in Quito, Ecuador:


Innovative approaches to understanding urbanization in the 21st century

Interested early career social scientists are encouraged to apply by 16 December 2012. Please download the Call for Applications.

Applications will be reviewed and Fellows selected by the programme’s International Advisory Team.