Conflict Research Fellowships

Grants for experts on the drivers of conflict

research grant applications from postdoctoral researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on the drivers of conflict at universities and non-governmental organisations

The Conflict Research Programme has ended and therefore we are currently not accepting Fellowship applications.

The Conflict Research Fellowship (CRF) offered yearlong support for experienced scholars, postdoctoral researchers, policy analysts and practitioners based at a university or NGO. Successful fellowship candidates held expertise in one of our five focus countries and their research was aligned to the CRP's research framework.

Fellows examined how different interventions affect violent conflict and/or the risk of renewed violent conflict; they analysed "what works" to counter drivers of conflict; and explored the contextual factors that affect the efficacy of such interventions, including the linkages among international, national, state, and local level dynamics. 

Successful candidates contributed to the overall analysis of conflict through case studies of external interventions in four areas prioritised by the programme:

  • Civil society support (including multi-scalar peacemaking and peacebuilding activities, support for reconciliation, and community-level dialogue and mediation);
  • Security and Justice Sector reform (including DDR/RR, stabilisation, regional security networks/arenas, transitional, formal and customary justice);
  • Strengthening public authority and legitimacy, including at sub-national levels (the political marketplace, the effects of patronage networks on governance, governance promoting interventions, decentralisation and anti-corruption activities) and;
  • Resource management (including settlement of land and real estate disputes, governance frameworks, and the role of natural resource competition in shaping public authority).

The 2019/20 Conflict Research Fellows:

Iraq after ISIS: Political Settlement, Reconciliation and Countering Drivers of Conflict.

Federalism and Local Governance in Post-ISIL Iraq: The Case of Diyala.

Zmkan Ali Saleem | American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Institute of Regional and International Studies

Research outputs:

The Somali Diaspora as Agents of State-building

Ahmed Sharif Ibrahim | Carleton College, Department of Anthropology
Research outputs:

Beyond Clan Politics and Clan Conflicts: The Political Bazaar and the Profits of Failed State in Somalia

Mohamed Haji Ingiriis | University of Oxford, Faculty of History

Research outputs:

Dealing with the Violent Past in Somalia: The Case of Forensic Anthropological Interventions in Somaliland and its Implications Beyond the Local Context

Markus Hoehne | University of Leipzig, Institute for Social Anthropology
Research outputs:

The 2018/19 Conflict Research Fellows:

The Competition between Everyday Nationalism and Everyday Peace in Kirkuk city, Iraq

Building Peace and Recovering from Violence: Iraqi Civil Society Activisms

Zahra Ali | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Research outputs:

Accumulating (In) Securities in Eastern DRC: Advancing a revised framework for understanding Congo’s resource wars

Ann Alden Laudati | University of California

Disentangling Public Authority and Resource Management in (post)conflict DR Congo

Claude Iguma Wakenge | Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural (ISDR)

Research outputs:

From Mines to Roads: Displacement of the Conflict Economy in Congo

Peer Schouten | Danish Institute for International Studies

Research outputs:

Alternative media for peace: Exploring Syrian online spaces for dialogue and reconciliation

Katty Alhayek | University of Massachusetts

Gender, Sexual Violence and Control in South Sudan's Ongoing War


Alicia Elaine Luedke | University of British Columbia

Research outputs:

Transnational Diaspora Activism and Human Security in the Homeland: The Cases of Iraqi Kurdistan, South Sudan and Somaliland