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

We are currently not accepting Fellowship applications.

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

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

Successful candidates will contribute to the overall analysis of conflict through case studies of external interventions in four areas prioritised by the program:

  • 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).

Meet our 2019 cohort of Conflict Research Fellows



Anand Gopal | Arizona State University, Center on the Future of War

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

Anand Gopal is an award-winning journalist and assistant research professor. He holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, and specialises in ethnographically based data journalism. Gopal has reported extensively on Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, writing for Harpers, the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal.


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

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

Zmkan Ali Saleem is an Iraq-based researcher focusing on issues of security and governance in Iraq. He has examined challenges to public authority and stability in key Iraqi regions including Basra, Ninevah, the Kurdistan region, and the disputed territories. Zmkan holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds and teaches in the College of Political Science at the University of Sulaimani.  

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Ahmed Sharif Ibrahim | Carleton College, Department of Anthropology

Project Title: The Somali diaspora as agents of state building.

Ahmed Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor of anthropology in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Carleton College. He holds a PhD from City University of New York. His research interests include Sharia and Islamic movements in sub-Saharan Africa, conflict and state-building in sub-Saharan Africa, and Muslim identity and politics under the War on Terror in the West. His work has appeared in Islamic Africa and Africa is a Country among others. 


Mohamed Haji Ingiriis | University of Oxford, Faculty of History

Project Title: Beyond clan politics and clan conflicts: the political bazaar and the profits of failed state in Somalia

Ingiriis is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis examines the modern history of Somali nationhood, nationalism and nation-building from the late nineteenth-century up to the mid-twentieth-century. His research broadly ranges and invokes the disciplines of anthropology, history, and political science. Ingiriis is the author of The Suicidal State in Somalia: The Rise and Fall of the Siad Barre Regime, 1969–1991.

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Markus Hoehne | University of Leipzig, Institute for Social Anthropology

Project Title: Dealing with the violent past in Somalia: the case of forensic anthropological interventions in Somaliland and its implications beyond the local context.

Markus Virgil Hoehne is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Leipzig. He has worked extensively in Somalia and Somaliland on conflict dynamics and identity formation. Currently he conducts comparative research on dealing with the violent past in Somaliland and Peru. His publications include Between Somaliland and Puntland: Political dynamics in the contested borderlands (RVI 2015) and the co-edited volumes Milk and peace, drought and war: Somali culture, society and politics (Essays in honour of I.M. Lewis) (Hurst 2010) and The State and the Paradox of Customary Law in Africa (Routledge 2018).

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The 2018 Conflict Research Fellowships:

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

Dylan Cornelius O'Driscoll | SIPRI

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Building Peace and Recovering from Violence: Iraqi Civil Society Activisms

Zahra Ali | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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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)

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

Peer Schouten | Danish Institute for International Studies

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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