This website highlights the fellows and the program model of the Next Generation Social Sciences Program, which operates under the umbrella of the Social Science Research Council.

The Next Generation Social Sciences model responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by the extraordinary emphasis on increasing undergraduate enrollment without proportionate investment in faculty development. This situation erodes the ability of universities to produce the next generation of researchers, leaders, and practitioners.

The model is designed to:

  • Increase the number and credentials of well-trained faculty through a sequence of fellowship opportunities at vital moments in graduate training
  • Mobilize and connect previously isolated early-career faculty with established leaders in their fields, creating new research networks
  • Integrate and build on local leadership and institutions to strengthen program initiatives

The program currently operates to strengthen tertiary education in Africa through a series of institutional and individual interventions, creating a pipeline for the development of faculty and research communities.

The Next Generation Social Sciences Program is funded by the Higher Education and Libraries in Africa Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York.