The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program consists of a remarkable group of fellows — currently 173 and growing. These are individuals who are leading their fields into new avenues of inquiry, finding new forms for community engagement, and undertaking research on some of the most important issues of the day. They also engage leaders in the space of academic research, politics, and community organization.

A complete list of Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellows is available here.

We have created two forums — Voices and Spotlights — to give expression to the work of the fellows and those who have engaged them, sometimes as mentors and other times as keynote speakers at SSRC events.


Next Generation Social Sciences fellows reflect on their life’s work and the change they hope to effect. Through writings and videos, in their own voice, fellows discuss the importance of scholarship and the Next Generation Social Sciences program to their academic and research careers.


In highlighting the work of fellows, as well as researchers and practitioners affiliated with the program, these narratives showcase the exemplary researchers and research promoted through the Next Generation Social Sciences program.