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Ral Researcher wins Africa Spectrum Young African Scholar Award

Fana Gebresenbet (Addis Ababa) has been awarded the prestigious first Africa Spectrum Young African Scholar Award!

The Hamburg-based Africa Spectrum journal is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. To mark this occasion, and in cooperation with the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, South Africa, the Young African Scholar Award is granted for the first time in 2016. The goal is to support junior scholars carrying out research on Africa.

Fana Gebresenbet has submitted his PhD in December 2015 on the territorial implications of the global land rush that was triggered by the 2008 financial crisis and targeted Sub-Saharan Africa. His case study is on Gambella, western Ethiopia. The PhD has been written in the joint PhD programme “Global and Area Studies” that was launched in 2012 with support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) by the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) of the University of Leipzig, Germany, and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The thesis has been supervised by Prof Dereje Feyissa (Associate Professor, based at AAU) and Prof Dr Ulf Engel (University of Leipzig).

The awardee not only receives a prize money of 5,000 South African Rand, but in addition will also be a appointed a non-numerated associated research fellow with the Centre for Africa Studies (CAS) for the period 2016-2018.

Offers for individual PhD students

As a result of the cooperation with the Research Academy Leipzig, individual doctoral candidates of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes are offered the possibility to take part in the Research Academy’s comprehensive offer for doctoral candidates.

The scholars are granted access to the academic community of teachers and students at the University of Leipzig who engage in continuous scientific exchange.

Besides a mentoring offer that is especially fit to this target group, the doctoral candidates are further invited to multidisciplinary workshops in soft skills as well as language courses. They may apply for conference and travel grants and they may benefit of the Research Academy’s childcare system. PhD students are free to determine the frequency and intensity of their participation.

last update: 05.02.2016 
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