Applications open for the new SSHAP fellowship programme

Published on 15 June 2021

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) has launched a call for applications to its new Fellowship Programme, beginning in September 2021.

SSHAP is a programme of work focusing on the social dimensions of emergency responses, including those that relate to health, conflict or the environment. It focusses on exploring the political economy, community engagement and cultural logics, social difference and vulnerabilities in such emergencies. SSHAP is a partnership between the Institute of Development StudiesAnthrologica and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Wellcome Trust.

SSHAP are looking for future leaders in social science to join the fellowship programme and apply their knowledge in humanitarian emergencies in locally relevant ways.  This includes realising SSHAP’s vision of encouraging emergency responses that are effective, adaptive, contextually informed  and based on social and interdisciplinary science and evidence.

For the duration of the fellowship, the programme will pair social scientists with practitioners in the same region to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange. 

The fellows will also have the benefit of working closely with leading thinkers and practitioners from within the SSHAP partnership.

The fellowship will include:

  • 1:1 mentoring with a SSHAP expert 
  • Tailored professional training programme (which may include context analysis, communications skills, stakeholder mapping, vulnerability assessments) 
  • Opportunities to learn from peers and share experiences  
  • Platform to shape discourse and dialogue 
  • Support in developing an operational briefing to be published and promoted via SSHAP channels 


SSHAP welcomes submissions from skilled and committed social scientists and practitioners in the field to take up this opportunity and contribute to its growing network.  

To be eligible for the fellowship applicants must:  

  • Be a national of and currently living in a lower- or middle-income country. 
  • Be either 1) a social scientist with research experience or 2) public health or humanitarian response practitioner in a position to influence design and/or rollout of humanitarian activities. 

Criteria for applicants:

  • Social scientist: a social scientist with a deep understanding of your country’s social and political context. You are well networked; you are in touch and have collaborated with other social scientists in your geographical region. You have the knowledge to map the social science capacity of your region, as you know who the key players are. With the skills developed in this fellowship you will be able to make your social science research useful for humanitarian action. 
  • Humanitarian practitioner: an experienced humanitarian practitioner (working for a local or international NGO, UN Agency, or other humanitarian agency) and you are responsible (or have been) for planning humanitarian activities or carrying out surveys and other forms of research to influence activities. You are well networked: you are part of regional humanitarian networks and you know who the key players in your geographical region are. With the skills developed in this fellowship you will learn how to best use social science to design activities and research more effectively 

SSHAP will ask all applicants to provide one referee.  

Dates and duration

  • Closing date to apply: Monday 12 July at 9am BST
  • 6 September to 26 November 2021 (approximately one day per week over 3 months) 
  • Final workshop to be held in December 2021 

*Please note that all stages of this Fellowship – including the final workshop – will be held online*


Each fellow will receive an honorarium of £2,000. 

Key information

  • Applicants will be informed of the result of their applications by email by the beginning of August by email.
  • SSHAP is committed to embedding and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in our work and in all our activities. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, identities, orientations and abilities. 
  • Please contact Annie Lowden: [email protected] if you have any queries or questions. 
  • Deadline Monday 12 July at 9am BST

Apply today

This news story was originally posted on the SSHAP website. 

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