The Nordic Africa Institute


The Institute has three kinds of scholarship programmes. One programme for early career researchers based in Africa, one programme for students and researchers based in Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden, and one virtual library programme for early career researchers based in Africa.

Closed for applications

An opportunity for early career researchers in Africa to pursue their own research projects in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities. The scholarship offers access to the Institute's library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment.

More information and how to apply to the African Scholarship Programme

Nordic Scholarship Programme

For students and researchers based in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland

Closed for applications

We offer a 1-month stay at the Nordic Africa Institute in order to facilitate use of the Institute’s library collections on contemporary Africa, and to support connection to existing work at the Institute through NAI research hosts.

Master students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers pursuing Africa-oriented studies/research in Social Sciences and Humanities and affiliated to universities and research centers in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland are eligible candidates, regardless of citizenship.

More information and how to apply to the Nordic Scholarship Programme

Virtual Library Programme: 12 months digital access to selected e-resources

For early career researchers based in Africa, who are part of an approved research project with African and Nordic partners (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland)

The purpose of a virtual library programme at NAI is to provide digital alternatives to present scholarship programmes at NAI, which are all based physically at the Institute. Prominent in the present scholarships, is the access to the institute’s library resources.

A virtual access programme can both reduce co2 emissions when participants don’t have to travel to the institute, and can also lead to a better diversity among scholarship holders. Especially, scholars may have a family caring situation, which influences their possibilities to be overseas for longer periods.

More information and how to apply to the Virtual Library Programme


Awarded scholarships

Awarded scholarships

Listen to previous Guest Researchers

Joyce De-Graft Acquah - Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Felix Dade - Master student at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Arnaud Yombo Sembe - Postdoctoral researcher at the African Institute for Development Policy, Malawi

Jackson Tamunosaki Jack - Postdoctoral researcher at Federal Univeristy Otuoke, Nigeria

Alemu Asfaw Nigusie - PhD student at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Peace Musiimenta - Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda

Mohammed El-Fengour - Professor at the University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco

Abayineh Amare - Assistand Professor at Jimma University, Ethiopia