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Posted May 2, 2012


Carleton Takes Part in the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Program

Ottawa - Carleton will be participating in the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Program by welcoming Ms. Prisca Kamungi, a top doctoral student at the University of Witwatersrand's African Centre for Migration and Society, one of the world's leading scholarly centres on migration and refugees in Africa. Through short-term academic opportunities for cross-continent research, the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Program is supporting 10 Africa-based and 10 Canada-based graduate students with over $200,000 in funding to facilitate research on critical issues facing Africa.

“This CIGI grant greatly assists the exchange of knowledge and learning of African and Canadian graduate students and the wider scholarly community on pressing issues of concern,” said Blair Rutherford, professor of African Studies at Carleton. “It offers opportunities for graduate students from Africa and Canada to work on their research, enriching their learning and forging new scholarly ties. This comes at a very opportune time as Carleton is developing its strength in migration and diaspora studies and has considerable expertise in African Studies.“

Erica Dybenko, program manager of the Africa Initiative said the program offers bright, up-and-coming scholars on Africa an opportunity to take their research to the next level. “Supported students deepen their on-the-ground experience and apply their research in new, cross-continental settings. With this second round of grants, we’re building toward an increased capacity in Canada-Africa research collaboration by fostering important ties with leading researchers and experts in the field.”

The Africa Initiative is a multi-year, donor-supported program led by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, in co-operation with Makerere University and the South African Institute for International Affairs. It facilitates unique knowledge building and develops policy recommendations for decision makers in Africa by incorporating field-based research, online collaboration and strategic partnerships. For more details on the Africa Initiative’s graduate research grant competition, please visit

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