About the Matasa Fellows Network

About the Matasa Fellows Network 

In 2016, the Network awarded 10 fellowships and successfully supported each fellow to develop research relevant to policy and practice. Please note that applications are not currently being accepted.

Each successful applicant will receive academic support and a small bursary to produce a high quality synthesis paper and a policy brief relating to the broad theme of Youth Employment and Private Sector Growth in Africa


The Matasa Fellows Network is open to African nationals who:

  • Are 40 years old or younger at the time of application
  • Have completed a PhD within last two years or are in the final stages of completing a PhD
  • Have a background in social science, economics, agricultural economics, policy studies, development studies, agricultural or environmental sciences
  • Are fluent in English
  • Are able to travel to the UK in February 2018 for a one-week workshop.

Application process

Candidates must submit their full application through the online system as per the guidelines provided.

Applications can be submitted using the online form.

Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Receipt of completed applications will be acknowledged by email on submission. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted after the closing date, and may be required to provide further information about their chosen research topic.

Application queries

If you have any questions or queries you can contact us by email at: MatasaFN@ids.ac.uk

About the Network Partners

The Matasa Fellows Network is a joint initiative of the The Mastercard Foundation and Institute of Development Studies.

The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organisations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to alleviate poverty. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter please visit www.mastercardfdn.org. Follow the Foundation at   on Twitter.

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.  We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and mutual learning are crucial in shaping the transformations needed to reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies. Our commitment to engaged excellence means that the high quality of our work is dependent upon it linking to and involving those who are at the heart of the change we wish to see. This approach is applied across all of our work and encapsulates IDS’ unique mix of university organisation and thinktank.  For more information go to: www.ids.ac.uk. Follow IDS at @IDS_UK on Twitter.