About the Matasa Fellows Network

The Matasa Fellows Network will award ten fellowships in 2016. Please note applications for this round are now closed .

Each Matasa Fellow will receive academic support and a small bursary to produce a high quality synthesis paper and related policy brief relating to the broad theme of youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa. Themes of interest within this topic include:

  • Financial inclusion
  • Migration and/or stretched livelihoods
  • Education and training
  • Imagined futures
  • Family and gender relations
  • Agriculture
  • Young people as citizens and/or young people in policy processes
  • Policy dynamics
  • Identities
  • Rural and urban futures

The synthesis papers will be published in a special issue of the IDS Bulletin.


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 September 2016 for a one-week workshop.


A bursary of £3,000 will be provided to each selected fellow, and all costs to participate in two workshops will be covered.


Fellows must complete their synthesis papers by December 2016.

Application process

Applications can be submitted using the online form.

Please note applications for this round are now closed . The closing date for applications was: 16 May 2016 at 1700h BST. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Receipt of completed applications will be acknowledged by email on submission. Successful applicants will be contacted after the closing date.

Application queries

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

About the Network

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 @MCFoundation 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.