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Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)




The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is an international research college at the University of Ghana in Legon, Accra. The Institute facilitates the cooperation of Ghanaian scientists with their international peers beyond disciplinary and geographical boundaries. MIASA is committed to reducing global asymmetries in knowledge production, simultaneously bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa, as well as increasing the visibility of humanities and social science research by academics in and from Sub-Saharan Africa. In order to achieve this goal, MIASA is awarding scholarships to junior and more established researchers. These researchers will work during a pre-project phase from 2018 till 2020 on the central topic Sustainable Governance.

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), together with five other consortium partners, supports the establishment of the research institute. Drawing on its many years of experience, FRIAS provides assistance in the design of MIASA’s academic programmes, the organisation of application and selection procedures, as well as the supervision and support of invited research fellows. FRIAS thus utilizes its large alumni network of international researchers and scientists to establish contacts to other Institutes for Advanced Studies from the European network of Institutes for Advanced Studies (NetIAs) and the international network of University-based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS).

FRIAS also supports MIASA in its dissemination and outreach activities (e.g. public lectures, conferences and workshops), especially in creating a dialogue between academia and the general public to maximise the social and political impact of research performed at the institute.

MIASA’s programmes are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), while local personnel, administrative, and operational costs are borne by the University of Ghana.

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