Call for Proposals: Leadership in Africa Research Grants

UONGOZI Institute has made funding available to support research on leadership in Africa. These research grants aim to support the Institute’s efforts to undertake studies whereby researchers, both local and international will explore and understand the many dimensions of leadership development and practice in postcolonial Africa, thus contributing towards building a body of knowledge on leadership in Africa. Support is provided to short term studies (up to six months) in areas that are in line with the Institute’s Research Programme on Leadership in Africa.


Research proposals are invited on Leadership and Cultural Context:

The nature of the relationship between leadership practices and cultural underpinnings cannot be ignored or underestimated. Culture represents the shared values and norms that bind members of a society or organization together as a homogenous entity. There are explicit differences between cultures, particularly in terms of the values, attitudes and behaviours of individuals, and this divergence has implications for leadership development and practices. Research in this area will be grounded in the basic assumption that cultural values, beliefs and expectations influences how leaders are identified, developed and the leadership styles they adopt. A strategy effective in one culture can be counter-productive in another. Sometimes culture can be used to justify the uniqueness of a leadership styles, but in other scenarios, culture can be seen as an inhibitor of effective leadership development and practices. Carefully considered, the two perspectives on the link between culture and leadership behaviour are not contradictory. Leaning on the complexity theory of leadership, it can be argued that there are elements of culture that promote unique and positive leadership behaviours. But some of the cultural rules of behaviour tend to act as drags on effective leadership. The understanding of this complexity is important to the success of leadership development and practices and research under this theme should seek to provide us with that knowledge.

The relationship between the cultural context and leadership consist of two different levels of analysis. These are (i) the relationship between organizational culture and leadership, and (ii) the relationship between national/subnational culture and leadership. Research in both areas is important, and will seek to explore whether cultural context facilitates the emergence of different leadership practices (i.e. whether leadership practices are culturally-linked and/or culturally-biased).Some basic questions that should be addressed include:

  • How does culture affect the development of Leaders and the styles and practices of leadership?
  • Are there leadership styles that are universally accepted and effective across cultures?
  • Are there leadership styles and practices that are accepted and effective in only some cultures?
  • What is the effect of violating cultural norms to the effectiveness of leadership practices?
  • Can leadership be explained in terms of an underlying theory that accounts for systematic differences across cultures?


  • Grants are open to researchers based at African institutions, and internationally that partner with African researchers.
  • Applicants should have a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD with not less than five years of post-degree experience.
  • Applicants are expected to hold demonstrable writing skills and expertise relevant to the research theme.


Proposals should include a short background and problem statement, research questions, literature review, extensive indication of methodology, budget (ceiling of 40,000 United States Dollars) and timeline.

Proposals that contain clear methodological designs are highly preferred.

Together with the proposal, short CVs of two (2) pages maximum, of researchers in the study are required, indicating professional affiliations, relevant expertise, and publications and post degree certificates.


After submission of proposals, the review committee will review all proposals to identify successful candidates.

Successful candidates will be contacted and a meeting will be held to enable discussion on the research proposals between applicants and UONGOZI Institute.


The call for research proposals is open up to 28th February, 2017.

Completed research proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to UONGOZI Institute at [email protected].


For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

Plot No. 62, Msasani Road, Oysterbay

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918

Email: [email protected]


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