Research Methods Program 2022

Exploring the important research questions of the day with advanced methods and social impact

The Research Methods Program is the flagship program of the Leaders of Africa Institute. To date, we have welcomed over 150 Scholars and Fellows over the course of four years. The Research Methods Program offers personalized mentorship, rigor and advanced methodological skills, and a supportive international research community. The program is open to all fields from public health to politics and is in a live virtual format accessible anywhere. We invite you to learn about the program and our Scholars and consider whether this just might be the opportunity to further your research career and answer the call to address some of the most pressing political, economic, social, and developmental questions. Our international and multidisciplinary research community stands ready to support each other and lead.

Upcoming Live Info Session

Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 2 PM UTC on Zoom

Past and Present Research Methods Program 2022 Scholars & Fellows​

About the Program

The Research Methods Program is an intensive program that covers advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. Scholars and Fellows learn how to use advanced software, including R, Python, and NVivo, and complete an impact project that comes from the research at the Institute. This year we are proud to introduce our Research Incubator that provides media, tech, and professional support to all Scholars accepted into the program. The reason why Research Methods Program Scholars get publications, grants, and recognition is that there is unbounded support from Leaders of Africa’s resources and network.


Opportunities to Learn Advanced Methods and Tools

The Research Methods Program provides cutting-edge training in research methods, including qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis. We encourage feasible community-based research designs that allow the researcher to work with one’s community to facilitate evidence gathering. This approach lowers the barriers to extensive research and democratizes scholarship. We cover (1) crafting research questions and framing research, (2) mixed-methods research designs, including qualitative fieldwork methods and quantitative frameworks, (3) case study and observation selection techniques, (4) data analysis and visualization in R and Python statistical software, (5) survey design and implementation, and (6) the use and analysis of major public opinion survey data, including the Afrobarometer.

An Emphasis on Your Research

At the beginning of the program, you propose a research agenda and pursue it over the course of the program. You will gather original data and use advanced tools for analysis. The purpose is to craft one analytical blog post, a rigorous publication, and an impact project that will engage the broader public in your research.

Mentorship and One-On-One Support

The program offers career-long mentoring and a personalized relationship with instructors. The program also offers a framework for international networking and building research relationships that span the globe.

Access to all of Leaders of Africa Institute and Leaders of Africa's technical expertise and resources

Conducting impactful research requires substantial technical and outreach support. The LoA Research & Innovation Lab, Media Lab, and Tech Lab provide support to you to help your research and impact project be successful.

Top-Level Preparation for Obtaining Grants and Pursuing Ph.D. and Master's Level Studies at the Best Programs

The Research Methods Program is taught at the Master’s and Ph.D. level by professors at world-class universities, with many Scholars using the program to supplement ongoing graduate work or as a stepping stone for advanced studies. Several Scholars received opportunities and contracts related to their research methods training. Our faculty support Scholars with finding opportunities.

Important Dates & Info

Applications Open:

Applications Close: April 1, 2022

Program Dates: April 2022 – August 2022 with Continuing Mentorship through April 2023

Benefits & Qualifications

Official LoAI Certificate

Professional Portfolio with Capstone, Including an Impact Project

Transcript with Qualifications

Reference Letter (If Required)

Application Requirements

To complete the application, you will need the following materials:
  • Curriculum vitae/ resume (one PDF of up to 5 MB)
  • Statement of Interest (1,000 words maximum). Your Statement of Interest should include:
    • What are your research, thematic, and professional interests and background?
    • What shaped your interests?
    • What do you hope to learn from the Leaders of Africa Institute?
    • What are your career goals?
    • How this program will help you meet or achieve your career and educational goals?
Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

The advanced Research Methods Program is open to all fields and from all countries internationally.
Leaders of Africa Institute virtual course programs have a competitive application process. We have an Admission Committee that carefully reviews all applications and selects prospective Scholars with the best chance of success in the program. Scholar cohorts are purposely designed to be a size conducive to forming relationships with professors because we feel that this is important for mentorship and support.
Our application allows us to know about your academic and relevant work experiences, as well as what you expect to gain by taking courses and experiencing our mentorship. We want to get to know you so that we may serve you. Carefully answer all of the application questions and prompts fully and directly. If you have any questions about the program and application, reach out to us via the website chat or at
The total fee for the program is 5,000 USD. However, every accepted applicant receives an Impact Scholarship worth approximately 4,850 USD. This leaves only a small fee of 150 USD for most accepted applicants. The fee may be paid in installments to accord with your budget, with the first 50% installment made before the start of the program. The fee is only used to provide the Institute with the necessary technological resources to support the Scholars.

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