The Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, offers facilities and opportunities for academic interaction with scholars from other universities who come to or are resident in East Africa. Preference is given to social scientists with research interests that are closely related to the current research priorities of the Institute.
Persons planning to conduct such research in Kenya may associate formally with the Institute Kenya may associate formally with the Institute as Research Associates. The minimum period of association is six months. Many projects take up to three years, depending on the nature of the research. The services provided by IDS under such association include:
Research Associates will be expected to undertake the following during the period of association:
Application of Research Associateship should be sent to the Director, Institute for Development Studies.
Application to Director, IDS, enclosing:
Review of Application and Appointment
A committee within IDS reviews all applications and makes a recommendation to the Director, based on the quality of the proposed research and the relevance of the topic to the research priorities of the Institute. The Director then requests the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), University of Nairobi, to appoint the applicant as a Research Associate in IDS. An applicant whose request for affiliation is accepted will be notified in writing and sent Government of Kenya forms on which to apply for authorization to conduct research.
Once the letter of appointment has been issued, the applicant will pay the associate fee to the Finance Office, University of Nairobi, and file a copy to the receipt with the Office of the Director, IDS. The current associate fee is Ksh.6,000.
Application to the Ministry of Education Government of Kenya
An application for a research permit to conduct research in Kenya must be submitted in five (5) copies to the National Council for Science and Technology, Nairobi. The research clearance application forms must be accompanied by the following:
Following receipt to the research permit from the National Council for Science and Technology, the applicant notifies the Director of IDS and encloses a copy.
Non-Kenyan who are not already resident in Kenya must obtain a Student’s Pass from the office responsible for Immigration, Government of Kenya. A copy of the pass must be filed in the Office of the Director, IDS. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar (Admissions), University of Nairobi.
Payable to Government of Kenya
Non-refundable research application fees payable to the Executive Secretary, National Council for Science and Technology, by the applicant(s) in US Dollars (US$) cash or equivalent in Kenya Shillings (Kshs).