RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
We produce first-rate academic work on significant topics relating to the Nigerian presidency, politics and international affairs, which is shared through regular conferences, colloquia, and speaker’s series’ which provide historical insights into today’s policy challenges.
In addition, our academic activities provide scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.
In order to create a generation of engaged public intellectuals and academic leaders, we have instituted a Fellowship Program to support scholars completing dissertations that employ history to shed light on Nigerian politics and public policy, foreign relations and the impact of global affairs on the Federal Republic of Nigeria, media and politics, and the role of the presidency in shaping Nigerian political development.
Along with the fellowship grant, the Foundation assists the fellow in choosing a senior scholar from their field to serve as fellowship “mentor.” This mentor will suggest relevant literature to frame the project, read the fellow’s work, and give general advice on research. Fellows are also trained in bringing their scholarship to bear on public debates and formally present their scholarly work.
Academic gatherings remain our principal tool of knowledge sharing and social engagement. We hold regular colloquia, conferences, and special events to address topics related to the presidency and political history or to showcase scholarly research. Our events provide scholars and fellows the rare opportunity and conducive environment to explore the historical roots and political context of national and international policy decision making, just as they do in their scholarship. Unless otherwise specified, all events are free and open to the public.