The SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program (Next Gen) turned ten this year. In this time, the program has awarded over 400 grants to over 390 doctoral students registered in universities in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Thus far, over 100 doctoral students have successfully completed their PhDs. To commemorate this achievement, Next Gen former and current program staff, selected alumni and workshop facilitators, and two advisory board members of Next Gen wrote essays reflecting on the past, present and future of the program.

This series has been curated by Duncan Omanga, program officer of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, and edited with the help of Tejas Dhindsa, editorial and communications assistant.