We are pleased to announce the 12 individuals who will be participating in the fifth phase of the SSHAP fellowship, which begins on 5 May 2023. This cohort includes social scientists and humanitarian practitioners from around the world.

After receiving a record 1,940 completed applications, we have now chosen the fellows to participate in this phase of our Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) fellowship. These fellows are either social scientists or humanitarian practitioners from low- and middle-income countries who are looking to build their skills and networks, focusing on how social science is used in humanitarian settings. We are pleased to announce that the fellows are:

South Asia

  • Sudha Thomas (Assistant Professor, Christ Deemed to be University, Bengaluru)
  • Adimai Siromany Valan (Medical epidemiologist, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New Delhi)

East Africa

  • Marie Consolatrice Sage Ishimwe (Lecturer, University of Global Health Equity, Kigali)
  • Ronald Kasule (Disability Inclusion Specialist, United Nations Population Fund, Kampala)

Middle East and North Africa

  • Mamoon Al Absi (Senior Field Assistant, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Yemen)
  • Watfa Najdi (Refugee Research Program Coordinator, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Beirut)

Southern Africa

  • Cephas Mandirahwe (Lecturer, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe)
  • Saphira Munthali-Mulemba (Study Manager, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia)

West Africa

  • Ene Abba Ijato (Communications and advocacy practitioner)
  • Samuel Bewiadzi Akakpo (Lecturer and Medical Anthropologist, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana)

Latin America and Caribbean

  • Alexandre Branco-Pereira (Anthropologist, National Front for Migrant Health)

East Asia and Pacific

  • Lavinia Dakei (Country Coordinator, Oxfam, Solomon Islands)


Read their detailed biographies on our Meet the Fellows page.


Please note that SSHAP plans to launch further fellowships in Arabic, French and English. Follow us on Twitter for updates on when applications for these phases will open.