In a multi-stakeholder partnership, DFID – UNHCR – World Bank launched “Young Fellowship Program” to improve the wellbeing of forcibly displaced and of host communities by improving global knowledge on the effectiveness of policies and programs that target these populations.
The program consists of five activities that will contribute to different aspects of research that are critical to build the evidence base on protracted forced displacement situations:
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Shedding light on global questions: This initiative will finance large multi-country and multi-partner research projects that address questions of global interest related to forced displacement in four strategic thematic areas: jobs, health, education, and social protection. Through a global tender, grants will be allocated to lead research institutions to produce analyses that shed light on these global questions.
Improving programs through impact evaluations: This initiative supports World Bank, UNHCR and DFID operations that require research to answer specific questions that constrain operational delivery. Grants finance impact evaluations that address one or more specific questions and are expected to produce results that can be used directly to improve existing operations and feed into program policies and design. The program currently includes 14 impact evaluations
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Complementing research with targeted studies: This initiative will synthetize lessons emerging from the entire research program, and complement the program with additional studies. Research activities will include literature reviews, desk research, meta-analyses of existing literature and original studies
Supporting young and senior fellows: Another major bottleneck related to research on forced displacement is the scarcity of researchers specializing in this field. This component of the program aims at expanding the number of researchers focused on forced displacement through two initiatives. The first is the creation of a Young Fellowship Program designed to provide postdoctoral scholars with a one-year fellowship to study forced displacement situations. The second is the establishment of a research network of senior and junior scholars working on forced displacement with microdata.
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Priority geographical areas include Sub Saharan Africa with a focus on the countries located immediately South of the Sahara desert, the North Africa and Middle East region with particular emphasis on the Mashreq countries and South Asia with particular emphasis on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The deadline for application is March, 6th, 2020.
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