Funding brief: The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) is pleased to announce a call for policy-relevant research proposals from early career researchers to:
● Contribute to the evidence base needed to better meet the family planning (FP) and related reproductive health (RH) needs of the most vulnerable in urban areas of countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and
● Increase the attention paid to FP, fertility and population growth in urban development policy initiatives at local, national and international levels.
Objectives of this Call: The IUSSP invites proposals from early-career researchers (PhDs awarded within the last 10 years) to conduct high-quality, policy-relevant research in a limited time-frame. Most fellowships will last for two years, with a minority lasting one or three years.
Topics: They invite proposals for projects that focus on aspects of FP and related RH issues in urban areas. Indicative examples of possible research topics include, but are not limited to:
● Barriers to FP uptake in urban areas
Quality & characteristics of urban FP – e.g. for adolescents, subdivided by rural-to-urban migrants vs. urban-born, girls versus boys, etc.; identification of weaknesses in provider competence; where unmet need is greatest.
● Consequences of urban population growth
Fiscal implications – How might reductions in unwanted and mistimed pregnancies reduce longer-term demands on governmental budgets?
Modeling the impact of urban population growth on poverty, education, infrastructure and other development sectors
● Consequences of fertility for household welfare
Links between numbers and timing of births and children’s education, nutrition, etc.
Implications of childbearing for mother’s employment, schooling, household savings, etc.
Measurement of FP need in selected groups (e.g., adolescents in urban settings; new migrants; those displaced by natural disasters and conflict; those forcibly evicted)
Locating disadvantage – Distinguish between spatial concentrations of the urban poor in slum communities and the spatially dispersed poor who live in diverse neighborhoods -e.g., what are the implications for program design? When is a slum focus warranted? How should the spatially dispersed poor be reached?
Mining of existing data on cities – e.g., cities’ registration and survey data or data collected by an NGO e. Implementation and policy
Comparisons/market segmentation – e.g., FP in “urban”/“peri-urban”/”rural” areas; in public/for-profit/private non-profit services
How civil society can have an impact on urban FP programs and policies – e.g., combination of quantitative analysis of an NGO data set and qualitative interviews on policy influence
How technology can reduce urban FP barriers – e.g., use of phone “apps”
How government officials can make a difference on urban FP – e.g., a study of a city where FP initiatives are underway as part of The Challenge Initiative (TCI) project with specific questions (see list of TCI cities is annex)
Map the responsibility of urban local bodies across size class of cities and towns – e.g., whether FP is listed as a priority item in policy documents and budgets for family planning
Donor Name: The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
Funding name: A call for policy-relevant research proposals from early career researchers
Deadline: 3rd, September, 2018 at 23:59 GMT
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: All research activities and reporting must be completed before the agreed upon project completion date. A typical budget they expect to receive is US$40,000 for a two-year project. Salary support will be available when required to give fellows partial or total release from other duties for the project duration.
It is expected that most fellows will continue to be based in their home institution. However, Additional travel and subsistence funding will be available to allow some fellows to be based at a centre of excellence outside their own city or country of residence for up to 4 months per year.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: N//A
Project duration: 1-3 year projects may be proposed. Most fellowships will last for two years, with a minority lasting one or three years. The project duration will be 12-24 months, with provision for a small number of fellowships to last 36 months.
Eligible organization: As below
● Eligibility will be limited to citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, who have received a Ph.D. within the past ten years and who are currently affiliated with established institutions in either region. Applications to study settings with high fertility, high unmet need for FP and high rates of urbanization are particularly encouraged. Most fellowships will last for two years, with a minority lasting one or three years.
● The proposal must focus either on a single city, or represent comparative work on multiple urban areas, of any country of sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. Eligibility will be limited to citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, and those currently working in established institutions. Contracts will ideally be made with individual fellows but can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis if their home institution has special requirements.
● South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
● Sub Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR, Congo, R, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, The, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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● Instructions and list of questions in the submission form. Click to view
How to apply:
● All applications must be submitted using the online application. Annexed below is the list of main sections all applicants will be required to address in their application.
● Applications may be submitted in either English or French.
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