Asia Foundation Women Researchers Fellowship Program: Six female researchers from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa will receive financing from the Asia Foundation and its partners in the Cross-Border Conflict: Evidence, Policy, and Trends (XCEPT) program to carry out independent research projects and expand their professional networks and skill sets.
In order to improve global knowledge of the political, economic, and social processes in conflict-affected borderlands from Myanmar to Syria and South Sudan, XCEPT has been collaborating with local partners since 2018. Together, more than 50 academics from the study areas have created and published more than 220 original works of work that connect to current debates on a variety of development-related topics, such as trade, migration, governance, and climate change.
A research grant and professional support are provided by the one-year Women Researchers Fellowship. Fellows will do original research and have the chance to publish their findings, which is an essential step in developing a resume. Participation in cooperative skill-building and networking events, peer education, and one-on-one mentoring with seasoned researchers employed by the XCEPT program will be essential components of the curriculum. Opportunities to present work to important policy audiences and development practitioners in person will also be provided by these, along with seminars and conferences.
Asia Foundation Women Researchers Fellowship
|January 15th, 2024
Goals and Benefits of Asia Foundation Women Researchers Fellowship
This program will provide 12-month funding to six early-career female researchers between March 20, 2024, and March 20, 2025. Along with funding for original research, the fellowship will include participation in joint skill-building and networking activities, as well as peer learning and individual mentoring with experienced researchers from the X-Border Local Research Network. A dedicated coordinator will monitor fellows through regular remote meetings.
Criteria for Asia Foundation Women Researchers Fellowship
- Recent master’s or doctoral degree completion in political science, international relations, development studies, or a related field with comparable professional research experience must include at least one report or journal article completed that is comparable in length and rigor to a master’s thesis.
- There is a clear interest in development projects in insecure or war-affected environments, as well as issues pertaining to peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
- Enough proficiency in both written and spoken English to allow for production as well as involvement in networking and training events.
- Participation in regular online meetings (at least one per week) and multiple in-person events throughout the year, as well as the ability to commit, on average, two to three days flexibly per week for the duration of the fellowship, to program-related activities (refer to the indicative schedule above),.
- The goal of the proposed research through the fellowship is to provide insights that can guide development policy and programming by advancing knowledge of borderlands affected by conflict and/or the ways in which conflicts intersect with one another. The following XCEPT program core themes must be the subject of the research generated with this fellowship:
- Conflict and gender, or women, security and peace in border areas
- Insecure border regions: governance
- The geostrategic aspects of international disputes
- Insecurity and climate change
- Conflict’s economic causes
Required Documents for Application
- Curriculum vitae (two pages maximum).
- Include a cover letter explaining your reasons for thinking you would be a good fit for this fellowship, your goals for the experience, and how it will help you further the interests of your networks and community in the future.
- A five-page first proposal outlining the study you want to pursue as part of this program, together with suggested research questions and methodology, should be submitted. The geographical area and overarching theme you will concentrate on from the aforementioned list should be made crystal clear in the proposal.
- The email address of two references is preferred; referees will only be contacted in the event that an applicant advances to the final round of the screening process.
Shortlisted candidates may also be requested to provide a recent writing sample.
Deadline for Application
January 15th, 2024
How to Apply
For more details, visit the Asia Foundation website.