The Asia Foundation Women Researchers Fellowship for Women Researchers from the Global South ($25,000 Stipend)

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The Asia Foundation is announcing a fellowship program targeting women researchers from the Global South with an interest in researching conflict dynamics in border regions.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024

The Asia Foundation Women Researchers Fellowship Overview

The one-year initiative combines a research grant with opportunities for skills development and professional networking. The fellowship will be based remotely and is supported by a $25,000 stipend. This program will support six early career female researchers for a period of 12 months between 20 March 2024 and 20 March 2025. As well as providing a grant for undertaking original research, a key aspect of the fellowship will be participation in joint skills-building and networking activities, as well as peer learning and individual mentoring with experienced researchers working within the X-Border Local Research Network. Fellows will be supervised by a dedicated coordinator through regular remote meetings.

Requirements and qualifications: This fellowship is open to female researchers who are nationals of the following countries, reflecting the XCEPT program’s geographical focus areas:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Egypt
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Iraq
  7. Iran
  8. Lebanon
  9. Kenya
  10. Morocco
  11. Libya
  12. Tunisia
  13. Myanmar
  14. Pakistan
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Somalia
  17. South Sudan
  18. Sudan
  19. Syria
  20. Yemen

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Recent completion of a master’s degree or PhD in Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, or a similar relevant topic area or equivalent professional research expertise, including completion of at least one report or journal article of similar length and rigour to a master’s thesis.
  • Demonstrable interest in issues related to conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and/or development initiatives in unstable or conflict-affected contexts.
  • Sufficient command of written and spoken English to enable participation in training and networking activities, and to produce.
  • Availability to dedicate, on average, at least two to three days flexibly per week for the duration of the fellowship, to activities associated with the program, as well as participation in regular online meetings (at least one per week) and several in-person events throughout the year.
  • Application process

Application deadline 15 January 2024
Shortlisted candidates invited for interview 22 January 2024 Interviews 5–9 February 2024
Fellowships awarded to successful candidates : 16 February 2024

How to Apply

To apply for the Fellowship, submit the following items to Naruemol Tuenpakdee, [email protected] before 15 January 2024:

  1. Curriculum vitae (no longer than two pages).
  2. Cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good candidate for this fellowship, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how this experience would enable you to serve the interests of your community and networks in the future.
  3. Initial proposal of up to five pages describing the research you would like to undertake within the scope of this program, including proposed research questions and methodology. The proposal should clearly state which geographic region and which overall theme from those listed above you will focus on.
  4. Contact information for two references (email preferred, referees will only be contacted for candidates who have reached the final stage of the selection process). Shortlisted candidates may also be requested to provide a recent writing sample.

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