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INGSA Associate Grant Programme for Researchers in Japan, 2018

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is delighted to offer its Associate Grant Programme. The grant is exclusively open for early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle-Income Countries.

The aim of the scholarship is offering six professional development and research grants of €15,000 each, to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners.

The INGSA is a collaborative platform for policy exchange, capacity building and research across diverse global science advisory organizations and national systems.

Course Level: Grant is available for researchers or policy practitioners.

Study Subject: Grant is awarded to support research in one of INGSA’s thematic priority area.

Scholarship Award: Grant will cover the following:

  • The maximum amount of funding awarded will be €15,000 euros per project. The following types of activities and associated expenses will be considered for support:
  • Economy class travel, visas, accommodation and subsistence for meetings with project participants (e.g. to carry out research or build networks).
  • Field/scoping visits to research sites of relevance.
  • An institutional visit to a foreign university or other relevant agency, including travel, visas, temporary accommodation and subsistence costs.
  • Appropriate training, including travel, course fees, temporary accommodation and subsistence costs.
  • Workshops, meetings and other events involving project participants.
  • Consumables (e.g. printing; recording equipment).
  • Cost of Open Access Journal fees – This grant adheres to IDRC’s Open Access Policy (https://www.idrc.ca/en/open-access-policy-idrc-funded-project-outputs)
  • Professional facilitation or translation support for meetings.
  • In exceptional cases, where applicants are required by their institutions to cover release time for professional development or research, this expense will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Number of Scholarships: Six grants are available.

Scholarship can be taken in Japan

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD at time of application OR have at least 5 years full-time equivalent experience in research or as a public policy professional (e.g. advice, analysis, implementation, evaluation).
  • Applicants must be living and working in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
    Applicants must be employed at a recognised institution of higher education, an independent research organisation, government agency, international organisation, or relevant NGO for the duration of the award.
  • Applicants should have identified and engaged a mentor (either in-country or international) who can offer advice and guidance on the applicant’s project. This support will be supplemented by access to INGSA’s network of mentors.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience relating to developing and using science in public policy and government advisory systems are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Funding cannot be awarded directly to individuals but will be paid to the organization with which they are affiliated. It is permissible for organisations to claim up to a maximum 3% of the grant sum to cover overheads related to administering funds on behalf of the applicant. The organisation must indicate its support for the candidate’s participation in this process (see application requirements below).

Nationality: Applicants from Low and Middle-Income Countries are eligible to apply for the grant

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must hold a PhD at time of application.

English Language Requirements: Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills.

Research Scholarship

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via online:

  • Applicants to provide the following information:
  • Name and institutional affiliation, and position held.
  • Proposed title of the project.
  • A short CV (No more than 3 pages).
  • A clear, non-expert summary of the proposed research or activities and how these will be explored. Please note, the research must be relevant to scientific advice in applicant’s country of work pertaining to one, or a number of SDGs as set out in the thematic priority above (up to 500 words).
  • A further list of 3-6 short research questions that will guide the research activity, posed in everyday language. If your application is successful you may revise these questions.
  • A brief outline of the academic disciplines or practitioner expertise that will be brought together in this project (up to 200 words).
  • The expected impact of the grant on the applicant’s career (up to 400 words).
    Identification of a mentor (either in-country or international) that can provide advice and guidance on the project. Alternatively, indicate why this is not possible (200 words).
  • A letter of support from the identified mentor.
  • An indication of other relevant knowledge partners in this area with whom engagement will be sought and the strategy by which they will be engaged. Include an explanation of any existing links between the applicant and these partners (up to 400 words).
  • A proposed budget and justification of the funds requested.
  • Short public biography of the applicant (up to 200 words).
  • A letter of support from the home institution of the applicant indicating:
  • Willingness to support the activities carried out under the grant,
  • Agreement with the time commitment associated with carrying out this work,
  • Confirmation of the employment status of the applicant for duration of the grant
  • Agreement and ability to manage the supplied funds in accordance with required due diligence and fulfill financial reporting/audit requirements.
  • Documentation of institution’s status is a legal entity.
  • Note: English is the working language of INGSA. All application materials must be submitted in English. Research outputs may be submitted in other international languages but must include an English summary.

Online Application

Application form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 15, 2017.

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