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Sixteenth OSSREA Gender Issues Research Grant Competition for Young
Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern
March 16, 2004
The Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern
Africa (OSSREA) is pleased to announce the Sixteenth Gender Issues
Research Grant Competition. Proposals may be submitted by researchers
from any of the disciplines of the Social Sciences, with a focus
on gender issues.
Suggested topics for this year include the following:
- Gender and
- Labour, Gender,
Class and Ethnicity
Gender and Generational Relations in AIDS-Ravaged Community
and Policy for the Integration of Women in Development
and Reproductive Health
- The Informal
Mobilisation and Good Governance
Industry and the Service Sector Grantees are expected to conduct
field research anywhere in Eastern and Southern Africa.
primary objective of the Competition is to encourage young scholars
to conduct research which will contribute to the elucidation and
understanding of gender issues as they relate to development. A
secondary objective is to encourage the availability of research
findings for policy-makers as well as for teaching purposes.
and application procedures
the Competition is open to both women and men, women are strongly
encouraged to apply. All applicants must be based in Eastern or
Southern Africa, currently employed, enrolled in or otherwise affiliated
with a national institution which conducts research. They must hold
at least a Master's degree from an accredited academic institution.
However, female applicants not affiliated with research institutions
but that have a BA degree and prior research experience will be
considered for the Competition. The applicant's institution must
endorse the research to be undertaken and be willing to provide
some support to the applicant.
Proposals prepared for the fulfillment of the requirements for a
degree will not be accepted. Applications by candidates who have
won in either of two immediately preceding research competitions
will not be considered. Also, individuals who have won twice in
previous OSSREA competitions are not eligible. A complete proposal
should contain the following:
1. A synopsis
of the proposed research, including: Title,
(c) Problem statement,
(d) Study objectives,
(e) Study significance and scope,
(f) Conceptual framework,
(g) Literature review,
(j) Work plan,
(k) A break-down of the budget required to accomplish the proposed
research, both in local currency and its equivalent in US Dollars.
2. A current
curriculum vitae of the applicant, including age, educational level,
gender, nationality and a detailed address (P. O. Box, Phone, Fax
3. A letter
of endorsement from the institution of affiliation and official
clearance from the relevant government authority (in countries where
this is applicable).
4. The size
of the proposal should be limited to a maximum of 10-15 pages with
1.5" line-spacing. Applications that exceed this page limit will
not be considered at all.
budget for the proposed research should not exceed US$5,000 and
may be used to cover actual research costs (e.g., local travel and
subsistence, supplies, acquisition of documents, photocopying, and,
in the case of female applicants, for child care expenses where
deemed necessary). This will be subject to the approval of the Jury.
Allocation for equipment (PC, tape recorders, etc.) and contingency
are unacceptable. Not more than US$1000 of the total grant will
be allowed as payment of honorarium to the grantee.
procedures and other conditions
grants will be awarded on the recommendation of a panel of scholars
drawn from Eastern and Southern Africa. The panel will review all
proposals, with the names of the applicants removed. Successful
applicants will be expected to take up their awards within three
months from the date of notification. Normally, the award will be
good for a period no longer than one year, by which time a final
report and a statement of accounts for the grant fund expended should
have been submitted to OSSREA. Grantees will be required to deposit
copies of their final research reports with the relevant university
library, sponsoring academic department or the national archives
in the country where the research was conducted, in addition to
submitting to OSSREA one hard copy and another copy on a floppy
applications and proposals should be submitted to OSSREA by express
mail before 30 April 2004. Electronic Submissions will not be accepted.
Completed applications and inquiries should be addressed to:
Gender Issues Research Grant Competition OSSREA
P.O. Box 31971
Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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