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The Sixteenth OSSREA Gender Issues Research Grant Competition for Young Scholars
Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
March 16, 2004

Deadline April 30, 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 Democracy
  • Labour, Gender, Class and Ethnicity
  • Changing Gender and Generational Relations in AIDS-Ravaged Community
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Framework and Policy for the Integration of Women in Development
  • Sexuality and Reproductive Health
  • The Informal Sector
  • Political Mobilisation and Good Governance
  • Agriculture Industry and the Service Sector Grantees are expected to conduct field research anywhere in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The 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.

Eligibility and application procedures
While 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,
(b) Background,
(c) Problem statement,
(d) Study objectives,
(e) Study significance and scope,
(f) Conceptual framework,
(g) Literature review,
(h) Methodology,
(i) Bibliography,
(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 & E-mail).

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.

The 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.

Selection procedures and other conditions
Research 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 disk.

Application deadline
Grant 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:
The Coordinator

16th OSSREA Gender Issues Research Grant Competition OSSREA
P.O. Box 31971
Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Tel.: 251-1-551163
Fax: 251-1-551399

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