Forced Displacement Research Chairs
Call for Proposals: Establishing research chairs on forced displacement in Central and South America and South and South-East Asia
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to establish research chairs working on issues of forced displacement in two regions: Central and South America and South and South-East Asia.
Close to 80 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, economic hardship, climate change, and prolonged instances of political instability. Eighty percent of the world’s forcibly displaced are hosted in countries in the Global South. Women and children bear the brunt of forced displacement.
While the vast majority of forcibly displaced people live in the Global South, almost all of the research that influences policy and practice originates from researchers based in the Global North. Because of this disparity, national and local knowledge about forced displacement is underused.
To help address this gap, IDRC is launching this call for proposals to localize and institutionalize research on forced displacement in the Global South by establishing research chairs on forced displacement at universities in Central and South America and South and South-East Asia. The aim is to:
- empower local institutions to define research agendas
- lead on practical, gender-transformative solutions that promote the social, economic, political, and health rights of forcibly displaced persons and host communities
- amplify the voices and perspectives of forcibly displaced persons and host communities in local, national, regional, and global arenas
The newly established research chairs will:
- conduct research
- mentor and supervise early-career scholars
- work with relevant stakeholders to conduct outreach with communities, refugee-led initiatives, and civil society
- advocate with policy stakeholders at the local, national, regional and global levels to promote sustainable and workable solutions.
- collaborate with research chairs in other regions, including those supported by IDRC in the Middle East and East Africa, to reinforce the collective impact of localized knowledge production on forced displacement
For more detail on the focus, approach, selection criteria, and selection process, please consult the Call Document.
Funding Scope and Duration
IDRC plans to support the establishment of up to four research chairs for a period of four to five years. Two chairs will be established at universities in Central and South America. Two chairs at universities in South and South-East Asia. Grants of up to CA$500,000 will be issued per university. The project duration will be an estimated 60 months, including all research activities and final reporting.
This call is targeted to universities in low- and middle-income countries in Central and South America and South and South-East Asia with a strong track record in research as well as community and policy outreach.
For the purposes of this call, eligible countries in Central and South America are Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. Eligible countries in South and South-East Asia are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Timor Leste. For full eligibility criteria, please consult the Call Document.
The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2021 at 4 pm EST.
Please check the Frequently Asked Questions page as you are preparing your application. It will be updated regularly. Any enquiries related to the call and application process should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive a response before the application deadline, enquiries must be received by 23 September, 2021.
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