Middle East and East Africa Research Chairs
Call for Proposals: Establishing research chairs on forced displacement in the Middle East and East Africa
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: the Middle East and Eastern Africa.
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, with 30% living in sub-Saharan Africa and 35% in the Middle East and North Africa. 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 the Middle East and Eastern Africa. 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
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 the Middle East and two chairs at universities in Eastern Africa. Grants of up to CA$600,000 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 the Middle East and Eastern Africa with a strong track record in research as well as community and policy outreach.
For the purposes of this call, eligible countries in Eastern Africa are Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. Eligible countries in the Middle East are Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and West Bank and Gaza. For full eligibility criteria, please consult the Call Document.
The deadline for submissions in 3 August 2021 at 5 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 26 July 2021.
To complete an online application, select ‘Apply’.