GDN Global Research Competition on aid effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa (USD 24,000 Grant)

Application Deadline: September 11th 2016

Are you researcher from an Africa-based institution with a proposal on aid effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa and a focus on health or agriculture? Read on, an amazing opportunity awaits.

GDN is launching a Global Research Competition (GRC) on the theme of aid effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa in the health and agriculture sectors. Supported by USAID and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the competition offers teams of early-career researchers from research institutions, networks or consortia based in Africa the chance to win USD$24,000 to conduct a 12-month research project on aid effectiveness in one of the two selected sectors, in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.

The theme of the competition addresses ongoing debates about the changing landscape of aid and development, catalyzed by the emergence of ‘non-traditional’, ‘remerging’  or ‘new’ development partners in the African region. These debates have prompted critical attention toward the ways in which aid effectiveness is measured in today’s development context – an issue that remains largely contested. In addition, the global discourse on aid effectiveness continues to be shaped and driven by donor countries, feeding a cycle of institutional disparity between recipient and donor nations.  This round of the GRC aims to give voice to recipient countries to contribute to the global debate on aid effectiveness in their region, focusing specifically on the areas of health and agriculture.


Eligibility Requirements:

• Institutions based in Africa
• Team members must be citizens of developing countries1
• Team members must have completed a PhD in the social sciences in or after 2011


  • Shortlisted teams will be invited to submit a Full Proposals in September 2016, and will have access to quality academic and project management support to finalize their research plan in autumn 2016.
  • A research grant of up to USD 24,000 will be awarded to up to four institutions.

Key Features of the Call:

  • Teams of early career researchers from developing countries who have completed their doctoral studies in or after 2011.
  • Affiliation to key institutions e.g. universities, undependent research insitutions, think tanks, networks and consortia in Africa
  • First hand research experience in the proposed countries of focus
  • Single sector focus in either health OR agriculture. Health includes infrastructure, system strengthening and serice delivery. Agriculture includes productivity, technology and development.
  • Transnational teams that can include team member from different institutions, with one leading insitution
  • At least two countries in the region, including countries with an experience of  conflict
  • The research project will be conducted over a 12 month period, from December 2016 to December 2017.
  • Deadline: September 11, 2016 midnight, Nairobi Time (GMT +3)
  • Shortlisted teams to submit a full proposal by the end of October, and will have access to quality academic and proejct management support to finalize their research plan in Autumn 2016.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the GDN Global Research Competition on aid effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa


  1. Comment:i am habtamu from Ethiopia i have Bsc degree in Agro economics from jimma university by know i am an assistance lecture one of Ethiopian university ,so if i will get the opportunity of your scholarship i will apply with great pleasure ,+2519276030 thank you!!©


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