Grants and Resources for Research

A list of current and past grant funding opportunities and useful resources for NGOs for research.

Bell Fellowship Program: Providing Opportunities for Research and Leadership Training!

Deadline: 7 December 2015

Applications are open for The Bell Fellowship Program at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) that provides opportunities for research and leadership training in a flexible, one or two year non-degree program for postdoctoral researchers in the field of population and development.

 This postdoctoral fellowship program is named in honor of the late David E. Bell, Clarence Gamble Professor of Population Sciences and International Health, Emeritus, at the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and former director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Professor Bell played a critical role in international population and development throughout his distinguished career. Since its creation in 1990, the program has awarded over 80 fellowships to international professionals in population and development.


  • Fellows have access to the full range of resources offered by Harvard University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
  • Each fellow is provided with shared office space at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in Harvard Square, Cambridge, plus library privileges, health benefits, a research and travel budget, and
  • a stipend of $60,000 U.S. dollars per year (12 month appointment).


  • To train effective leaders in population and development.
  • To improve fellows’ analytical and research skills.
  • To foster the ethical sensitivities needed for a career in the field of population and development.
  • To increase fellows’ exposure to and challenge their thinking on current issues in population and development.
  • To enhance fellows’ prospects for leadership through participation in Center activities, courses and working groups.
  • To expand fellows’ professional network for collaboration and exchange.

Eligibility Criteria

The Bell fellowship program is open to both U.S. and international scholars.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically with all the required documents at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Bell Fellowship Program.

Mind and Life 1440 Awards: Reducing Suffering & Promoting Human Flourishing!

Deadline: 5 February 2016

The Mind & Life Institute in partnership with the 1440 Foundation is offering the Mind and Life 1440 Awards, specifically geared towards the investigation of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice. These awards are intended to promote research that evaluates whether and how contemplative practice can promote inner well-being and healthy relationships in a variety of settings, with a particular interest in evaluating the application of contemplative practices in educational contexts (K-12 preferred).

The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing. To accomplish this, The Mind & Life Institute foster interdisciplinary dialogue between Western science, philosophy, humanities, and contemplative traditions, supporting the integration of first-person inquiry through meditation and other contemplative practices into traditional scientific methodology.

By enabling high-level research in the area of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice, the 1440 Awards aim to expand the applications and impact of contemplative practices in the world.

Grants Information

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded through a competitive application, review, and selection process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 1440 Awards are open to any academic researchers, although The Mind & Life Institute seeks to specifically promote the careers and development of young investigators such as graduate students and post doctoral fellows.
  • Proposed research should be completed within a two-year period, and annual progress reports are required for awardees to remain in good standing.
  • It is expected that the completion of proposed research will result in the submission of findings to a peer-reviewed scientific journal and/or conference.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online by submitting all the necessary documents via given website.

For more information, please visit The Mind & Life Awards.

Icelandic Government Scholarships for Foreign Students in Iceland

Deadline: 1 December 2015

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies is inviting applicants for Icelandic Government Scholarships available for the period from September 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016. Approximately 15 scholarships will be awarded for students of modern Icelandic. Icelandic as a second language is comprised of both theoretical and practical fields of study.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Canada , China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia,  Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.

 Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship covers

  • registration fees at the University and
  • a monthly stipend of approximately ISK 130.000 .

 Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships are intended for students of modern Icelandic.

  • Students must have completed at least one year of University study.
  • Students must also have prior knowledge of Icelandic according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic as a second language (Icelandic knowledge on the level with the courses Icelandic Online 1 and 2).
  • Preference will, as a rule, be given to a candidate under 35 years of age.

How to Apply

  • Students from above mentioned countries, with exception of students from USA and Canada can apply directly to the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.
  • Application should include the following documents (in English, Icelandic or other Scandinavian languages):
    • CV
    • university transcripts/copies of diplomas
    • two letters of recommendation
    • language certificate

For more information, please visit Icelandic Government Scholarship.

2016-2017 Research Associate Program – Five College Women’s Studies Research Center

Deadline: 15 February 2016

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center is inviting research associates from all over the world to support them and enable them an environment to carry out their research work. Located in a geographic area with one of the largest concentrations of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives.

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center was founded in 1991 as a site for international scholarly activity on issues relating to women and gender.  It is supported by the Five College consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since 1966, the five institutions have been noted for their cooperation and innovation in higher education and boast one of the largest concentrations of women’s and gender studies scholars anywhere in the world.

Five Colleges, Incorporated promotes and administers long-term forms of cooperation that benefit faculty and staff members and students. These include:

  • Shared use of educational and cultural resources and facilities, including a joint automated library system, open cross registration, and open theater auditions;
  • Joint departments and programs;
  • Inter-campus transportation.

Five Colleges, Incorporated, sustains and enriches the excellence of its members — Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst — through academic and administrative collaboration. The consortium facilitates intellectual communities and broad curricular and cocurricular offerings; affording learning, research, performance and social opportunities that complement the distinctive qualities of each institution.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply and fill the form online via given website.

For more information, please visit Research Associate Program.

USAID: Funding to Promote Human Rights in Southern Africa

Deadline: 23 November 2015

The Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG), within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are seeking applications for a program entitled “Promoting Human Rights in Southern Africa”.

The resources will be made available to USAID Missions and Offices who are encouraged to submit applications for projects that will:

  • Respond to urgent or unanticipated human rights challenges;
  • Respond to emerging windows of opportunity in the protection and promotion of human rights

Funding Information

This is a world-wide funding opportunity however; USAID/Southern Africa is limited to the submission of grants ranging from $100,000 up to $750,000, and spanning from 12 months to 3 years in duration.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations working in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia or Botswana or organizations interested in working in two or more countries in Southern Africa.

How to Apply

Interest applicants must submit their applications at the address provided on the PDF of the funding opportunity’s full announcement.

For more information, please visit

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Funding the best Innovations using Wireless Technology to Address Critical Social Issues around the World

Deadline: 22 February 2016

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is currently inviting applications for its competition- ‘designing the Wireless Innovation Project’ to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects .

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

Social & Technical Issue Areas

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Access to communication
  2. Education
  3. Economic development
  4. Environment
  5. Health
  6. Connectivity
  7. Energy
  8. Language or Literacy hurdles


Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be either (a) U.S. nonprofit corporation or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation) or
  • a U.S. University, including a university department, university-based research center, university-based entrepreneurship or technology innovation center that is legally part of the university.
  • Project team participants may not be an employee of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, Vodafone Group Plc or any entity in which Vodafone Group Plc holds, directly or indirectly, a shareholding or interest of 20% or more or has the right to exercise, directly or indirectly, 20% or more of the voting rights (collectively, the “Vodafone Entities”).
  • The applicant should propose an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following issue areas: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development.
  • The project should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology. (We define innovation as something that hasn’t been done before, building upon existing technology, or a unique combination of technologies.)
  • The project should be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
  • Early-stage research, or ready to launch products, will not be considered.
  • Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and non-profit organizations working such areas as international development, health or environment.
  • Projects should demonstrate potential for replication and large scale impact.
  • Proposals should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

How to Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, Applicants must first successfully complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants will then receive the URL for the online application via e-mail and be asked to create a username and password which will enable them to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit. All information must be submitted through the on-line application. Finalists will be notified on or about March 25, 2016. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at a public forum in June, 2016.

For more information, please visit Vodafone Call.

Apply for the Holland Scholarship 2016-2017!

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Are you planning to do your bachelor’s or master’s abroad? Are you from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and are you ready for a chance of a lifetime? Apply for the Holland Scholarship!

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences  are inviting international students for Holland Scholarship (2016-2017) from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

Scholarships Value

  • The scholarship amounts to € 5,000.
  • Applicants will receive this in the first year of their studies.


  • To benefit from one of the best education systems in the world, with more than 2,100 English-taught programmes.
  • To participate in interactive education in which your contribution matters.
  • To become an innovative and creative thinker.
  • To be part of an international community.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Nationality is non-EEA.
  • Are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s programme at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions.
  • Meet the specific requirements of the institution of choice.
  • Do not have a degree from an education institution in the Netherlands.

For information regarding application procedure and more, please visit Holland Scholarship.

Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Advisor at IRC, DR Congo

Deadline: Ongoing

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Advisor in Kinshasa, DR Congo.

IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment program in the DRC seeks to increase the social, political and economic empowerment of women and girls, and prevent and respond to gender based violence.

The IRC DRC has been responding to gender based violence in North and South Kivu provinces, with bases in Goma and Bukavu.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Advisor will perform the following functions-

  • In collaboration with WPE program staff, the HQ Technical Advisor and the Director of WPE Program, oversee the quality of design, monitoring and evaluation of GBV programming in DRC.
  • Develop key technical program tools. Review and adapt existing IRC technical training materials. Develop training materials as needed to support the introduction of new programming approaches.
  • Oversee the development of staff technical capacity building plans and ensure staff receives training accordingly.
  • Act as a key technical facilitator and resource person for internal and external IRC trainings and workshops. Provide training to program staff as needed.
  • Closely work with the Regional Measurement Action Coordinator to improve program monitoring and to generate evidence for improving program quality and influencing policy.
  • Provide substantive input on WPE program evaluation and research initiatives.
  • Support the WPE Program Director to ensure coherence in program strategy and implementation across sites.
  • Ensure IRC adapts interventions according to the changing needs and the security situation in each province.
  • Work with program teams to develop new and update existing program components of the WPE sector strategy document to inform on-going opportunities for programming and to strengthen the linkages between WPE and other IRC program sectors (Health, CYPD, G&R).
  • Participate in inter-sectoral assessments and planning as required and provide guidance to other sectors’ project strategy to maximize safety of women and girls.
  • Participate in proposal writing and other business development opportunities as needed and inform program costing exercises.
  • Represent the program, its approaches and learning to external audiences regularly.
  • Contribute as required to advocacy and communication strategies and materials about the program for national and international audiences.
  • Manage the WPE Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Coordinator, ensuring that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in-place to collate and analyze data for problem analysis, planning and advocacy.
  • Provide regular feedback to WPE management staff and contribute to their performance reviews as required.
  • Assist with the recruitment of WPE management-level staff as needed.
  • Contribute to fostering the functioning of the team across sites and provinces, including supporting team-building activities.
  • Act in the place of the WPE Program Director as required.

Eligilibty Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Advanced degree in public health, social work, public policy or another related field.
  • At least five years of GBV or development programming experience , including three years of overseas management experience in GBV, protection or humanitarian program.
  • Exceptional sector-specific technical skills and knowledge. Ability to design and deliver training.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in complex program design and monitoring. Strong analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Ability and interest to work with a diverse and multicultural team in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Fluency in both French and English, spoken and written.
  • Experience with information management system s and data analysis a plus.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit IRC.

Project Director at Jhpiego, Zambia

Deadline: Ongoing

The Johns Hopkins University (Jhpiego) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Project Director in Zambia.

The Project Director / Technical Director for an HIV program that has a goal of reducing the number of new HIV infections among military personnel in Zambia.

Jhpiego is an international, nonprofit health organization, working with health experts, governments and community leaders to ensure high-quality health care for their people.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Project Director will perform the following functions-

  • Provide programmatic leadership for, and oversee the strategic planning of activities in support of the program goals and objectives, including the determination of program priorities and appropriate technical initiatives.
  • Coordinate the work of all team members with their designated counterparts within DOD, DFMS, Zambia MOH, as well as other key stakeholders such as NGOs (i.e., Project Concern International) and PVOs, to ensure effective technical assistance and harmonized implementation of activities.
  • Advise Zambia counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or working groups with counterparts and partner institutions.
  • Provide leadership in the design of supportive interventions to include HIV testing and counseling services (HTS), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services including community-based adherence support, laboratory services, and monitoring and evaluation. Ensure that interventions are technically sound, evidence-based, and are sustainable.
  • Represent Jhpiego and project in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations.
  • Coordinate and monitor all human, financial and material resources of the program to ensure successful implementation.
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with CDC, Zambia MOH, program team, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation / Strategic Information Advisor.
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with project goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results.
  • Write and/or review technical and project management components of materials and publications.
  • Ensure resources for program implementation are available.
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets.
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation.
  • Ensure technical compliance with PEPFAR and DOD rules and regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Clinical degree (medicine, nursing, and laboratory) with a Masters degree in public health, infectious disease, laboratory science, health administration, or other relevant advanced degree.
  • 10+ years project management / technical director experience for large, multi-year international health sector development programs that have implemented successful activities in HIV.
  • Demonstrated strong technical and programmatic knowledge and experience in the following areas: HIV testing and counseling; HIV treat treatment, care, and support for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV, laboratory service delivery, and cohort recording and reporting.
  • In-depth knowledge of PEPFAR programs, regulations, compliance and reporting.
  • Significant networking and partnership building skills, including ability to communicate with leaders in health and development fields.
  • Excellent program and financial management skills.
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
  • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software programs (Microsoft Office).
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally 25% of the time.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit Jhpiego.

2016 Asian Institute of Technology Scholarships to Promotes Technological Change & Sustainable Development in Asia

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is currently inviting applications from nationalities in the Asian region. AIT promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach.

The scholarships provide an opportunity for students of diverse background from all countries in Asia to study and do research work together in the truly international environmental at AIT, to build a good foundation for international understanding among people of Asia.

Scholarship Categories

Two scholarships are:

  • His Majesty the King’s Scholarships: Full Scholarship granted to qualified candidates with excellent undergraduate achievements from any Asian country to pursue a Master Degree any  of the disciplines offered at School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and School of Management (SOM), AIT.
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Scholarships: A Full scholarship granted to qualified candidates with excellent undergraduate achievements from any Asian country to pursue a master’s degree in environmental-related field offered at the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), AIT.

Benefits & Duration

Each scholarship award covers tuition fees, accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses in AIT’s residential campus, for entire period of 22- month master degree program.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Thai national or other nationalities in the Asian region.
  • Graduated in related fields from an accredited institution.
  • Have a good education record in a 4-year undergraduate program wit cGPA above 3.5 or equivalent, and high proficiency in English (a TOEFL score of 550 or equivalent).
  • Applicants can also take the AIT English Test administered by the AIT Language Center.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online nomination form available on the website and send it via email.

For more information, please visit Scholarships Programme.