This A$20,000 Award will:
- Support a promising PNG-based researcher in developing her/his research skills, by designing and implementing a social change research project of up to 12 months' duration
- Generate new knowledge in relation to progressive social change in Papua New Guinea, and
- Share this new knowledge broadly, including via traditional research outputs and drawing on the CSCM's history of creative and innovative research dissemination (e.g., DVDs, blogging etc.)
Key application criteria:
- Proposed research projects must examine progressive social change in an applied way
(i.e., the research must be of practical use);
- Preference will be given to work that examines participatory and culturally relevant progressive social change in PNG, focusing on people that are marginalised and disadvantaged;
- All proposals must fit with the aims and the focus of the IHSSC and the CSCM (see below);
is a preference for projects that focus on one of the topic areas
currently covered by IHSSC and CSCM, which are (in alphabetical order):
- Coalitions for change
- Communication for development/communication for social change
- Intersections of gender and sexuality
- Prevention of gender-based violence
- Prevention of sorcery-related violence
- Women's leadership
Strong proposals related to areas of social change that fall outside of this list will still be considered;
The research proposal and dissemination plan are innovative, and
The budget and timeline are realistic.
Aims and focus of the IHSSC and CSCM
All applicants are asked to submit an 800-1,200 word narrative proposal, a draft budget, and a timeline to The Director, CSCM (firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com). Please also submit any questions to these addresses.
The deadline for applications is January 10, 2016.
The narrative proposal must:
- Describe the proposed research project
- What do you want to research, and why is it important?
- What are your 'big picture' research questions?
- How will you seek to answer these
questions, and why?
(e.g. will you review secondary data, such as media reports and online visual or written materials; will you collect 'new' data, by approaching certain people in certain ways; will you do both? How and why?)
- What is the relevance of your
proposed work to the aims & current work of the IHSSC and CSCM?
(N.B.: proposals that fall outside of our current work will still be considered, but such projects will need a clear explanation of why we should fund work in a different topic area).
- What outputs will you produce?
(The IHSSC and CSCM expect to generate 3 co-authored journal articles from this Award, with input from the Awardee; what else will you produce?)
- Outline the applicant's relevant experience and qualifications
(N.B.: There is no minimum academic qualification required. Relevant experience in non-academic areas will be given full consideration.)
The dissemination plan must explain:
- How will you share the knowledge generated during the project?
- With whom? Why?
The draft budget has to take into account:
- A maximum of A$10,000 can be allocated to living expenses (to be paid fortnightly by the CSCM).
The timeline has to include the following fixed elements (assuming a 12 month project):
- 3 months: Research proposal agreed by IHSSC & CSCM; ethics application submitted (via University of Goroka processes)
- 6 months: Progress report
- 12 months: Agreed research outcomes delivered
Our commitment to the Awardee:
- IHSSC & CSCM will provide regular supervision to the Awardee during the life of the Fellowship
- CSCM will provide the Awardee with a work space for the life of the Award, and with access to audio visual equipment if required
The Awardee will be expected to:
- Participate in the postgraduate life of CSCM, presenting at least one paper on their research to CSCM and University of Goroka staff and students during the life of the Award
- Contribute to peer-reviewed journal articles (it is anticipated that a maximum of three such articles will be generated through the Award)
- Acknowledge the contributions made by the IHSSC/La Trobe University and CSCM/University of Goroka in all outputs
- Honestly acquit all expenditure