How to apply for the second round of research grants


In August 2004, the WSIS Gender Caucus launched a competitive program of small grants to support innovative research on gender and information communications technologies, during 2004-05. It is anticipated that the supported research will be completed in time to be presented on Gender Caucus panels at the second World Summit on the Information Society, slated for Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005. A first round of small grants was made in October 2004 and a second call for proposals has now been launched.


The overall objective of the research program is to enlarge the knowledge base for gender-sensitive policy on information communications technologies. Projects, which can be related to activities anywhere in the world, are expected to fall into one of the following three general areas:


1.  Documentation, analysis and evaluation of efforts to mainstream gender into ICT policy. This could include a critique of existing initiatives or the documentation of best practices, including the implementation of gender-sensitive ICT policy.


2.  Applications and content. This could include case studies of cultural, social and technical perspectives on ICT policy or political economy-based studies of applications in education, health, e-governance, e-commerce, etc.


3.  Theories and methodologies. This could include the development of conceptual frameworks and methodologies for better understanding and analyzing the relationship between ICTs and gender.


A maximum of 20 research grants will be made, each to a maximum of US$1000. This total is expected to cover all associated research costs and recipients would be expected to plan their projects accordingly. Up to one half of the grants will be used to support young scholars (female or male) who are currently registered in a higher degree program (masterís or doctoral level). The remaining grants are intended to support university and research center based scholars. Projects that involve collaboration beyond national borders will be considered for slightly higher grants (to a maximum of US$2500).


Successful applicants will receive one half of their grant at the beginning of the project and the remainder when the final report has been received. There will be no exceptions.


Proposals must be submitted by e-mail and must meet the following requirements:


●   clear statement of the problem

●   objectives of the research

●   methodology

●   method of data analysis

●   time line

●   preliminary bibliography


Proposals may be submitted in English, French or Spanish and the final reports for successful proposals can be submitted in any of these languages. However, correspondence with all applicants will be in English.


Proposals should be a maximum of five pages. Proposals longer than five pages will automatically be rejected.


An international panel of experts will select the winning proposals and their decisions will be final. In addition to the criteria listed above, the panel will give consideration to regional balance. All or some of the winning researchers may be invited to present their completed work on Gender Caucus panels at WSIS, Tunis.


To be considered for this (second) round of research grants, interested parties should submit their proposal to [email protected] by December 31, 2004. It is anticipated that the successful applicants will be chosen by the end of January  2005.

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