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South Sudan Women’s Research Network: Call for Proposals: Research Grants – Round One

About SSWRN 

The South Sudan Women’s Research Network Project (SSWRN) promotes local women’s voices in research development and heritage preservation. It does this through a capacity building and training project that aims to invest in and enhance civil society’s knowledge of evidence-based analysis of conflict dynamics and human rights. The project was developed out of the need to engage women in research and bring their voices to the fore. This project aims, among other things, to promote the engagement of women as independent experts and development actors positioned to contribute to policy dialogue in the country.

About the Call 

In 2020, RVI secured a grant from the European Union with a key objective to strengthen women’s research in South Sudan. The project will increase the capacity, experience and the institutional power of women researchers, which will in turn increase and diversify knowledge production on developmental challenges, widening the scope for gender-sensitive development and good governance, and ultimately improving the development outcomes of women in South Sudan. To support this, the project has a research grant scheme under which successful applicants will be trained and mentored throughout the research process by experienced researchers from South Sudan, the wider region and beyond.

RVI is therefore pleased to invite applications for research grants. There will be two rounds of applications and this call is for round one. Each round will award ten research grant positions so that at the end of the project twenty South Sudanese women researchers will have benefited. The maximum award is $8,000 per research project to cover all costs, including research time, travel, and equipment, to be paid in instalments on the basis of agreed deliverables.

How to Apply

Fill in the attached application form (Annex I) and email it together with your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the South Sudan Women’s Research Network Project Manager at with the subject heading Call for Research Grant Proposals. Copy


8 February 2022: Publish call for grant applications

18 February 2022: Hold a question and answer session

6 March 2022: Deadline for submission of proposals

21 March 2022: Notify successful grantees

28 March 2022: Commence training programme and assign mentors

4 April 2022: Commence Fieldwork

5 December 2022: Deadline to submit completed research from Round One

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