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Graduate Fellowship in Development Research

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Our research tackles the complex and persistent challenges of poverty and development. We take a multidisciplinary approach and work with an international network of partners to develop solutions which we actively seek to see applied in development policy and practice.

Our collaboration with researchers, policy makers and international development practitioners help to foster thinkers with well-informed views. Their diverse insights and opinions represent our commitment to advancing knowledge and using rigorous research to find sustainable solutions to international development challenges.

Our Fellows consist of individual researchers working remotely on carrying out research on themes close to those of our programmes. Fellows will be in the network of an IDR affiliate and will be able to make original contributions to our programmes and thematic areas. They will continue to work or study in their current positions and various locations, but will interact with IDR as a part of the Fellowship.

We are soliciting for young professionals seeking to use their education and skills to address social and economic challenges for underserved populations and desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact.

This programme is delivered in English only. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply to this programme.

Who Should Participate

  • Staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations working in both relatively stable regions and conflict-affected areas.
  • Young graduates wanting to break into the international development sector.
  • Postgraduate students seeking to use their scholarly skills to address social and economic challenges for underserved populations.
  • Researchers and consultants in civil society organizations, think-tanks and international NGOs.
  • Enthusiastic individuals who desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact.

Benefits

  • Gain extensive knowledge of global development delivered by professionals drawn from a variety of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), international organisations, consultancies, think tanks and academic institutions thereby boosting your career confidence and expanding your professional network.
  • Become proficient in development research techniques from a practical point of view.
  • In-house staffers and Fellows joint response to global and regional requests for proposals and other solicitations that invests in knowledge, innovation and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world.
  • Gain edge over a significant number of fully-funded scholarships offered by universities, foreign governments and international organizations that support development-related studies.
  • Receive the prestigious IDR authorized certificate of fellowship in development research.

Prerequisite Programme

  • A First Look at Global Development
  • Poverty Assessment Tools
  • Data Sources in International Development
  • Routes into International Development
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Research Methodology for Development
  • Mobile Data Collection
  • Exploring Opportunities in the Development Sector
  • Project Management in Development Research
  • Development Research Templates
  • Communication for Development
  • Evaluation of Donor-funded Projects
  • GIS Mapping for Development Projects
  • Programme Implementation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Responding to RFPs
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D)
  • Artificial Intelligence for International Development
  • Future of Development Aid
  • Term Paper

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why the fellowship in development research?

The Fellowship in Development Research will complement research efforts of our Institute for Development Research – an independent and non-partisan unit of the Dataville consortium which brings together independent experts drawn Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), international organisations, consultancies, think tanks and academic institutions who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of development and public policy issues. Our research revolves around Africa; Poverty and Development; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Gender and Development; and Aid Challenges.

What is the mode of this fellowship programme?

Fellows will be in the network of IDR and will be able to make original contributions to our programmes and thematic areas. They will continue to work or study in their current positions and various locations, but will interact with IDR as a part of the Fellowship. Fellows will work out how they would like to contribute: send in a paper, write a short one-page note, suggest links and websites or other ways that would enhance the programme’s content. Fellows could also suggest new topic sub-categories (within the existing focal themes and sub-themes), but will be responsible to fill it up in its entirety.

Do I need to have experience in the development sector?

No prior experience is required. However, selected Fellows will undergo a prerequisite programme in development, covering the following areas:

  • A First Look at Global Development
  • Poverty Assessment Tools
  • Data Sources in International Development
  • Routes into International Development
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Research Methodology for Development
  • Mobile Data Collection
  • Exploring Opportunities in the Development Sector
  • Project Management in Development Research
  • Development Research Templates
  • Communication for Development
  • Evaluation of Donor-funded Projects
  • GIS Mapping for Development Projects
  • Programme Implementation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Responding to RFPs
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D)
  • Artificial Intelligence for International Development
  • Future of Development Aid
  • Term Paper

What is the duration of this programme?

After a minimum period of three months of interaction, and after having made concrete inputs to IDR’s programmes, a Fellow is eligible to receive a “Certificate of Fellowship in Development Research”.

How is this programme funded?

This maiden Fellowship programme is a sole initiative of Dataville Research LLC and does not receive any external funding for any of its activities. Hence, as a matter of policy, selected IDR Fellows will be required to pay a one-time fee of NGN 5000 or 20 USD as part of the operating costs.

Further enquires?

For further questions and comments, please send a mail to fellowship@datavillegroup.com. Our Support Team typically respond within 1-3 hours.

Research Fellowship Application Form

| Deadline: June 20, 2020

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How did you hear about this programme?

Selection Assessment Question

Preferred Mode

 Virtual In-house

Sector of Interest

 Human Rights Education Public Health Agriculture and Food Security Climate Change Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Private Sector Development Governance and Civil Society ICT4D AI for Social Good

 I hereby acknowledge that if selected as a Fellow in the IDR Fellowship in Development Research, I confirm that I will abide by the time commitments as outlined in the full 12-week programme. Given the current global health issue around COVID-19, Dataville Research has decided to suspend all in-person engagements for the interim and will only be offering the Virtual Fellowship Programme at present.