This is an opportunity to take part in one the most influential and long running development studies in the world.
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) invites research and development institutes to respond to this Request for Proposals (RFP), either from individual researchers or in collaboration with PhD students from Asia who wish to undertake field research in an ICRISAT-NCAP-IRRI project on Village Dynamics Studies in India and Bangladesh. The researcher can make use of the data collected under the VDSA project (micro and meso level), undertake field trips to collect additional data or for ground truthing the data to address her/his research topic. Research fellowships funded through this RFP will contribute to policies, practices and innovations that alleviate rural poverty by analyzing and disseminating knowledge on rural livelihoods, poverty dynamics and development pathways of the poor in the semi-arid tropics and humid tropics of India and Bangladesh as well as on issues related to efficiency, equity and sustainability of agriculture.
The Research Field Proposals aim at:
• Funding innovative projects with high potential for impact at research, institutional and policy levels;
• Promoting the development of new research partnerships between IARCs, National Agricultural Research Institutions, Advance Research Institutes and Universities; and
• Providing Asian research scholars with funding to undertake research on rural livelihoods, poverty dynamics and development pathways in India and Bangladesh
For more information on the village level studies visit http://vdsa.icrisat.ac.in/
Deadline: November 15, 2011