Call for proposals

The Aegis Trust is pleased to launch a fourth call for proposals by Rwandan researchers, as part of its Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) programme funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

We welcome proposals for innovative, challenging research papers of between 7,000 and 10,000 words (in English or French) on the following broad themes:

  • Memory, identity and narrative
  • Reconciliation and social cohesion
  • Transitional Justice
  • Trauma and psychological/psycho-social issues
  • Gender dimensions of post-genocide recovery
  • Post-genocide economic development
  • Education, media and peacebuilding (with an emphasis on Peace education)

Only Rwandan nationals (or non-Rwandans collaborating with Rwandans) may apply. At least 8 proposals will receive funding. Each successful proposal will receive the Rwandan Francs equivalent of 2500 British pounds (before tax) to be used for researchers’ remuneration and other costs associated with conducting the research (£1750 will be paid upfront and £750 upon production of the outputs detailed below). The amount paid for each research paper will be the same, regardless of the number of co – authors.

Proposals must include a brief description (maximum 500 words) of the broad topic of the paper, the specific research question to be addressed, the research methods to be employed and the paper’s expected contribution to the existing literature. Applicants, including any co-authors, should also include a copy of their CV. Proposals may relate to ongoing projects (which are not yet in final stages) or new projects that require fresh research. Both categories will be paid at the same rate.

Successful applicants will be expected to produce a draft paper by 1st September 2018 for inclusion in the Aegis online Working Paper series, a roughly 5-page Policy Brief highlighting the paper’s key findings by 15th September 2018, and evidence that the working paper has been submitted for publication in an academic journal or as a chapter in an edited volume. Successful applicants will contractually undertake to strictly comply with these deadlines.

Authors of shortlisted projects will be interviewed by end of November and a final selection made immediately after the interviews. Selected authors will start with their projects by 1 December 2017. An initial meeting of authors and advisors will take place in February 2018 where improved proposals covering authors’ theoretical frameworks will be presented.  Other workshops will be organized subsequently to discuss full drafts and explore possibilities for publication.

The deadline for submitting research proposals is Sunday 19th November 2017. Proposals or any queries should be sent to: You are encouraged to submit your proposal through our online platform that seeks to increase knowledge among researchers, policy makers and practitioners – the Genocide Research Hub – using the application link.

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