The Research, Policy and Higher Education programme intends to stimulate Rwandan research that is relevant to policy and practice. As a contribution to this, the programme annually funds research projects by Rwandan researchers on themes relevant to genocide prevention and peacebuilding. Non Rwandans collaborating with Rwandans can also apply for these grants.
The programme publishes an annual Call for Research Proposals (click here for the latest call) inviting Rwandan researchers and non-Rwandans partnering with Rwandans to submit their applications. The proposals have to be in line with our themes. Projects to be funded are selected through a competitive process whereby quality, relevance and feasibility of the contemplated research are the key criteria used in their evaluation.
The selection of the cohort of researchers to be funded, is made by a board of 4 research advisers, led by Dr Felix Ndahinda, who is the Director of the Research, Policy and Higher Education programme.
Recipients of Aegis Trust grants are expected to produce high quality papers to be published in reputable international journals and on Aegis’ online working paper series. In order to foster this, the organisation offers a high quality advisory service whereby grant recipients are assigned academics with vast experience in relevant fields to work with for guidance throughout the life of the project.
The length of the research duration is about 10-12 months. At the end of this period, the researchers are expected to produce draft papers and policy briefs of the research projects. These are then copy edited by a professional, formatted to Aegis' design and published on Aegis' online working paper series.