Second call for applications for the production of research-based policy briefs

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


The commissioned policy briefs are intended to contribute to knowledge-sharing through dissemination of high quality, policy-relevant research produced by Rwandan researchers to a wide audience particularly to policy-makers. These policy briefs are commissioned for high quality, peer-reviewed academic work produced within the last two years, provided it has been or is about to be:

  • published in competitive international journals;
  • published by reputable book publishers or;
  • completed but not (yet) published (such as a defended doctoral dissertation).


A maximum of 8 proposals will be selected.


The commissioned policy briefs are intended to inform policy-makers, practitioners and academics about the output of Rwandan researchers touching on relevant and topical issues in the broadly defined field of peacebuilding. Successful applicants are expected to summarize key findings in their published articles, books, book chapters or finalized PhD work in a policy brief format to make it easily accessible to policy-makers and practitioners in relevant fields. Produced policy briefs will be posted on Aegis Trust’s Genocide Research Hub Library section and shared with targeted policymakers and practitioners jointly identified by the author(s) and the Aegis Trust team.

An application can be submitted by one or more authors. They shall consist of:

  1. an abstract not longer than 600 words (capturing the topic, methodology and main policy-relevant findings);;
  2. a Curriculum Vitae;
  3. a copy of the original work that shall inform the policy brief (where such work can practically be shared)


Submitted applications will be examined by the Aegis trust team with support from a pool of reviewers whose expertise is aligned with the focus areas of the research to be conducted. The evaluation of the proposals will be based on their: (a) academic quality; (b) innovation and relevance of the topic; (c) applicant’s credentials and (d) potential impact of the policy brief on policy-making.


Successful candidates will be invited to submit a policy brief within two weeks of the date of the notification of the final decision. They will receive Rwf 500,000 to facilitate the production of original policy briefs not longer than 3000 words or so. The amount paid for each policy brief will be the same, regardless of the number of co-authors. Eligible female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply and in cases whereby applicants of same profile working in the same area of focus have equal scores, the less represented gender among the competitors will be selected.


The deadline for submitting the applications is Sunday, 30 June 2019. Applications or any queries regarding this call shall be sent to:


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