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.
A full-time researcher or a PhD student in the social sciences or humanities and a national of any Asian country (Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, among others) is eligible to apply for the fellowship. In case of a PhD student, the applicant must have completed all his PhD requirements except fieldwork and dissertation by the time the fellowship begins.
VDSA can only fund research carried out in collaboration with ICRISAT, NCAP or IRRI. Collaboration with an institution (research organization or NGO) in the country or countries of research and collaborative proposals are encouraged, but not compulsory. National institutes in developing countries may initiate the research project but the substantial involvement of ICRISAT, NCAP or IRRI is required.