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Procedure and Guidelines

Who May Apply

The allocation of research grants for Harka Gurung Research Fellowships (HGRFs) and Matthias Moyersoen Research Apprenticeships (MMRAs) is based on application process that ensures a competitive and fair process. The application selection process is transparent in essence of ample intellectual rigour in order to ensure high quality and relevant research. As per the stated objectives of this research fund which also reflect the fund’s core priorities, there is breakdown of the types of grants and designing of the application processing and selection process.

HGRFs primarily target thesis research in MPhil and PhD as well as established professionals belonging to socially excluded, marginalised and minority groups and from remote regions wanting to conduct quality research in social exclusion/inclusion.

MMRAs primarily target young graduates (Bachelors) and professionals pursuing Master’s Degree and/or thesis research in Master’s Degree so that individual belonging to socially excluded, marginalised and minority groups and from remote regions can enhance their research skills as well as derive specific knowledge and skills through micro level research on social exclusion/ inclusion.

The fund will accept the following types of applications listed below that focuses thematically on the topics salient to social inclusion and nation building in Nepal. The research themes and topics are as listed in the call for proposals (sections 1 and 3):

A.    Basic Criteria

(i)    Harka Gurung Research Fellowships (HGRFs):  

It is envisaged that the fund will provide grants facilitating the research projects of upto 18 months period allowing the HGRFs to spend 100% time on the project over this period.

Grants for HGRFs aim towards the fund’s overall objectives through:

a)    contributing to critical research on social exclusion and inclusion based on empirical knowledge

b)    making their research more relevant to contemporary discourses in social science and

c)    providing inputs to civil society and policy makers

Specific outcomes of HGRFs are:

·    Enhanced access of socially excluded, marginalised and minority groups to research funds including knowledge, skills and networks.

·    Policy makers and civil society informed on the situation and processes of social exclusion and marginalisation faced by individuals and groups in Nepalese society.

·    Micro studies and research on social exclusion and inclusion facilitate career development of those researchers.

Specific outputs of HGRFs are:

·    Inception report/Revised research methodology

·    Completed thesis or research report

·    A publishable research article (co-authored by the RF and the research mentor)

·    Communication and dissemination of findings with relevant groups and organisations.

Applications are invited from Nepali researcher or a team of Nepali researcher(s) from socially excluded groups as lead/principal researcher with minimum of Masters Degree and/or MPhil or PhD candidates. The awarded research fellows are not eligible to re-apply for the research fellowship as a principal researcher BUT can be a team member. Each individual researcher can only be involved in one application. THE PROPOSAL CALLS ARE NOT FOR THE INSTITUTIONS.

The research application/proposal is first assessed by the SIRF Secretariat for eligibility then sent to three relevant reviewers (one being an external reviewer). The proposal will then be marked by the reviewers which include written comments/assessment on overall strength and weakness of the proposals. The SIRF screening committee/board will then make a recommendation to an Interview Sub Committee comprising of an External Consultant for proposal defence. Based on the Interview Sub Committee recommendation Screening Committee will make decision on award on grant.

For the HGRFs criteria for selection are as follows:

1)    Literature Review on research topic

2)    Relevance of issue to be studied in view of the broader topic of social exclusion/inclusion as communicated in the call for proposals.

3)    Academic merits of the principal researcher and co-researcher(s) involved.

4)    Striving towards contribution to gender equity and equality.

5)    Communication & Dissemination of the research findings or and the results with relevant groups and organisations.

(ii)    Matthias Moyersoen Research Apprenticeships (MMRAs):

The MMRAs is of 1 year duration allowing the apprentices to spend 100% time on the research.

Grants for MMRAs aim towards the fund’s overall objectives through:

a)    capacity building for quality research thereby making social science research more relevant to excluded and disadvantaged groups and their agendas more concretely.

Specific outcomes of MMRAs are as follows:

·    Enhanced access of socially excluded, marginalised and minority groups to research funds including knowledge, skills and networks and

·    Increased awareness and understanding of researcher identified issues and themes of social exclusion and marginalisation

Specific outputs of MMRAs are as follows:

·    Inception report/Revised research proposal

·    Completed research report

·    Short articles for publication

·    Communication and dissemination with relevant groups and organisations.

Applications are invited from Nepali researchers with minimum of Bachelor’s Degree and upto Masters level. Bachelor's Degree students are eligible to apply if they are from Madhesi, Dalit, Muslim, LGBTI and Differently Abled categories. The awarded research apprentices are not eligible to re-apply for research apprenticeship. THE PROPOSAL CALLS ARE NOT FOR THE INSTITUTIONS.

The research application/proposal is first assessed by the SIRF Secretariat for eligibility and then sent to three relevant reviewers. The proposal will then be marked by the reviewers which include written comments/assessment on overall strength and weakness of the proposal. The SIRF screening committee/board will then make a recommendation to an Interview Sub Committee comprising of an External Consultant for proposal defence. Based on the Interview Sub Committee recommendation Screening Committee will make decision on award on grant.

For the MMRAs, criteria for selection are as follows:

1.    Literature review on research topic.

2.    Relevance of issue to be studied in view of the broader topic of social exclusion/inclusion as communicated in the call for proposals.

3.    Academic merits of the principal researcher and co-researcher(s) involved.

4.    Striving towards contribution to gender equity and equality.

5.    Communication and dissemination of the research findings or/and the results.

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