Building the Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Fellowship Program 2020 - 2021, Department for International Development, UK

CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree LevelPost Graduate
Type Academic Scholarships
Final Deadline 06 March, 2020
Intake Year2020



In 2016, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) partnered with the World Bank and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to establish a research program on forced displacement called “Building the Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership”. 1 The objective of the program is “to improve the wellbeing of the forcibly displaced and of host communities by improving global knowledge on the effectiveness of policies and programs that target these populations”.

The program is administered by the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) department of the World Bank and currently includes 5 pillars: 1) Research on global questions related to forced displacement in the education, health, social protection and jobs sectors; 2) Impact evaluations of programs administered to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs); 3) A research program on gender and forced displacement; 4) Research on forced displacement on selected topics not covered under pillars 1-3 and 5) A Young Fellows program for post-doc scholars interested in research on forced displacement. 

The first cycle of the Young Fellows program was launched in June 2018 and saw the participation of 10 African scholars who worked at the World Bank and the UNHCR for a period of 12 months between July 2018 and June 2019. The program proved to be a success as all scholars were able to produce high quality research and subsequently found employment in international organizations, including the World Bank and the UNHCR. Based on the experience of this first cycle, the DFID-WB-UNHCR research program on forced displacement is now launching a second cycle opened to young scholars globally.

The program is offering up to 10 new fellowships for the period July 1 st, 2020 – June 30th, 2021. 


Mandatory requirements:

• A completed Ph.D. in Social Sciences by June 30st, 2020 (Economics, Statistics, Politics, Sociology, etc);

• Strong quantitative skills (Statistics, Econometrics, Machine Learning, Impact evaluations skills);

• 35 years of age or below by December 31st, 2020;

• Citizen of a low- or middle-income country as defined by the World Bank; 

• A proven interest in forced displacement issues.

Priority will be given to scholars with:

• A Ph.D. thesis addressing forced displacement questions;

• Personal forced displacement experiences (Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and other scholars who have personally experienced forced displacement situations); • Proven work experience in forced displacement contexts;

• A publication record. 

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