Raoul Wallenberg Institute Call for Applications: Regional Human Rights Research Initiative 2019


Deadline: 25 February 2019

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is seeking applications for Regional Human Rights Research Initiative 2019 to strengthen research skills and thematic knowledge on connections between human rights, gender equality and environment in the Asia region, with the ultimate objective to influence knowledge, policy, practice and discourse.

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Thus the initiative’s focus is to strengthen the capacities of academics to contribute to relevant policy and legal developments, support cross-border exchanges and engagement, and encourage more academics from human rights and other fields to participate in international and regional processes.

As part of the Regional Asia Programme on Human Rights and Sustainable Development 2017-2021, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) hereby calls for applications from academics (both researchers and lecturers) affiliated with academic institutions in countries eligible for international development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific to participate in their regional Human Rights Research Initiative 2019.

The programme is organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), with financial support from Swedish Development Cooperation. RWI has a thematic focus in a number of areas: people on the move, inclusive societies, fair and efficient justice, economic globalisation and human rights, corruption, as well as gender equality , the regional Human Rights Research Initiative is part of the RWI’s Regional Asia Programme on Human Rights and Sustainable Development supported by SIDA.

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RWI will select up to 20 participants from across the Asia Pacific region, pursuing gender balance and a wide institutional and geographical representation. Applications from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar will be prioritised. Note that it is of utmost importance that the selected participants are fully committed to this initiative and participate in all stages and activities of the programme, including by finalising the research paper. Successful candidates will be asked to sign a written declaration of such commitment and their participation in this program will be discontinued if there is evidence that the expected tasks and milestones are not observed.

All costs related to participation in the initiative, including for travel and accommodation during related activities will be covered by RWI. A small per diem will be provided to the participants during the different courses/meetings in accordance with RWI’s general rules. However, all costs related to carrying out the actual research must be borne by the participants, and RWI is not able to pay researchers a salary or a stipend.

Eligibility Criteria

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Applicants should:

  • Be citizens of eligible countries in Asia
  • Be affiliated to an academic institution in eligible countries (this includes current PhD researchers)
  • Be committed and available to take part in ALL steps of the research initiative and develop a good working relation with the mentors
  • Be prepared to work collaboratively with another participant on the joint research paper
  • Be willing to actively listen and engage with other academic disciplines represented in the group
  • Be innovative and interested to explore how the skills obtained could be used, including within current or planned teaching at affiliated institutions

How to Apply

If you are interested in taking part in this initiative, please submit the following, in English via email to RWI at the address given on the website:

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  • Application Form
  • Research proposal
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample in English (an article, book chapter, report, essay or any piece of academic writing)
  • Document of proficiency in English if availableAny questions regarding the initiative, requirements and arrangements, can be put forward to Ms Chen Tingting on the email address provided above.

For more information, please visit https://rwi.lu.se/2019/02/call-for-applications-regional-human-rights-research-initiative-2019/

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