IUSSP announces Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development (Africa and South Asia)

Deadline: 15 April 2019

The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) has announced the second call for policy-relevant research proposals from early career researchers to:

  • contribute to the evidence base needed to better meet the family planning (FP) and related reproductive health (RH) needs of the most vulnerable in urban areas of countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and
  • increase the attention paid to FP, fertility and population growth in urban development policy initiatives at local, national and international levels.


They invite innovative proposals for projects that link aspects of population change, fertility and FP and related RH issues to urban development. Indicative examples of possible research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Consequences of urban population growth
  • Consequences of fertility for urban household welfare
  • Better understanding of intra-urban differences in fertility and FP
  • Implementation and policy

Features of the Programme

  • The programme aims to build the policy-relevant evidence base on the implications of population growth, fertility and family planning for urban development in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as provide capacity building opportunities to early-career researchers to work on issues of urban family planning.
  • The programme will work closely with a select set of leading sub-Saharan African and South Asian institutions. Through annual fellow workshops, the programme will build the capacity of the early-career scholars
    • to conduct research on key areas of interest that demonstrates clearly the gaps in evidence and the ways in which these gaps may be filled,
    • to communicate the results of that research to appropriate audiences for increased policy relevance.
  • Where appropriate, early career fellows will be paired with a mentor to provide guidance on research and/or an urban partner to enhance policy engagement and relevance. This fellow mentor-partner pairing arrangement will be formal. Selection of mentors/partners will be done in collaboration with the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development.
  • A strong network-building component is anticipated. Annual fellow workshops will be held,
    • giving fellows exposure to a range of resource people who will serve as additional resources for their research,
    • enabling interaction between the cohorts of fellows,
    • building skills in communication and policy engagement.
  • Fellows will be strongly encouraged to present their research in important national and international conferences, and provision has been made in the budget to enable such attendance. They will be supported to link with broader research and urban development policy networks and programmes, both within and outside sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, making full use of established IUSSP networks and urban planning networks (e.g. UN.HABITAT, the International Society for Urban Health). They will also be encouraged to engage as early as possible at local and national levels with potential audiences who could use their research results, to ensure that the problem definition is tailored to specific gaps that need to be filled.

Funding scope and duration

The research project duration will be 12-24 months. All research activities and reporting must be completed before the agreed upon project completion date. A typical budget they expect to receive is US$30,000 to $40,000 for a two-year project through higher awards will be considered for proposals of exceptional quality.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The proposal must focus either on a single city, or represent comparative work on multiple urban areas, of any country of sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.
  • Eligibility will be limited to citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, currently working in established institutions in those countries.
  • Contracts will ideally be made with individual fellows but can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis if their home institution has special requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Sub Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information, please visit https://iussp.org/en/call-research-proposals

  • Avatar victor moonga says:

    application forms for zambia

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Victor Moonga

      Yes, Zambia is eligible to apply. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Zekrullah says:

    Is Afghanistan eligible to apply for this grant?

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Zekrullah,

      Yes, Afghanistan is eligible to apply. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Caesar Darifu says:

    If an Organization has worked on FP for the last five years through self funding. Can they apply again for this package

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Caesar Darifu,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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