OSSREA Call for Proposals for research grants in International Migration and Development (Sub Saharan Africa) - Apply by March 30!

For more information and other opportunities, please visit:http://www.ossrea.net/

OSSREA’s study on south-north and south-south migration, with a special focus on Sub Saharan African countries, has the following objectives.

  • To analyze the nature and types of south-south migration and migration to neighbouring countries focusing, interalia, on brain drain, human rights abuse, brain gain, remittances, technological transfer and gender dimension of migration;
  • To examine the nature and types of migration from Sub-Saharan African countries to Arab States in the Gulf,  as well as from Sub-Saharan Africa to the countries in the North giving attention, interalia, to types of professions and skills of migrants, brain drain, human rights abuse, brain gain, remittances, technological transfer and gender dimension of migration; and
  • To examine successes and challenges of Sub-Saharan African countries national policy responses to address the negative implications of brain drain and human right abuses of migrants as well as to encourage remittance flow, technological transfer and engaging the Africa Diaspora to contribute to Africa’s recovery.


OSSREA would like to invite researchers to submit proposals and provide research grant to successful applicants to conduct studies on the aforementioned and related issues with a focus on any one of Eastern and Southern African countries.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants should be nationals of countries of Eastern and Southern Africa and should be based in a research and/or a higher learning institution.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Masters Degree in the social sciences or related field from an accredited institution.


Application documents:

  • A synopsis of the proposed research including: (a) Title, (b) Background, (c) Problem statement, (d) Study objectives, (e) Study significance and scope, (f) Conceptual framework, (g) Literature review, (h) Methodology, (i) References, (j) Work plan, and (k) Detailed break‐down of the budget required to accomplish the proposed research, both in local currency and its equivalent in US Dollars.
  • Current curriculum vitae of the applicant(s).
  • A letter of endorsement from the institution of affiliation.
  • Co‐authored proposals are accepted provided that the proposal is written by authors who fulfil the eligibility criteria indicated above.
  • The size of the proposal should be limited to a maximum of 15‐20 pages with 1.5" lines-spacing.


  • The budget for the proposed research should not exceed US$ 10,000 and can be used to cover actual research costs (e.g., local travel and subsistence, supplies, acquisition of documents, photocopying, etc.) and honorarium (maximum10% of the total) for the researcher(s).
  • Researchers should provide a detailed break‐down of the budget in local currency and US dollars (describe each item and indicate how it is related to the research project) and work plan:
  • Cost for purchase of computer and its accessories, camera, video recorder and its accessories are not accepted;
  • 35 % of the fund will be released at the time of signing the contract, 20% on submission of a progress report, and 45% will be released after submitting the final manuscript which is acceptable by OSSREA.

Other Conditions:

  • Successful applicants will be expected to take up their research within one week from the date of notification. Normally the award will be good for a period no longer than 12 months.
  • Successful applicants will be required to deposit copies of their final research report with the relevant university library, academic department or the national archives in the country where the research was conducted, in addition to submitting to OSSREA one hard copy and soft copy.
  • Successful applicants will be required to present their draft or final papers to a workshop that will be organized by OSSREA to deliberate on the findings.
  • Applicants that are currently involved in OSSREA research projects are not allowed to apply.


Applications and proposals should be submitted to OSSREA by e‐mail by March 30, 2012

Contact Address:

The Coordinator

Grant Competition on Migration, OSSREA

P. O. Box 31971, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel.: 251‐11‐1239484/1239717

Fax: 251‐11‐1223921

Email: migration(at)ossrea.net


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