Comparative Research Networks 2016 Competition
Laureates (April 15, 2016); Evaluators (February 29, 2016)
The Comparative Research Network Competition is a long-standing tool that CODESRIA uses to encourage the development and consolidation of a comparative analytic perspective in the work of African social science researchers. The goal of the program is to contribute to the establishment of a strong corpus of comparative studies produced by African and Diaspora scholars that is theoretically innovative while being grounded in sound empirical research. The competition seeks to support work employing temporal and spatial frames of analysis and units of analysis that range from the regional and sub-regional to the national and local. The CODESRIA CRN Program encourages intra-African comparative work that explores and exploits the variegated nature of social realities on the continent as well as studies that put the continent in conversation with other areas of world with particular emphasis on the Global South.
Priority research themes for the constitution of CRNs for 2016 include the following:
1. The dynamics and structures of aesthetics and aspirations in an evolving Africa
2. The environment, natural resource management and climate change
3. Public health in Africa
4. Gender and security regimes in Africa
5. The meaning, nature, implications and possibilities of Africa’s youth bulge
6. The formulation, adoption, signature, ratification, domestication and implementation of (sub)regional policies in Africa
7. The (gendered) economics of domestic labor regimes in Africa
Call for Applications: Laureates
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centers of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on the themes highlighted above. Applicants are advised to clearly highlight the comparative character of their work in all sections of their proposals with particular emphasis on how their study designs, research methods and research activities enable them address the comparative questions posed. The independent selection committee will eliminate proposals that do not do so sufficiently.
CRNs should have between three and five members including the coordinator. It is advantageous to ensure that proposed networks are multidisciplinary in composition, sensitive to gender issues, and accommodative of younger scholars.
Interested researchers should submit application packages containing the following required materials as Word documents. Please note that applications that lack any of these elements will be discarded.
• A proposal with the following sections: an introduction; statement and contextualization of question; brief review of literature and/or competing hypotheses; study design and research methodology; theoretical and practical significance of the study; any progress made so far on the subject of the proposal; and a brief summary of budget and research plan. Proposals must be submitted as Word documents and should be 10 pages long (font type: Times New Roman; font size: 12; line spacing: double). Brief budgets, which should be incorporated into proposals, should take into consideration the fact that CRNs have a strict 15-month lifespan. This means that the demonstration of significant prior research in the chosen area of work that will facilitate the fast completion of the project will be an added advantage. Although grants awarded for CRNs vary from group to group, applicants should note for indicative purposes that recent grants ranged between USD 20,000 and USD 35,000. No specific format is required for the presentation of budgets but the Council covers the following costs:
Field work undertaken by the members of the network
Books purchased for the work of the CRN
Honorariums paid to members of the CRN for work undertaken
A review workshop to evaluate progress made by members
• A cover letter listing network members and coordinator(s) and their email addresses and phone numbers
• CVs of all network members that contain full contact details including email and phone numbers
• A completed version of the identification sheet attached to this call. Please leave the document as an Excel file.
The deadline for submission of applications for the 2016 CRN Competition is April 15, 2016. Notification of the result of the selection process will be done by May 31, 2016. CODESRIA will organize a methodology workshop for selected CRNs members in the final week of July 2016. All applications should be sent by email to Comparative Research Networks, CODESRIA at firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending your email kindly use the subject line ‘CRN 2016’ to ensure your application does not get lost.
Call for Applications: Evaluators
CODESRIA invites highly qualified African and Diaspora researchers with significant experience in the conduct of comparative research and/or teaching of comparative research methodology to apply for the position of evaluator for the 2016 CRN grant competition. Evaluators perform the primary function of reading, commenting on and ranking CRN proposals.
CODESRIA offers a modest honorarium for the work of evaluators and often invites some evaluators, under separate contracts, to also serve as resource persons during workshops for CRN members. Applicants should send the following documents to CODESRIA
• A one-page cover letter
• A CV with full contact details including email and phone numbers that highlights the applicant’s experience in the area of comparative research and comparative research methodology
• A completed version of the identification sheet attached to this call
The deadline for submission of applications is February 29, 2016. Notification of the result of the selection process will be done by March 31, 2016. All applications should be sent by email to Comparative Research Networks, CODESRIA at email@example.com. When sending your email kindly use the subject line ‘CRN 2016 evaluator’ to ensure your application does not get lost.
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Comparative Research Networks 2016 Competition