Research Grants

Research Grant FAQs

What are SHAPE-SEA’s Five
Research Themes?
proposed research must cover at least of the following themes:

  • ASEAN and Human Rights
  • Business Accountability
  • Peace and Security
  • Governance and
  • Academic

Who are eligible to apply for the
Academics and researchers affiliated with an academic
institution or a university-based organisation based in Southeast Asia
(ASEAN-member countries and Timor-Leste) who are interested to conduct
research on any human rights and/or peace issues in the region. Academics can
either be working full time or part time with the affiliated institution.MA
and PhD students studying in an academic institution based in Southeast Asia
whose thesis is on a topic related to human rights and/or peace in the region
are also encouraged to apply.

How much are the
maximum amounts per
note that funds will be transferred to the project will be in Thai
  • MA (One Year): Not exceeding
    102,000 THB
  • PhD (One Year): Not exceeding 238,000
  • Small (One Year): Not exceeding 170,000
  • Medium (One to Two Years): Not exceeding 680,000
  • Regional (Two Years): Not exceeding 2,040,000

I am a non-Southeast Asian
academic/student/researcher affiliated with an academic institution based in
Southeast Asia. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. As long as you get
support from your academic institution and that your research proposal is on
human rights and/or peace in Southeast Asia, then you can apply for the
grant.I am a Southeast Asian academic/student/researcher based
outside Southeast Asia. Am I eligible to apply?
No. One of the
objectives of the research grant is to strengthen capacities of the
researcher’s host academic
institution/s. I applied to
the SHAPE-SEA research grants programme previously, can I still apply?
 Yes, as we see it as a
continuing process of learning.I am not affiliated with any
academic institutions based in Southeast Asia (freelance researcher or NGO),
Am I eligible to apply?
Not as a lead researcher, but you may
be part of a group research as a member.Can I submit more than
one research proposal?
Yes, but please note that only one
project under your name will be approved by the Selection
Committee.I am not affiliated with an academic institution that
deals directly with human rights and/or peace. Can I still apply for a
research grant?
Yes! We encourage researchers from other
academic disciplines to do research on human rights and/or peace to bring in
new approaches and perspectives.I am confused about which
category I should put my research under. Please help clarify.
different research grants are as

MA Thesis
Support for
data collection and writing for MA
PhD Thesis
Support for
data collection and writing for PhD
Support for
small scale (local or community sites  or single country) research
Medium Grants
Support for big
scale research on an issue in one country or research involving case studies
based in two countries. (Timeframe: 1-2
Support for
research involving two or more Southeast Asian countries. It is expected that
two or more academic institutions collaborate for the research project.
(Timeframe: 1-2

I am
currently supported by another scholarship or grants programme. Can I still
apply for the grant?
Selection committee will have to assess your current status. It is key that
you specify the nature and purpose of the existing grant that is awarded to
you because we will not be supporting research that is already being funded
by another organization or
institution. I would like to
conduct my research in my local language. Is this
SHAPE-SEA provides grants for MA Thesis, PhD and
Small Grants for research conducted in Khmer, Myanmar, Lao and Tieng Viet.
Please remember that concept notes, research proposals, progress reports and
summary of findings submitted to SHAPE-SEA have to be written in English.Will
the amount stated in my proposal be automatically approved by the
Not necessarily. The Selection Committee will
carefully assess your proposal and finally decide on the amount awarded for
your research.Who consists of the Selection
Members of the Selection Committee include experts
and emerging academics, and members of civil society who have been involved
in research and advocacy work on human rights and/or peace in the region.How
long is the Selection Process?
Due to the large number of
applications and a rigorous review process, it takes 3-4 months for a
decision to be rendered. The Selection Committee releases the final list of
grantees every December of each year. All grantees are therefore expected to
start their research by January 2017.Phase one will entail the assessment of
all concept note-applications and shortlisting of selected applications.
Phase two will include writing of full proposal, evaluation of proposals and
finalisation of selected grantees.Are there any rules about
using the SHAPE-SEA research grants?
Yes, SHAPE-SEA has a
finance policy that each researcher has to abide by. Please download the
document and read it carefully.Please note that, a few weeks after the
announcement of results, all selected grantees (lead researchers) would be
required to attend SHAPE-SEA’s Academic Research Workshop. This will be a
chance for all to meet and to learn about human rights and/or peace research
methodologies, frameworks and writing. After the workshop ends, contract
signing between the lead researcher and SHAPE-SEA representative will take
place. If you have other
inquiries and need any clarifications, please contact Mr. Joel Mark Barredo

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