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SHAPE-SEA’s Research Grants Programme 2023 (Extended to 31 May 2023)

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About
SHAPE-SEA
The Strengthening Human Rights and Peace
Research/Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia Programme (SHAPE-SEA) was borne
out of a desire by Southeast Asian human rights and peace scholars to
establish ways to develop and strengthen the capacities and knowledge of
fellow academics working in the region. It is a joint program of the ASEAN
University Network- Human Rights Education Theme (AUN-HRE) and the Southeast
Asian Human Rights and Peace Studies Network (SEAHRN). SHAPE-SEA is supported
by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
(SIDA).SHAPE-SEA’s vision is to strengthen the protection and promotion of
human rights and peace in Southeast Asia/ASEAN through education and
research. It aims to support research efforts that contribute to creating a
culture of human rights and peace in Southeast Asia.About RGP
2023
The Research Grants Programme (RGP) is the flagship
program of SHAPE-SEA. Since 2015, we have supported 58 projects that aim to
identify and critically analyze issues and identities remain
under-represented in regional human rights and peace spaces and discourses.
It aims to provide research opportunities, as well as financial, content, and
technical support for academics, students, and researchers based in Southeast
Asia, who interested in conducting studies on issues of human rights and/or
peace at the local, national, and regional levels.We are proud to announce
that we will, once again, offer support for emerging scholars and students
based in Southeast Asia through Research Grants Programme (RGP
2023).Research Scope and FocusThe qualified
research projects must cover at least of the following themes:

  • Academic Freedom
  • Peace, Conflict and Human
    Security
  • Safe and Dignified Migration
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Cultures, Values and
    Identities
  • Technology, Human Rights and
    Peace
  • Business Accountability
  • Gender and Human Rights
  • Marginalized
    groups

Who were are looking
for
RGP 2023 aims to build capacity and offer opporunties for
emerging scholars and graduate students to contribute to knowledge on
critical issues in Southeast Asia. Our grantees must be able to exhibit
knowledge about the issue to be tackled by the study. This includes the ability
to set objectives, scope and limitations, as well as the ability to
articulate context and research problems. He/She/They are expected to
have a good grasp of research tools and analytical framework to
implement/deliver the intended and proposed study.The research project must
be able to contribute to efforts aiming to achieve gender equality and
environmental protection. This includes identifying potential impacts of the
study (both implementation and outcomes) and action points to achieve set goals.
Research applications must be able to possess strong qualities related to
SHAPE-SEA’s principles with its vision regarding conducting research on human
rights and/or peace in Southeast Asia.RGP for Emerging
Scholars

  1. Applicants must be lecturers and
    researchers, either as individuals or in small teams, with 5 years of
    experience (max.) and affiliated with a Southeast Asian academic
    centre/institution
    .
  2. Applicants will have 9 to
    12 months (depending on the size and scope of the study) to complete their
    research projects with a maximum grant of Thai Baht (THB) 250,000 per
    research.
  3. The research will focus on either a
    national/local or regional issue(s) concerning either human rights or peace
    (or both)
  4. Any research covering more than one research
    theme is most desired.

RGP for MA
& PhD students

  1. Applicants must be
    citizens of Southeast Asia countries and based in any tertiary institution in
    Southeast Asia
  2. The applicants must complete their
    projects in twelve (12) months, for a maximum grant of THB 50,000 for MA students
    and THB 100,000 for PhD students For PhD Thesis Support Programme. It can be
    used to support data collection and analysis
  3. The
    research will focus on either a national/local or regional issue(s)
    concerning either human rights or peace (or both).
  4. Any
    research covering more than one research theme is
    welcomed.

SHAPE-SEA
Support
Apart from funding, grantees will get the chance to be
trained on rights-based research and project management. Emerging
scholar-grantees will be paired with a mentor, who is an expert on human
rights and/or peace. SHAPE-SEA staff will also guide researchers in
delivering their expected outputs and administrative requirements.Expected
Results and Output
Apart from an academic paper, our grantees
must be able to produce at least one material or activity that can be used
for advocacy or increase public awareness. This programme’s output will
be presented at the SEAHRN Conference and/or published in SHAPE-SEA’s digital
library.SHAPE-SEA SupportApart from funding,
grantees will get the chance to be trained on rights-based research and
project management. Emerging scholar-grantees will be paired with a mentor,
who is an expert on human rights and/or peace. SHAPE-SEA staff will also
guide researchers in delivering their expected outputs and administrative
requirements.Application RequirementsRGP
for Emerging Scholars

  1. Applicants must be
    lecturers and researchers, either as individuals or in small teams, with 5
    years of experience (max.) and affiliated with a Southeast Asian
    academic centre/institution
    .
  2. Applicants will
    have 9 to 12 months (depending on the size and scope of the study) to
    complete their research projects with a maximum grant of Thai Baht (THB)
    250,000 per research.
  3. The research will focus on either
    a national/local or regional issue(s) concerning either human rights or peace
    (or both)
  4. Any research covering more than one research
    theme is most desired.

RGP for MA &
PhD students

  1. Applicants must be citizens
    of Southeast Asia countries and based in any tertiary institution in
    Southeast Asia
  2. The applicants must complete their
    projects in twelve (12) months, for a maximum grant of THB 50,000 for MA
    students and THB 100,000 for PhD students For PhD Thesis Support Programme.
    It can be used to support data collection and analysis
  3. The research will focus on either a national/local or regional
    issue(s) concerning either human rights or peace (or both).
  4. Any research covering more than one research theme is
    welcomed.

SHAPE-SEA
Support
Apart from funding, grantees will get the chance to be
trained on rights-based research and project management. Emerging
scholar-grantees will be paired with a mentor, who is an expert on human
rights and/or peace. SHAPE-SEA staff will also guide researchers in
delivering their expected outputs and administrative
requirements.Expected Results and OutputA fair
and competitive selection process is the cornerstone of the RGP. Hence, all
of the selection process will be accomplished by a group of experts who will
review and select research candidates. They will determine who are most
qualified and deserving of SHAPE-SEA’s support. Applicants are required to
submit the following documents on or before 31 May 2023:

  • An accomplished SHAPE-SEA concept note
    containing the following:

    • Title, name/s of researcher/s,
      and the total budget.
    • Research problem, objective,
      output, methodology, contribution to existing knowledge
    • Brief
      Research Timeframe
    • Commitment to Gender Equality and
      Environmental Protection.
    • Alignment with SHAPE-SEA’s
      Research Programme Principles
    • Finance Situation
      (Institutional Bank Account)
  • Declaration of Conflict of Interest (found in the concept
    note template)
  • Statement of
    Support/Recommendation from Supervisor or Institution Representative
  • Curriculum Vitae (based on 5 years of academic and professional
    experience)

Submission of Required
Documents
All applicants are expected to submit required
documents on or before 31 May 2023: Shapesea.rgp@gmail.com.Email
Heading: RGP 2023 – Last Name Emerging
Scholar or Student 
(ex. RGP 2023 – Lim –
Student)Procedures and Timeline 

No. Procedures Timelines
1. Submission of Accomplished Concept
Notes and other requirements
31 May 2023 (Extended Date)
2 First Selection and
Shortlisting
15
May- 5 June 2023
3 Announcement of shortlisted
applicants
First to Second Week of June
2023
4 Full proposal submission First Week of
July 2023
5 Final Selection Last Week of July
2023
6 Research training and contracting Second to Third
Week of August
2023

 Contact
Person
For inquiries, contact Leony Panjaitan, Project Lead for
Knowledge Production at shapesea.rgp@gmail.com.

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