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Call for Applications: Women Researchers Fellowship, Cross-Border Conflict: Evidence, Policy, and Trends (XCEPT) Program [$25,000 stipend]

The Asia Foundation is announcing a fellowship program targeting women researchers from the Global
South with an interest in researching conflict dynamics in border regions. The one-year initiative combines a research grant with opportunities for skills development and professional networking. The fellowship will be based remotely and is supported by a $25,000 stipend.

About the fellowship
This program will support six early career female researchers for a period of 12 months between 20 March 2024 and 20 March 2025. As well as providing a grant for undertaking original research, a key aspect of the fellowship will be participation in joint skills-building and networking activities, as well as peer learning and individual mentoring with experienced researchers working within the X-Border Local Research Network. Fellows will be supervised by a dedicated coordinator through regular remote meetings.

Through this program, fellows will be supported to:

1. Develop knowledge and skills in conducting research in complex conflict-affected border
regions through formal training and one-to-one mentoring with senior researchers and experts;
2. Grow new professional networks with individuals and organisations from the Global South
working on development interventions and policy solutions for contexts of protracted conflict;
3. Produce original research with institutional support from the X-Border Local Research Network

Research areas

Proposed research conducted through the fellowship must contribute to a better understanding of
conflict-affected borderlands, and/or how conflicts connect across borders, with the aim of providing
analysis that can inform development policy and programming. Research produced through this fellowship will be required to focus on the follow core themes of the XCEPT program:

  1. Gender and conflict, or women, peace and security in border regions
  2. Governance in unstable border regions
  3. Geostrategic dimensions of transnational conflict
  4. Climate change and insecurity
  5. Economic drivers of conflict


To apply for the Fellowship, submit the following items to Naruemol Tuenpakdee, before 15 January 2024:

1. Curriculum vitae (no longer than two pages).
2. Cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good candidate for this fellowship, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how this experience would enable you to serve the interests of your community and networks in the future.
3. Initial proposal of up to five pages describing the research you would like to undertake within the scope of this program, including proposed research questions and methodology. The proposal should clearly state which geographic region and which overall theme from those listed above you will focus on.
4. Contact information for two references (email preferred, referees will only be contacted for candidates who have reached the final stage of the selection process).

Shortlisted candidates may also be requested to provide a recent writing sample.

Deadline: January 15, 2024