Call for Proposals: Restless Development for Youth Researchers |€2,500 grant

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Call for Proposals: Restless Development for Youth Researchers |€2,500 grant

Young researchers are welcome to submit proposals. As part of the Porticus Learning Partnership, Restless Development and Democracy Moves were each given a grant of 7,500 euros. The funding is intended to encourage youth-led action research in the fields of civic engagement and democratic governance. Three small-scale subgrants of 2,500 euros each will be given out over the following 18 months, with two grants going to implementation in Year 1 and one in Year 2.

The youth researcher will be essential to doing action research and producing youth-led insights on a particular issue pertaining to democratic government or civic participation. The goal of the research should be to produce novel insights and suggestions that may be applied to advocacy and change-making in order to pave the way for more just, long-lasting, and democratic futures. The researcher will also assist in the creation of insights for partners and donors on how to best support youth-led research and promote change.

Restless Development for Youth Researchers Themes

The following research themes have been identified based on consultations with the Democracy Moves network, learning questions developed with Porticus, and the potential to scale up the research as part of other funded initiatives:

  • Intergenerational alliances for countering the rise of authoritarianism
  • Organizing to counter democratic backsliding
  • Political participation of young people – influence and impact beyond elections
  • Intersectional youth movements – effective support, gaps, and impactful initiatives
  • Local threats and opportunities related to digital technologies
  • Impact (positive/negative) of new media technologies

Restless Development for Youth Researchers Responsibilities

The selected youth researcher will be expected to:

  • Participate in three onboarding/training sessions to finalize the research approach and design.
  • Attend a safeguarding and security briefing to ensure the well-being of all involved.
  • Commit to a weekly 30-minute check-in call to report progress, receive support, and seek guidance.
  • Deliver a comprehensive research report/write-up that includes a brief literature review, methodology, findings, analysis and recommendations.
  • Engage in an evaluation and learning debrief session with the research working group.
  • Participate in events, in collaboration with Porticus and wider networks, to formally present the research findings.

Restless Development for Youth Researchers Benefits

The selected youth researcher will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with the Democracy Moves Scholars Network for mentorship and support on action research approaches.
  • Establish informal networking and sharing spaces to gain additional insights and support from fellow researchers.
  • Receive support from Restless Development and Democracy Moves throughout the research process.

Restless Development for Youth Researchers Eligibility

  • Open to youth researchers supporting youth-led action research in the areas of Democratic Governance and Civic Engagement.
  • Proposals should address or connect with one of the main themes.

Restless Development for Youth Researchers Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: Alignment with the identified research themes and objectives.
  • Clarity: Clear articulation of the research question(s), objectives, and methodology.
  • Feasibility: Demonstrated feasibility

Restless Development for Youth Researchers Application

Interested individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest & research proposal that addresses or connects with one of the main themes highlighted above. The proposal should include the following information:

  • Personal details: Name, age, contact information, and relevant background/experience.
  • Proposed research topic: Clearly state the chosen research theme and provide a brief overview of the proposed research question(s) and objectives.
  • Methodology: Outline the research approach, methods, and data collection techniques that will be employed.
  • Timeline: Provide an estimated timeline for the research, including key milestones and deliverables.
  • Impact and potential recommendations: Describe the anticipated impact of the research and how the findings could be used for advocacy and change.
  • Ethical considerations: Explain how ethical standards and safeguarding measures will be addressed during the research process.
  • Note: The research proposal should not exceed 4 pages and must be submitted by 16 July 2023.

Deadline: July 16, 2023

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