Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.
Awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information. In exceptional cases the IAF will support research reflecting a primary interest in macro questions of politics and economics but only as they relate to the environment of the poor. The Fellowship Program complements IAF’s support for grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and preference for those applicants whose careers or research projects are related to topics of greatest interest to the IAF. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Organizations promoting grassroots development among poor and disadvantaged peoples;
- The financial sustainability and independence of development organizations;
- Trends affecting historically excluded groups, such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and young people;
- Transnational development;
- The role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development;
- The impact of globalization on grassroots development;
- The impact on the quality of life of the poor of grassroots development activities in such areas as sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, housing, health care, education, urban development, technology transfer, jobs creation, LGBT, and marketing and small-enterprise development.