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Dec. 30 Application Deadline: 2017 RESOLVE Network Bangladesh Fellowship

Dec. 30 Application Deadline: 2017 RESOLVE Network Bangladesh Fellowship

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The RESOLVE Network Research Fellowship Program is a flagship enterprise of the Network. A global consortium of research organizations and researchers committed to leveraging locally informed research on the drivers of violent extremism and sources of community resilience, the RESOLVE Network promotes the professional development of emerging research leaders around the world. A key goal of the fellowship is to grow the global cadre of credible change agents who are engaged in shaping local, regional, and international policy dialogues on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). The RESOLVE Network Secretariat is soliciting applications from qualified researchers in Bangladesh and will award up to five fellowships in early 2017.

The program connects early and mid-career researchers with senior subject matter experts to jointly pursue cutting edge research on the drivers of violent extremism, political violence, and violent social movements in one of the Network’s six priority regions. The Network’s partner organizations have identified the Balkans and Caucasus, the Levant and Greater Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, South and Central Asia, and Southeast Asia as priority regions where research is most needed. As part of its research agenda, the Network’s Secretariat has further targeted specific countries for focused study over the next several years. The list of priority countries includes: Nigeria, Bangladesh, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali, and Kosovo.

Overseen by the Network’s Secretariat in consultation with the Network’s eight-member Steering Committee, the research fellowship strives to tap into the talents of local thought leaders and researchers in priority countries and regions to identify the context-specific drivers of violent extremism, and to position them to drive forward a country-specific research agenda on these issues. Through a learning-by-doing model, fellows will work with select network affiliated senior researchers and partner organizations on specific projects and utilize their research experience while further building upon their knowledge of research study design and data analysis, project management, operational security, leadership, and policy-relevant dissemination activities. Training will be provided in the form of one-on-one mentoring, workshops, and short-term research institutes over the course of the equivalent of two academic semesters. At the end of the program, fellows will co-author policy briefs with their mentors published by the RESOLVE Network and present their findings alongside their mentors at the RESOLVE Network’s annual Fall Forum in September in Washington, DC.

Some of the possible themes of interest for projects might include, but are not limited to, the following. This list is not exhaustive and alternative topics may be considered upon consultation.

  • Public discourse on state legitimacy, religious identity, sectarian violence, social cohesion, and community resilience to violent extremism;
  • Religious claims around justice, security, and morality and the relationship between the state, religious actors and institutions, and the public;
  • The role of state security institutions in influencing community responses to violent extremism and how security structures impact public views on extremism;
  • The role of social identity, gender and generational divides, and social mobility in collective community decisions to reject, passively support, or actively participate in violent social movements;
  • Analysis of detention and corrections practices, prison social networks, and community support networks for former extremists;
  • Assessments of community resilience, social integration, and non-violent strategies employed by different community actors in response to conflict; and
  • The impact of migration and displacement on community and state responses to violent extremism.

RESOLVE Network Research Fellowship awards will not be made for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts outside its priority regions, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance. Projects and fellows will be selected on the basis of their demonstrable ability to contribute to the empirically derived evidence base in a balanced, non-partisan manner on what works and doesn’t work to prevent and counter violent extremism.

Eligible Candidates

Bangladeshi citizens may apply. Applicants based in Bangladesh full-time will be given the highest consideration. Applications from Bangladeshi nationals living outside the country who show a commitment to traveling to the country to conduct research and to returning to their home countries within one-year of completing the program may also be considered. Applicants must be fluent in English and Bangla, both written and spoken. The Network Secretariat will only consider candidates who have a combination of the following educational and professional experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, international affairs, legal studies, journalism, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, criminology, or related social sciences plus a minimum of 6 years professional experience working with reputable media outlets, think tanks, universities, and/or research centers.
  • Master’s degree in political science, economics, international affairs, legal studies, journalism, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, criminology, or related social sciences plus a minimum of 4 years professional experience working with reputable media outlets, think tanks, universities, and/or research centers.
  • Doctoral candidates or degree recipients in political science, economics, international affairs, legal studies, journalism, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, criminology, or related social sciences plus a minimum of 2 years professional experience working with reputable media outlets, think tanks, universities, and/or research centers.

Selection Process

RESOLVE Network Research Fellow applications are vetted through a review that includes consideration by senior subject matter experts and professional staff at the RESOLVE Network Secretariat, which is currently housed at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Following review of applications, a short list of qualified candidates will be invited to interview via Skype or in person when possible. The Network Secretariat may confer with Network Steering Committee members and other network partner organizations during the selection process. Final authority for decisions about RESOLVE Network Research Fellowship awards, however, rests with the RESOLVE Network Secretariat.

Selection Criteria

Selection of fellowship candidates is based on the assessment of the applicant’s:

  • Record of achievement and/or leadership potential, and
  • Capacity to benefit from and make professional use of the fellowship experience in subsequent years.

Specific components of the application are detailed in the Components of the RESOLVE Network Research Fellowship Application document.

Terms of Award

The 2017 RESOLVE Network Research Fellowship Awards are set at a total of $4,500 for a 9-month program (January-September 2017) and are paid directly to the individual. RESOLVE Network Research Fellowship awards for Bangladesh may not be deferred or extended beyond September 30, 2017.

Research Fellows will carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research as identified by the RESOLVE Network Secretariat. They are expected to devote the time and attention required to meet the deliverables outlined in the award contracts, maintain regular contact with their mentors, and provide periodic reports to RESOLVE Network staff.

Research Fellows are required to participate in either a research workshop on January 15, 2017, or a research seminar in Summer 2017, both of which will occur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ideally, Research Fellows will attend both events. The RESOLVE Network will bring the Research Fellows to the United States for additional training and to present their research findings in collaboration with their mentors at the RESOLVE Network’s annual Fall Forum in September 2017 at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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If you have additional questions or would like further information about the fellowship program, please contact research@resolvenet.org.