The Aegis Trust is pleased to announce a call for proposals by Rwandan researchers, as part of its programme on Research, Higher Education and Policy, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The commissioned policy briefs are intended to contribute to knowledge-sharing through dissemination of high quality research; produced by Rwandan researchers to a wide audience, particularly to policy-makers. These policy briefs are commissioned for academic work that is (i) published in competitive international journals or (ii) published by reputable book publishers within the last two years or (iii) completed high quality research not (yet) published but peer reviewed (for instance doctoral dissertations).

A maximum of 7 proposals will be selected.

The commissioned policy briefs are intended to inform policy-makers, practitioners and academics about research output by Rwandan researchers touching on relevant and topical issues in the field of peace building. Authors are asked to summarize their published articles, books chapters or finalized PhD work in a policy brief format to make it easily accessible to policy-makers and practitioners in relevant fields. Produced policy briefs will be posted on Aegis Trust’s Genocide Research Hub Library section and shared with targeted policymakers and practitioners jointly identified by the author(s) and Aegis Trust.

Applications can be submitted by one author or more co-authors. They shall consist of:

a) an abstract not longer than 600 words (capturing the topic, methodology and main policy-relevant findings);

b) a Curriculum Vitae;

c) where possible, a copy of the original work that shall inform the policy brief

Submitted applications will be examined by the Aegis trust team with support from a pool of reviewers whose expertise is aligned to the focus areas of research. The evaluation of the proposals will be based on their (a) academic quality; (b) relevance of the topic; (c) applicant’s credentials and (d) potential impact of the policy brief on policy-making.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a policy brief within two weeks of the date of the notification of the final decision. They will receive Rwf 500,000 to facilitate the production of original policy briefs not longer than 3000 words. The amount given for each policy brief will be the same, regardless of the number of co-authors.

Eligible female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply and in cases whereby applicants of same profile working in the same area of focus have equal scores, the less represented gender among the competitors will be selected.

The deadline for submitting the applications is Sunday, 25th November 2018. The applications or any queries should be sent to: