Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) - USAID
This information is specific to the GROW opportunity with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
See Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-05 for information on how to apply. For additional
information on the GROW program, check the program
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GROW with USAID -
- Partner Agency: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- GROW with USAID is part of a larger network managed by USAID, the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships. The purpose of GROW with USAID is to attract great minds to places of great opportunity. NSF Graduate Research Fellows who accept a travel allowance under this program will be considered USAID Research and Innovation Fellows.
- Potential host institutions: A catalog of USAID-approved host organizations can be found here. Prospective host institutions not currently in the catalog may submit inquiries to USAID at RIFellowships@usaid.gov.
- Duration: 2-12 months. Travel may be continuous or intermittent over multiple years but cannot exceed 12 months in-country.
- Support: In addition to the $5,000 of NSF support, Graduate Research Fellows applying to GROW with USAID will receive a $1,000 travel allowance plus an additional $1,500 per month while overseas. Allowable project expenses include, but are not limited to, travel to host country, in-country housing and transportation, local living allowance, field permits, research supplies, health insurance, etc. The GROW with USAID Budget request must also include expenses to attend an annual two-day, USAID-hosted fellowship conference in Washington, DC, upon completion of the award. All other requirements under the NSF GROW Budget and Budget Justification section apply.
- Application Process: In addition to the required sections within the GRFP FastLane module, GROW with USAID applicants are required to respond to the following questions. This information should be included as a Supplementary Document in the GROW proposal.
- Why do you want to work in a developing country? (250 words)
- How could your proposed research impact global development challenges? (250 words)
- Please provide a project summary of your proposed research as finalized between you and the host. Make sure to specify your involvement in the project and length of the fellowship. (500 words)
- Do you have written or oral competency in any languages besides English? (100 words)
- Other Information:
- In addition to the evaluation criteria listed under the Application Review Section of the GROW Dear Colleague Letter, USAID will also evaluate applications to GROW with USAID based on their ability to impact global development challenges in partnership with the host institution/organization.
- If a Graduate Research Fellow already has a connection to a host institution/organization in one of the seven GROW with USAID countries, or knows of a particular host they would like to work with for their research in other countries, they are asked to contact USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships at RIFellowships@usaid.gov.
- Contact: RIFellowships@usaid.gov
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