Monday, April 17, 2017

CPR SOUTH 2017 - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARDS

This is to call for young scholar applications for CPR south 2017. The deadline for young scholar applications is 30th April 2017.
Previous young scholars are encouraged to send papers.
Previous paper presenters are eligible to apply.

Location
 
CPRsouth 2017 will be held at the Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar. 20 Young Scholars from the Asia-Pacific and Africa will be selected to participate in a tutorial program which will emphasize interactive and practical aspects of taking research to policy, and they will attend the conference thereafter. Tutorials are scheduled for the 28th, 29th and 30th of August 2017, prior to the CPRsouth conference.

For whom
· Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Communications and Journalism
· Officers of government/regulatory agencies undertaking ICT policy research, developing/gathering indicators (monitoring and evaluation)
· Staff of private companies in the communication industries working in corporate & regulatory affairs
· Officers in NGOs/INGOs working in policy and regulation
· Researchers from think tanks, university research centers
· Journalists covering communication policy and regulation

Those who have attended CPRsouth young scholar programs in the past are not eligible. Preference will be given to those under 35. Selection will take into account gender and geographical representation.


Content
The 2.5 day program will cover a number of topics such as:
· Policy analysis using supply-side or demand-side data;
· ICT impact analysis;
· Convergence, net neutrality;
· Funding broadband network extension, open access networks, spectrum;
· Sector and competition regulation;
· Research-to-policy interventions;
· Internet governance – privacy, surveillance, human rights online; and
· Introduction to big data and open data.

Application guidelines

Applications should be submitted at www.cprsouth.org by 30 April 2017, and must contain the following:
1. One-page curriculum vitae; and
2. One-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an Asia-Pacific or African or based expert capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region (if you have any evidence of policy engagement, please include).
Applicants’ write-ups and CVs should be in a single word document, and named: CPRsouth2017_YoungScholar_ApplicantLastName.
Kindly note: Late applications and applications that do not conform to the prescribed format above will automatically be disqualified.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
1. Content of application;
2. Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for Africa or the Asia- Pacific region;
3. Quality of writing; and
4. Gender and country representation
 
The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections. Candidates selected to participate in the tutorial program must:

· Provide a one-page research proposal upon acceptance onto the tutorial program
· Participate in all tutorial sessions
· Participate in the entire CPRsouth 2017 conference

Visas Letters of invitation will be provided for purposes of visa applications after participant selections have been made. Participants are responsible for securing their own visas to enter Myanmar, and are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately on receipt of confirmation of their participation.

Funding

Selected young scholars who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low and middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:
· Lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 150 registration fee);
· Ground transfers between the conference venue and airport; and
· Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis and all meals for the duration of the conference and tutorials (28-31 August and 1st September 2017).
The registration fee for young scholars to attend the conference and tutorials is USD150, and airfares will be reimbursed less this registration fee. Participants will be required to cover:
· Transport to and from airports in their home countries;
· Visa fees (if any);
· Meals not provided; and
· Any other incidental costs

As the registration fee is low it should be met personally even if there is no institutional support for attending the course and conference. Please note that the organizers may consider a waiver of the conference registration fee only under special circumstances. Such waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only where a scholar would otherwise be prevented from attending the YS program and conference.
 
For questions, please contact:

Nipuni Udunuwarage
HR and Operations Associate
LIRNEasia
No.12
Balcombe Place
Colombo 08
Sri Lanka

Tel :+94 11 267 5212
Mob:+94 77 330 3519
Fax :+94 11 267 5212
E mail:nipuni@lirneasia.net
Web :www.lirneasia.net

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