WSIS GENDER CAUCUS
Research Program: Engendering ICT Policy
The WSIS Gender Caucus is launching a program of small grants to
support innovative research on gender and information communications
technologies, during 2004-05. It is anticipated that there will be
two rounds of calls for proposals and that the supported research
will be completed in time to be presented on Gender Caucus panels at
the second World Summit on the Information Society, slated for Tunis,
Tunisia in November 2005.
The overall objective of the research program is to enlarge the
knowledge base for gender-sensitive policy on information
communications technologies. Projects, which can be related to
activities anywhere in the world, are expected to fall into one of
the following three general areas:
1. Documentation, analysis and evaluation of efforts to mainstream
gender into ICT policy. This could include a critique of existing
initiatives or the documentation of best practices, including the
implementation of gender-sensitive ICT policy.
2. Applications and content. This could include case studies of
cultural, social and technical perspectives on ICT policy or
political economy-based studies of applications in education, health,
e-governance, e-commerce, etc.
3. Theories and methodologies. This could include the development of
conceptual frameworks and methodologies for better understanding and
analyzing the relationship between ICTs and gender.
In each of the two rounds, 20 research grants will be made, each to a
maximum of US$1000. This total is expected to cover all associated
research costs and recipients would be expected to plan their
projects accordingly. One half of the grants will be used to support
young scholars (female or male) who are
currently registered in a higher degree program (master's or doctoral
level). The remaining grants are intended to support university and
research center based scholars. Projects that involve collaboration
beyond national borders will be considered for slightly higher grants
(to a maximum of US$2500).
Successful applicants will receive one half of their grant at the
beginning of the project and the remainder when the final report has
been received. There will be no exceptions.
Proposals must be submitted by e-mail and must meet the following requirements:
- clear statement of the problem
- objectives of the research
- method of data analysis
- time line
- preliminary bibliography
Proposals should be a maximum of five pages. Proposals longer than
five pages will automatically be rejected.
An international panel of experts will select the winning proposals
and their decisions will be final. In addition to the criteria listed
above, the panel will give consideration to regional balance.
To be considered for the first round of research grants,
interestedparties should submit their proposal to
research(a)genderwsis.org by August 15, 2004. It is anticipated that
the first grants will be made by the end of September 2004.
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