Dissertation Research Fellowships
Dissertation Research Fellowships: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) invites applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), in collaboration with US Government’s Feed the Future initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).
About the WEAI
The WEAI is the first measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector. The WEAI focuses on five domains:
- Decisions over agricultural production,
- Power over productive resources such as land and livestock,
- Decisions over income,
- Leadership in the community, and
- Time use. Women are considered to be empowered if they have adequate achievements in four of the five areas.The Index also takes into consideration the empowerment of women compared with men in the same household, based on asking women and men the same survey questions.
Objectives of the Fellowship
The objectives of sponsoring PhD work on the WEAI are the following:
- Strengthen understanding and evidence of the WEAI through application to other settings or furthering knowledge surrounding a particular domain or analysis of the Index.
- Expand understanding of WEAI dynamics through complementary qualitative and ethnographic work on domains or frameworks underlying the WEAI.
- Support promising researchers interested in gender and agriculture through strengthening capacity for research, fieldwork and policy experience, and to build collaborations with their home academic institutions.Research proposals supported under this call must be focused entirely or mostly on one or more of 19 FTF focus countries.