To strengthen capacities as well as better utilize research, IAPRI in 2015 will initiate a scholarship program to support Master’s level thesis research. In addition to offering students resources and collaboration opportunities to build their research capabilities, the scholarship program aims to enhance the relevance of agricultural policy research to improving the effectiveness of agricultural and rural development strategies in Zambia. The idea behind the program is to make researchers more accountable to stakeholders in the sector. By informing students of issues that policymakers and donors are interested in and would like research on, IAPRI's objectives under the program are as follows:
Key elements of the scholarship program
The scholarship program will be open to students from all universities in Zambia. A call for concept notes will be published in the local newspapers from which the best ideas from 20 students will be selected by a review committee. Students with selected concept notes will be invited to write a full proposal in collaboration with their advisors/supervisors. IAPRI will then invite the students and their advisors to a two day student proposal presentation workshop. After the workshop, ten (10) best proposals will be chosen to receive thesis completion funding. The students who complete their theses within the stipulated time will be invited to participate in results dissemination workshop with agricultural stakeholders as well as receive publication support to work towards getting their theses published in journals. In addition, data analysis and writing training will be provided to the group of scholarship recipients as they move forward with their theses.