Global Development Awards Competition 2022 for Researchers (60,000 USD in Funding)

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  • Apply Before : November 14, 2022
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 3
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 118439
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description


Applications are now being accepted for the Global Development Awards Competition 2022 edition. It is one of the biggest international competitions for development research and is open to academics as well as development practitioners from nonprofit NGOs or COs with headquarters in low- or middle-income nations. Supporting promising young researchers in the field of development research and honoring creative development initiatives with the potential to have a significant positive impact on local communities in the developing world are prioritized.

The Global Development Awards Competition is a creative awards program run by the Global Development Network (GDN), supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Japan and funded by the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD).
GDN has given finalists and winners roughly $4 million in research and project grants since its inception in 2000. The competition attracted nearly 8,800 researchers and development professionals from low-income, middle-income, and developing nations, and more than 200 awards have been given thus far.

The prizes honor outstanding policy-oriented research, support the development of researchers’ research capacities in low- and middle-income countries, and provide funding for creative social development initiatives that aid marginalized groups in developing nations. Each year’s annual competition has a fresh, current theme.

Quick details

  • Awarding organization: Global Development Network (GDN)
  • Location: India
  • Award Theme: Post-COVID-19 Governance – Learning from challenging circumstances to build better governance systems

Eligible Countries:

Afghanistan Albania; Algeria; American Samoa; Angola, Argentina; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan; Bolivia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana Brazil; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso Burundi Cabo Verde; Cambodia Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; China; Comoros; Colombia, Costa Rica; Congo, Dem. Rep; Congo, Rep.: Côte d’Ivoire; Cuba; Djibouti Dominica; Dominican Republic Ecuador, Egypt; El Salvador Eritrea; Eswatini; Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia; Fiji; Gabon, Gambia, Georgia; Ghana; Grenada; Guatemala, Guinea, GuineaBissau; Guyana; Haiti Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran; Iraq; Kenya; Kiribati Korea, Dem. People’s Rep: Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan; Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao; Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia; Malawi Maldives, Mali; Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico; Micronesia; Moldova; Mongolia, Montenegro; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar Nepal; Namibia Nicaragua; Niger, Nigeria; North Macedonia, Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Panama; Paraguay Peru; Philippines; Romania, Russian Federation; Rwanda; Samoa São Tomé and Principe Senegal; Serbia Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands Somalia; South Africa, South Sudan; Sri Lanka; St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sudan, Suriname; Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan; Tanzani; TimorLeste; Thailand; Togo, Tonga, Tunisia; Turkey, Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Uganda; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Vietnam; West Bank and Gaza; Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

The 2022 edition of the competition will consist of two categories:

  1. The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)
  2. The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)- this will come in a separate post with detailed information.

About the first category

This category of award is a competitive research grant scheme aimed at finding and funding research proposals with high potential to drive excellence in research and explicit policy impact for working on development issues in low-middle income countries.

  • Number of winning projects: 3

What should you submit in this category?

Researchers from eligible countries may submit their proposals on the theme “International Trade and Promotion of Diversity” of the ORD 2022.


The Japanese Award for Excellent Developmental Research (ORD):
Grants totaling $60,000 will be given to the three winning projects. The fund will be used to support the winners’ planned research projects to help them finish their researches.

  • 1st prize grant: 30,000 USD
  • 2nd prize grant: 20,000 USD
  • 3rd  prize grant: 10,000 USD

Award recipients will also be matched with a top scholar in their field who will serve as a Scientific and Technical Advisor.

Finalists will be invited to participate in a communications workshop in preparation for presenting their concepts to a high-level Jury in person in March or April 2023 (details to be determined). Projects are anticipated to begin in May of that year. The event will be hosted virtually if social distance regulations prevent attendees from travelling.

Eligibility criteria

  • The competition is open to researchers who are nationals or permanent residents of low-come or middle-income countries.
  • Applicants from eligible countries presently living in a non-eligible country are eligible to apply provided they have not been residing there for more than 5 years as of 1 January 2023.
  • Applicants should not be over 45 years old by the end of 2022.
  • Former and present employees of GDN or its regional network partners as well as previous ORD winners and finalists are not eligible.
  • In addition, winners are ineligible to reapply for three years after their contract with GDN expires.

How to apply?

To apply, follow the steps below.

A- Prepare your application components

  • Proposal template (download it here and fill in the recommended format). The proposal should not more than 20 pages in length.
  • Organizational details (up to one page)
  • CVs of all your team members

B- Submit your application online

Using the GDN’s submission platform below to submit your proposal.

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Guidelines for the use of the Application Submission Portal

Further points to considered:

  • Individual researchers or a team of them can apply.
  • All applications must include CVs of all team members.
  • Proposals and all other mandatory documents must be submitted only in English.
  • Applicants must read the guidelines and terms and conditions of the award and agree with them before submitting an application.

Evaluation criteria

  • Academic quality
  • Clarity of the proposal relations to policy
  • Feasibility

Important Timeline for the first category

  • Deadline for submissions: 14 November 2022
  • Announcement of Eligibility screening results: 21 November 2022
  • Announcement of First Level review results (shortlisted applications) and comments from reviewers: 23 December 2022
  • Resubmission of the updated application by the shortlisted applicants: 6 January 2023
  • Announcement of Second Level review results (finalists) and comments from reviewers: 10 February 2023
  • Resubmission of updated applications by the finalists: 17 February 2022
  • Announcement of finalists: 17 February 2023
  • Announcement of winners: March/April 2023

The Communications Training and the actual event where the finalists present their concepts to the jury are expected to take place in March or April. In late 2022, the date will be made public.

For more detailed information about the competition that will help you prepare a strong application, please visit the official link.

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