Wanted! Your proposals on Regional Integration in South Asia


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Wanted! Your proposals on Regional Integration in South Asia

Home to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world and yet one of the least integrated. Intra-regional trade accounts for only 5% of South Asia’s GDP, compared to 25% of East Asia’s. Meanwhile, with a population of 1.6 billion, South Asia hosts one of the largest untapped talent pools.

To encourage young researchers in the region who aspire to use their research to inform policy making, the World Bank Group calls for research proposals on South Asia regional integration. Proposals will be carefully reviewed and the most suitable proposals (no more than five overall) will be awarded with a grant based on criteria listed below. An experienced researcher from the World Bank’s research department or an external academic will mentor and guide the young researcher in the implementation of the research.[1]

At the end of this process, the expected output is a paper meeting rigorous academic standards and at a stage suitable for presentation and debate in academic seminar/workshops/conferences. In particular, the insights from the research are expected to be presented and discussed during World Bank sponsored events.

This call is open to PhD students who have already completed their Ph. D. coursework and young economists who have recently completed their PhD (by 2010 or after).[2]  

The criteria for the grant are as follows:

  1. The research should pertain to regional economic cooperation in South Asia, including trade in goods and services, investment and FDI, value chains, energy sharing, etc.
  2. The geographic coverage could be at the SAARC or sub-regional level (covering one or more of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), or involve cooperation between two or more countries in South Asia and other regions such as East Asia or Central Asia.
  3. The research proposal should highlight its innovative aspect, whether it is a new question, new data, new methodology, or a new way of looking at an old problem.
  4. The research proposal should include i) well-defined question/hypothesis and why it is important for the region’s development ii) data description and sources to be used iii) proposed methodology iv) references
All applicants are asked to note the following criteria:

‐ Only one proposal per researcher will be accepted.  A joint proposal with a researcher from another institution or country within the region will be accepted.
‐ The maximum number of pages for the proposal is 4, including references. Font size 12, 1.5 spacing, 1-inch left and right margin.
‐ All of those who submit a proposal should submit proof through a signed letter from an appropriate official at an academic/private institution that he or she is currently registered as a full-time student/employee.
‐ Please note that proposals submitted should be original (i.e. involving work that has not been completed before the submission of the proposal or published elsewhere)
The deadline for submitting proposals May 15th 2015. The selection committee will be contacting the winning proposals by June 30th. The young researchers and the corresponding mentor will be virtually introduced and the implementation of the proposal is expected to be started immediately. The deadline for the completion of the work is March 1st 2016. All nationalities are encouraged to apply as long as the applicant currently resides in the South Asia region.

Please send your submission (joint with the researcher’s CV) to SAR Connect at [email protected].
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[1] Further details on the role of the mentor and the extent of her/his involvement in the research will be discussed with the researchers upon selection of the proposal.
[2] In case the research proposed is expected to be part of a Ph.D. dissertation/thesis, the young researcher should obtain approval from their Ph.D. advisor for engagement in this project and obtaining advice from the mentor.

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April 17, 2015

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Sulakkana Gamage
April 21, 2015

I really be happy because it will be a great opportunity for all south asian students to join with world bank researches. Specially I think that there must be some new policies to keep the intergration within south asia.I suggest that the necessary of a programm which can find and develop the minaral things in our zone because it is very rich in geographical resources..

ashok khudang
April 24, 2015

I really be happy because it will be a great opportunity for all south asian students to join with world bank researches.

Md. Mahmudur Rahman khan
May 10, 2015

It is a great oppertunity for developing country's young researchers within South Asia including Bangladesh. I really appreciate this kind of effort of World Bank.

aye aye cho
May 12, 2015

I really appreciate this effort of world bank. I hope and wish to have this opportunity not only in The South Asia region but also and all regions including East Asia Region. Now, I am working as a short term consultant, as one part of my Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, and preparing to support the education project for my home country, Myanmar. At that time, one thing that came into my mind is -if our graduate students have the opportunity to involve these research and project activities wherever possible, mutual benefits can be obtained for both sides (WB and the country they support including our younger generation who need to prepare for their future. For example, whenever we need to translate the questionnaire, collect the data, our graduate students can be used. Also, if we organize the research team with them, they can learn how to analyze the data and how to develop and initiate the evidence-based policy making. In my opinion, this is also the cost effective way to support the country's HR development.

Tshering Wangdi
May 11, 2015

I am interested but I am not a PhD student. This is sad and unlucky opportunity for me. However, I am always looking forward to write a paper of my standard on this topic for myself as a practice for higher studies.
Thank you World Bank

Ratan Bikas Chakma Ph.D STUDENT
May 12, 2015

Thank you. i want to be research for South Asian region. so kindly inform me how can i join your activities. it is a great opportunity for developing country in south Asian region. so i am really appreciate this kind of effort of World Bank around the world.

aye aye cho
May 12, 2015

I really appreciated this effort of the World bank. I hope and wish that there are such kinds of activities not only in the South Asia region but also all other regions including East Asia. Now, if our new generation get such kinds of opportunity whenever possible, for example, if our graduate students from the various fields education, health, economists get the opportunity to participate in the various research and project teams, they can learn a lot ;;how to analyze the data quantitatively and qualitatively, and how to develop and initiate the evidence-based policy making process. These opportunities also create the HR development of the countries they support.

May 13, 2015

I am a Msc student in final stage of thesis. Can i apply for this program toconduct study about environmental pollution in Sri Lanka.My Msc is about Sustainable Energy Engineering

Muhammad Ibrahim
May 15, 2015

Regional integration is requisite for peace, elimination of poverty and regional development

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May 23, 2015

May I know my eligibility for the same.
my details are available at

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