Call for proposals: Establishing research chairs on forced displacement in the Middle East and East Africa


This call for proposals is open to universities based in low- and middle-income countries in the Middle East and East Africa. Applicants must have a strong track record in research as well as community and policy outreach. 

To be eligible, applicants should demonstrate institutional expertise and commitment to advancing knowledge on forced displacement, as well as a commitment to advancing gender equality, inclusion, and equity.Scope

IDRC will support the establishment of up to four university research chairs for up to five years: two in the Middle East and two in East Africa. For a list of eligible countries, please see our frequently asked questions document.

The aim of the research chair positions is to empower institutions in the Middle East and East Africa to define research agendas on forced displacement. The research chairs will also lead on identifying practical, gender-transformative solutions that promote the social, economic, political, and health rights of forcibly displaced persons and host communities.

The research chairs will:

  • commit to excellence in research and teaching on forced displacement, and mentor early-career scholars in this field
  • be demand driven and responsive, and reflect specific thematic and sectoral, as well as sub-national, national, and regional priorities and capacities
  • complement IDRC’s strategic priorities
  • ensure an interdisciplinary, multisectoral, and gender-transformative approach to studying forced displacement
  • ensure a strong linkage with community research, policy influence, and programming initiatives, including with refugee-led responses
  • ensure that the research conducted has a strong connection to policy processes — from local to national, regional, and global
  • collaborate with research chairs in other regions, including those supported by IDRC, to reinforce the collective impact of localized knowledge production on forced displacement

More details

An online information session will be held for interested applicants on April 13, 2021 at 8:00 am EST. Register for the information session here

For more information, please read the detailed call for proposal. Please also consult our frequently asked questions.

Any enquiries related to the call and application process should be sent by email to To provide a response before the call deadline, IDRC must receive enquiries five business days in advance of the deadline.  

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