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LIDC Fellowship Scheme 2014

April 17, 2014

LIDC Fellowship Scheme

The LIDC Fellowship Scheme aims to support new collaborative research projects in international development between academics from at least two different Bloomsbury Colleges – LIDC members (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS and Royal Veterinary College).

Grants of up to £5,000 per project are available to support innovative ideas for international development research that are inter-sectoral (e.g. between education and health, agriculture and environment, etc.) and/ or interdisciplinary (e.g. between political science and anthropology, economics and epidemiology, etc.). The Fellowships are intended as seed funding to help collaborators across Colleges to develop new research areas. The Scheme runs on an annual basis.

LIDC Fellowships 2014

The 2014 edition of LIDC Fellowships launches on 3 February 2014. Applications are being accepted until 23 April 2014 (midnight).

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to fill in the application form, have it signed by the heads of department of both applicants, and submit it to LIDC via email or post by midnight on 23 April 2014.


Applications must be submitted by at least two individuals representing at least two different LIDC Colleges. The funds will be transferred to one institution which will subsequently partition the money accordingly. Both applicants must be academic members of staff from one of the Bloomsbury Colleges (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College). Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria

Applications will be considered on the basis of academic quality, relevance to LIDC’s work, and potential impact on future inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research in international development across LIDC Colleges.  Proposals may be in the areas of LIDC’s core research themes, but new ideas for cross-College collaboration are also welcome.

Selection process

Eligible applications will be assessed on a competitive basis by a Selection Committee consisting of members of the Bloomsbury Research Committee.


LIDC Fellowships 2014 will be launched on 3 February 2014. The deadline for submitting completed applications is midnight on 23 April 2014. Selection will be made in May 2014 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of that month. Successful applicants will be awarded during a ceremony at the LIDC Spring Networking Event.

What projects were funded in 2013?

The following projects received the LIDC Fellowships in 2013:

    1) ‘Development of assessment tools for impact evaluation of malaria control on early cognitive development and educational outcomes for children in Mali and Senegal, Sub-Saharan Africa’ •    Dr. Yvonne Griffiths, Lecturer in Psychology and Special Education, Institute of Education •    Dr. Sian Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Malaria Research and Control, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

2) ‘Mapping the social context of transitions to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya’ •    Dr. Andy Guise, Research Assistant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine •    Dr. Phil Clark, Lecturer in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS •    Dr. Paul Turnbull, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck

Read a blog post by Andy Guise about the project Listen to a podcast interview with the team

 3) ‘Does land use change influence macaque behaviour and interactions with humans: implications for infectious disease transmission’ •    Dr. Kimberly Fornace, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine •    Dr. Julian Drewe, Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology, Royal Veterinary College •    Dr. Martha Betson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in One Health, Royal Veterinary College

Read more about this project  

Find out more

Come to our walk-in Information Session on 28 February at 12 - 1 pm, at LIDC (Upper Meeting Room, 36 Gordon Square). No registration necessary.

Download the detailed LIDC Fellowship Scheme Terms and Conditions Download the LIDC Fellowship Scheme application form Download the LIDC Fellowship Scheme FAQs

For more information and ro apply please visit this link.