PEDL Research Grants for PhD Students in Low Income Countries

PEDL Research Grants for PhD Students in Low Income Countries

PEDL Research Grants for PhD Students in Low Income Countries

The Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) has announced a Special ERG Call for Proposals from PhD Students.

A key goal of the ERG programme is to encourage research on issues related to private enterprise development in low-income countries by young scholars.

To date, the ERG programme has funded more than 170 projects, many of which have involved research carried out by PhD students.

The PEDL programme pursues a research agenda that aims to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in low-income countries (LICs).

Existing research suggests that the private sector in LICs faces a multitude of constraints that act upon each other.


The objective of PEDL is to fund cutting-edge, policy-oriented research that could be published in leading academic journals and be relevant to the policy dialogue in LICs.

It will promote research related to private enterprises of all sizes and invites applications in any aspect of private sector development, with a particular emphasis on PEDL’s four priority research areas:

  • Market frictions, management and organizations
  • Trade and macro models - agglomeration and spatial location of firms
  • High growth entrepreneurship
  • Social compliance and the environment.


    They also particularly encourage proposals that address one or more of PEDL’s three cross-cutting themes:

  • Fragile and conflict affected states
  • Gender
  • Unlocking data for understanding markets and firms

    ERGs are designed to allow researchers to:

  • Explore new approaches to the study of firms in LICs; and
  • To develop new (or build on) existing sources of data on firms in LICs.

    Funding Information

  • ERGs are grants of between £10,000 and £40,000.
  • ERG projects typically run for 12 months.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD programme to be eligible for this special call.

    The proposed research should form at least part of the student’s planned doctoral dissertation.

  • Only individuals can apply for a PEDL Exploratory Grant.
  • PEDL Exploratory Grants will be issued through a contract between CEPR and the successful applicant directly. In exceptional circumstances, a contract with an institution can be issued, but the contract will be non-negotiable, and the institution cannot take any overheads.

    This applies also to Doctoral students.

  • You may apply as a team, but only one researcher should submit the proposal as the representative of the team.

    That individual will be the named individual on the contract and will be responsible for the project implementation, should it be successful.

  • PhD students are eligible to apply to any ERG funding round, they are issuing a special call exclusively for PhD students in order to encourage broader participation in the programme.

    Apply by 15th June.

    For more information and application details, see; PEDL Research Grants for PhD Students in Low Income Countries

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