Second Call for Proposals for STEG PhD Research Grants

The Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) invites applications to the second call for proposals for PhD Research Grants.

STEG is issuing a special call exclusively for PhD students in order to encourage broader participation in the program. Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low- and middle-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of the following six research themes:

  • Data, measurement, and conceptual framing;
  • Firms, frictions and spillovers, and industrial policy;
  • Labour, home production, and structural transformation at the level of households;
  • Agricultural productivity and sectoral gaps;
  • Trade and spatial frictions;
  • Political economy and public investment.

However, Other areas of interest may not fit cleanly into any of the themes but are centrally relevant to STEG and are also encouraged. STEG is also focused on three cross-cutting concerns, comprising the six study themes, that are concurrently relevant to various sectors of structural transformation:

  • Gender;
  • Climate change and the environment;
  • Inequality and inclusion.

Proposals for research that address these challenges will be given special consideration.


PhD Research Grants are available for up to £15,000.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD programme to be eligible for this call.
  • Applicants will require a letter of support from their PhD supervisor sent no later than two weeks after the call deadline to the STEG grants team.

Evaluation and Selection

Evaluation and selection are based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposed research
  • Relevance to policy
  • Feasibility and credibility of the proposal
  • Value for money
  • Contributions to expanding the field
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Application Process

In submitting their application, applicants must use the templates provided by STEG for the proposal and budget alongside the following material

  • Project title
  • Project abstract
  • Contact details and CVs for all investigators
  • Proposal of three to five pages (references and appendix not included), single-spaced, in PDF format. 

To apply, click here.

Deadline: January 09, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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