Restless Development Call for Proposals for Youth Researchers (€2,500 grant) | APPLY NOW

This informs the public about the Restless Development Call for Proposals for Youth Researchers. Details about the Program are given below.

Restless Development Call for Proposals 2023

About Restless Development Call for Proposals

Restless Development, in collaboration with Democracy Moves, has been awarded a grant of 7,500 Euros as part of the Porticus Learning Partnership. The grant aims to support youth-led action research in the areas of Democratic Governance and Civic Engagement.

Over the next 18 months, three small-scale sub-grants of 2,500 Euros each will be awarded, with two grants to be allocated in Year 1 implementation and one grant in Year 2.

Program Details

The youth researcher will play a key role in conducting action research and generating youth-led insights on a specific topic related to civic engagement or democratic governance.

The research should aim to create new findings and recommendations that can be utilized for advocacy and driving positive change to create new pathways for achieving more just, sustainable, and democratic futures. Additionally, the researcher will contribute to the development of insights for donors and partners on how to effectively support youth-led research and facilitate change.

Research Themes:

The following research themes have been identified based on consultations with the Democracy Moves network, learning questions developed with Porticus, and the potential to scale up the research as part of other funded initiatives:

  • Intergenerational alliances for countering the rise of authoritarianism
  • Organizing to counter democratic backsliding
  • Political participation of young people – influence and impact beyond elections
  • Intersectional youth movements – effective support, gaps, and impactful initiatives
  • Local threats and opportunities related to digital technologies
  • Impact (positive/negative) of new media technologies


Research Tasks and Responsibilities:

The selected youth researcher will be expected to:

  • Participate in three onboarding/training sessions to finalize the research approach and design.
  • Attend a safeguarding and security briefing to ensure the well-being of all involved.
  • Commit to a weekly 30-minute check-in call to report progress, receive support, and seek guidance.
  • Deliver a comprehensive research report/write-up that includes a brief literature review, methodology, findings, analysis, and recommendations.
  • Engage in an evaluation and learning debrief session with the research working group.
  • Participate in events, in collaboration with Porticus and wider networks, to formally present the research findings.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: Alignment with the identified research themes and objectives.
  • Clarity: Clear articulation of the research question(s), objectives, and methodology.
  • Feasibility: Demonstrated feasibility

Restless Development Call for Proposals 2023 Application

For those interested in Restless Development Call for Proposals 2023. Open this link to start the application process.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 16 July 2023.

Open this link for more details about the Restless Development Call for Proposals 2023.

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