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Terms of Reference

The following is a brief outline of the GGG's eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and reporting requirements.

To download a copy of the GGG's terms of reference, please click here.

*Be sure to consult this document before preparing and submitting your application. It is the responsibility of each applicant to consult this document and ensure that he or she understands the GGG's rules and regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive a GGG, the following criteria must be met:

The applicant...

  • Must be a student at Memorial University in good academic standing at the Master's or PhD level at the time of application
  • Must be a registered full-time graduate student at Memorial University throughout the duration of the research abroad period
  • Must have approval from his or her graduate advisor, supervisor, or co-supervisor and commitment from a host supervisor
  • Must not begin the research abroad period before the competition deadline date
  • Must complete the research abroad period within one year of being awarded the grant

The partnership...

  • Must be between the applicant, the applicant's advisor/supervisor/co-supervisor at Memorial University, and a host supervisor from a university, research institute, or nongovernmental organization located in the project's country of focus
  • The host supervisor must be a full-time employee of the collaborating university, research institute, or nongovernmental organization
  • The host supervisor must have access to and agree to provide the applicant with all of the resources necessary (e.g., supervision time, work space, lab space, equipment, transportation, research assistants, etc.) to complete all planned research activities

The project...

  • Must be designed and monitored collectively by the applicant, the applicant's advisor/ supervisor/co-supervisor at Memorial University, and a host supervisor from the collaborating institute/organization
  • May focus on  and be undertaken with, but NOT limited to, a partner organization(s) or institution(s) in one of the following countries:

--Bolivia, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Vietnam, Ukraine, West Bank & Gaza, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, and the Caribbean region (including Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago)

  • May contribute to international development of the selected country of focus and address at least one of the following CIDA themes:

-Increasing food security
-Securing the future for children and youth
-Stimulating sustainable economic growth
-Maternal, newborn, and child health
-Increasing environmental sustainability
-Promoting equality between women and men
-Helping to strengthen governance institutions and practices

*However, proposals involving other themes pertaining to international development comprising developing countries other than those prioritized by CIDA will also be considered.

  • For projects involving human participants, ethics approval from Memorial University's Research Ethics Board (REB) must be obtained prior to the start of the research abroad period. If notification of ethics approval is not provided in time, the GGG advisory board reserves the right to retract all previously paid funds

Selection Criteria

All submitted and correctly completed applications will be evaluated by the GGG advisory board. The advisory board comprises an interdisciplinary team of university staff and faculty. The review process will maintain a focus on excellence. More specifically, the advisory board will evaluate each application on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The significance and merit of the proposed project in at least one of the following areas:

-The degree to which the project meets the development needs of the country
-The degree to which the project advances relevant theories and/or bodies of literature
-The project's employment of innovative research techniques
-The project's prospects for fostering partnerships, long-term collaboration, and follow-up research projects

  • The feasibility of the proposed project and the applicant's capacity to carry out all planned research activities
  • The project's relation to the applicant's personal and/or professional goals
  • The applicant's previous academic performance

Value, Coverage, and Duration

Up to six non-renewable grants of $3500 each will be awarded. Each grant may be applied to supplement travel (including visas, immunizations, medications, travel insurance, and transportation), research, tuition, and living (including meals, accommodations, and local transportation) expenses. In addition, funding of up to $2500 for 4 graduate student travel grants to attend conferences/workshops internationally is available.

The research abroad period must take place after the competition deadline date and within one year of receiving the award (should the application be successful). If the applicant leaves on his or her trip before the results of the competition are announced, Memorial University will not be liable for any costs incurred if the application is not successful.

Distribution of Funds

Eighty-five percent of the grant value ($3500 x 85% = $2975) will be awarded to each winner shortly after all grant recipients have been notified. The remaining amount ($525) will be paid to all grant recipients upon their return and after having completed all reporting requirements.

Reporting and Outreach Requirements

To engage, educate, and inform the university and local community about issues in international development, grant recipients are required to complete the following tasks upon their return:


  • Grant recipients are expected to submit a one-page lay summary of their research project and findings (if available) within 6 weeks of their date of return. This summary will be posted on Yaffle, Memorial University's research database. To see an example of a lay summary, please visit Yaffle and view any of the research project summaries. Harris Centre staff members are also be available to assist grant recipients in drafting their project summaries.
  • To receive the remaining amount of the grant ($525), recipients must also submit a copy of their boarding passes to the International Centre within 6 weeks of their return date.


  • Grant recipients are also expected to prepare and deliver a presentation during International Education Week (IEW) or International Development Week (IDW). Details concerning the time, location, and promotion of the presentation will be arranged by the International Centre. The presentation should include a brief lay summary (no jargon) of the research project and findings (if available) and address the following topics:

-Unique academic and/or personal cultural experiences (i.e., surprises, lessons learned, unforeseen challenges, personal connections made, instances of personal growth, etc.)
-Future directions and new insights concerning further research projects and/or areas in need of development in country of focus
-Recommendations for other student and scholars considering conducting research in a developing country

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