2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowships (Fully Funded to the USA)

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Application Deadline: January 15th 2018

The YouthMappers program invites applications for the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship, a 9-month program designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geospatial data for research on resilience of vulnerable populations around the world.


  • Applications must include exactly two individuals working as a team: a university faculty mentor together with one undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in any field at an institution of higher education that has a YouthMappers chapter in good standing, including having submitted an annual report.* Students who have previously received a Leadership Fellowship from YouthMappers are ineligible.
  • The student member of the team will propose a research project and will be competitively selected on the basis of three criteria (a) the student’s long-term potential to contribute to this research topic; (b) the merit of the research to advance understanding on resilience of vulnerable populations; and (c) the innovative creation and use of OSM data in the study. If the student research proposed is also planned to be submitted in part or whole for an undergraduate thesis, masters thesis, or dissertation, the faculty mentor who is supervising this work should ideally be the second member of the team. If the student research proposed is in a different country** other than the location of their university in order to conduct extensive fieldwork, a faculty mentor who is working in and a native from that country could also be an appropriate choice for the second member of the team.

The role of the fellowship faculty mentor is to guide and advise the student fellow in the conduct of their research project and offer supervision of completion of requirements such as the final report. It is anticipated that the student is most likely either enrolled at the mentor’s home institution or will be working closely with the institution on fieldwork; this institution is thus considered to be the local host organization for the project and is encouraged to provide or assist in addressing extra needs related to the research, such as workspace, libraries, information, communication access or other relevant institutional resources wherever feasible.

Both Fellowship students and mentors are invited to attend Research Methodology Symposia*** in the United States, and they will receive logistical support, airfare, hotel and subsistence to attend, subject to visa approval.  There, they will take part in customized technical training sessions, engage in scientific discussions, and share about successful data and analysis practices. The purpose of the symposia is to enhance the quality of the proposed research and communication of results. Participation in the symposium is a REQUIREMENT of both mentor and student for receiving the fellowship. Selected finalist teams unable to confirm attendance will be replaced with alternate applicants.

From 7 to 10 student-mentor teams will be selected for this fellowship.  Over the life of the program, the teams will have the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with the other teams from around the world that will be selected through this YouthMappers program.


The Fellowship will provide:

  • Logistical support, visa costs, airfare, hotel, and subsistence to attend the Research Methodology Symposia in the United States to be provided directly by the program, separately from the fellowship award; other personal travel expenditures are the responsibility of the participant

  • Additionally, a team fellowship amount of $8,000 USD to be used to support the 6 months of research activity, including any and all expenses for fieldwork, stipends, equipment or other needs, paid in two installments of half of the funds provided at the beginning of the period in July and the other half of funds provided upon completion of all program activities and reports in December 2018 ($1000 mentor stipend; $2000 student stipend; $5000 research expenses)

  • Networking support to provide additional mentoring by international experts and to connect their research results with relevant international stakeholder organizations

  • A formal certificate of recognition from the YouthMappers program

Application Procedure:

Applicants will submit a one-page cover letter consisting of the full names, titles, contact information, and email addresses of both team members, along with the research project title. They will submit their research proposal of no more than 5 pages with the following characteristics:

  1. A carefully-defined research question or problem of any discipline that relates to understanding resilience of vulnerable populations

  2. A proposed research plan that includes but is not limited to the creation of data on OpenStreetMap; other open geospatial data may also be produced or used

  3. A discrete data analysis section that explains the methodology and exactly how data collected will be analyzed to directly address the research question or problem

  4. A timeline that can be reasonably accomplished in the six month period from July-December of 2018

  5. A breakdown budget of how the fellowship funding will be allocated; this should include a total of exactly $8,000 where $1,000 will be allocated to the faculty mentor as a stipend; $2,000 to the student for a stipend; and the remainder of $5,000 for research expenses to be elaborated in detail

The team will include two brief 2-page CVs highlighting the qualifications of both fellow and mentor, to demonstrate their potential to successfully carry out the proposal. The entire application should be compiled in a SINGLE file either in word or pdf and emailed with the subject line: YouthMappers Research Fellowship to info@youthmappers.org.  Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged within one business day by return email.

Where merit according to the selection criteria is equal, preference will be given to students from countries served by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Students with a chapter of YouthMappers in any country are eligible to apply.**

The official language for applications, training and program communication in this initiative is English but the research and final report may be produced in any language.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowships 

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