ILO “From Research to Action” (RTA) Project Fellowship 2021/2022 for Junior Researchers (Up to $18,000)

ILO “From Research to Action” (RTA) Project Fellowship 2021/2022 for Junior Researchers (Up to $18,000)

Deadline: April 16, 2021

Applications for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) “From Research to Action” (RTA) Project Fellowship 2021/2022 are now open. The “From Research to Action” (RTA) project aims at accelerating the use of rigorous research by policymakers and practitioners in support to efforts to tackle child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking around the world.

To safeguard the rights of all workers, including migrant workers, this project commits to engage researchers and promote new interest to strengthen the evidence base for achieving SDG 8.7.

The RTA project will award three Policy Research Fellows to address knowledge gaps in the field of child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking. The fellowship will build capacity and promote collaboration between skilled and early career researcher. The project start date is within the first month of the award date and subject to funds availability and the approval of extension of the RTA project by the Donor.


  • Each fellow will be awarded up to US$18,000 for the period of 12 months.


  • Open to individuals who have recently obtained a PhD, currently enrolled a PhD program, or hold a master’s degree with five years of relevant research and teaching experience in a variety of disciplines – such as, but not limited to, anthropology, child development, economics, health, public policy, psychology, sociology, gender studies and statistics – in rigorous research of direct relevance for policies relating to child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking;
  • Are affiliated with a university or research institute.
  • Open to candidates of all nationalities.

The Fellow(s) require a combination of the following skills and experience:

  • Advanced training in either quantitative or qualitative research methodology demonstrating either:
    • A sound grasp of economic and statistical theory and their application to practical policy issues or;
    • A sound background in qualitative research, such as comparative case studies;
  • Ability to analyse data and information and to solve problems;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Ability to communicate complex technical ideas to non-specialists, verbally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the subject matter of this fellowship;
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines;
  • Motivated to seize the opportunities of this fellowship, become an active member of the hosting university or research institute;
  • Ability to think creatively about complex foreign policy ideas to come up with interesting and unique article topics;
  • Willingness to learn and accept advice.


The complete package must include:

  • A cover Letter summarizing the applicant’s experience and motivations;
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • A recommendation letter from the proposed supervisor;
  • Letter from the university or research institution stating their willingness in hosting the fellow;
  • A research proposal of 3-5 pages specifying the objectives of the work, the methodology, and its relevance in the field of child labour, forced labour, or human trafficking;
  • A publication record or up to 3 academic writing samples on research areas related to this call.

Applicants must complete the online application form in English and send the above documents in one PDF document to [email protected] with the subject title “RTA fellowship application, [Last name], [first name]”.

For more information, visit ILO Fellowship.