International Labour Organization Fellowships for Junior Researchers in Geneva 2021

The International Labour Organization invites applications for its Fellowships from Junior Researchers from the Global South in Geneva in 2021.

The “From Research to Action” (RTA) project aims at accelerating the use of rigorous research by policymakers and practitioners in support of 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 interests 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. It will build capacity and promote collaboration between skilled and early career researchers.

Worth of Award

Each fellow of the International Labour Organization Fellowships will be awarded up to US$18,000 for a period of 12 months.


  • Applications are particularly welcomed from qualified candidates from the Global South,
    female, and underrepresented populations in the research community.
  • Individuals who have recently obtained a PhD, currently enrolled on a PhD program, or hold a master’s degree with five years of relevant research and teaching experience in a variety of disciplines. They include but are not limited to,
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child development,



public policy,



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.

How to Apply

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

The complete package must include a

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

Research proposal components

  • Abstract: 250 words
  • Clearly state the problem/importance of research/research question
  • A detailed description of the proposed research methodology
  • List advisor(s) and provide a short description of their experience in the area of research
  • Provide information on potential partnerships relevant to the research/data collection (local NGOs, government offices, statistical offices, etc)
  • Develop a timeline for research completion within 12 months
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Deadline: The deadline is April 16, 2021, 16h (GMT + 1/in Geneva).


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