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Apply For GLD's Short Term Research Grant

Applications must be submitted by 31st March

GLD is offering a limited number of research fellowships for scholars for short-term research on Governance and Local Development. Awards averaging 25,000 SEK will be offered to support research travel for projects related to critical governance issues. Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Local governance challenges 
  • Service delivery as it varies across local contexts
  • Relationship between state and non-state actors 
  • Level of corruption and citizens’ perceptions of it
  • How citizens solve disputes with officials, families, and friends and how state or non-state actors are involved
  • Participation in local elections and political campaigns
  • How security services are provided in transitional periods and/or under weak central states

Please send your CV, research proposal, and a writing sample in English to by 31st March.

For more information click here.

Recipients are expected to submit a paper to be included in the GLD Working Paper Series. Past papers include:


This paper aims to understand whether intergroup contact can build social cohesion after war by randomly assigning Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIS either to an all-Christian soccer team or to a team mixed with Muslims. The author finds persistent changes to behaviours toward Muslim peers: Christians with Muslim teammates are more likely to sign up for a mixed soccer team in the future, vote for a Muslim player (not on their team) to receive a sportsmanship award, and train with Muslims six months after the intervention ends.

This paper views ceasefires as rarely only a “cease fire”. Rather it reconceptualises ceasefires more as particular types of wartime order that can have a variety of different state-building consequences on the ground. These include ramifications for local level conflict dynamics, the development of rebel governance institutions, humanitarian access and the renegotiation of claims to territorial and citizenship rights. Thinking about the state-building implications of ceasefires in civil war is relevant not only for academia but also for peace- and policy-makers.

This paper aims to contribute to the scholarly debates and efforts to understand and diagnose corruption and its societal implications. It probes the ways in which certain informal, nonlegal practices and transactions are driven not always by kleptocracy, individual greed, or survival strategies; they may also reflect people’s desire to fulfill their family and kinship obligations, socialize and maintain membership in their networks and community, avoid gossip and social sanctions, gain or preserve social status and reputation, or obtain more moral and affective support from those around them.

This paper attempts to make three contributions to the rebel governance literature through an indepth case study of the Islamic State. First, I identify the key elements of the social contract that the Islamic State claims to be offering to its “citizens” in Iraq and Syria, as described in its official documents and communications. Second, I present evidence that the Islamic State’s legal system is the primary arena in which this social contract is constructed and enforced. Third, I argue that civilian cooperation with the terms of the Islamic State’s social contract is closely related to the perceived legitimacy of its institutions.
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