How To Apply and Qualify For Senior Research Grant in Pakistan 2023

The International Center for Refugee and Migration Studies (ICRMS) invites national and provincial universities, Pakistani research institutes, and international universities interested in Pakistan’s refugee crisis and policy issues to submit research proposals. In addition, graduate students enrolled in PhD and MS/MPhil programmes with a thesis are encouraged to submit proposals.

Research Subjects

The proposed research topics are as follows:

  • Education Refugees’ access to tertiary education and national scholarship programmes in Balochistan: obstacles and opportunities.
  • To guarantee social cohesion between refugees and the Balochistan host community, we must raise awareness in public schools.
  • Opportunities and obstacles in refugee digital learning programmes.


Refugee communities’ health issues, their causes, and their access to health care centres and hospitals are discussed.
As contrasted to the host community, the prevalence of mental health issues among refugees, as well as the contributing factors, are examined.
Providing refugees with equitable access to health promotion, disease prevention, and the identification of potential socioeconomic barriers.


The economic potential of startup microbusinesses and methods to increase refugee involvement. Formal and informal procedures utilised by various Afghan businessmen to navigate the system and overcome legal obstacles.
Digital workplace environment for refugees in Balochistan: Evaluating opportunities for the inclusion of refugee men and women; emphasising challenges, gaps, engagement methods, and recommendations.

The role of technology in empowering and connecting female refugees:

Opportunities and challenges.

In the context of climate change, the obstacles refugees confront in accessing basic resources such as food, water, and shelter. The possibility of community-based solutions to these problems. Related best practises for fostering resilient refugee communities in Balochistan.


The influence of media coverage on public perceptions and attitudes towards refugees, as well as the potential for counter-narratives to challenge stereotypes.

Refugee women adhering to ethnic and religious minorities face gender discrimination and other forms of prejudice.
Social cohesion in Refugee Affected and Hosting Area (RAHA) Host and Refugee Communities.

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Refugees and market participation

Data on the availability of bank accounts for migrants, including obstacles and potential solutions. Balochistan’s informal sector and refugee population.
The difficulties and prospects of refugee-owned enterprises.
Impact of microbusinesses and digital banking access for Afghan refugees on the livelihoods of the educated refugee population.
The Baluchistan province’s labour law and its coverage of the right to labour for refugees.


Sustainable water solutions for refugees in regions prone to drought
Examining Coping Strategies in Drought-Affected Areas in Relation to Water Scarcity and Afghan Refugee Resilience.

Funding Specifics

Grant amount and time required to execute the research:
The maximum amount of time required to complete an undertaking is six months.
The utmost available grant for a project is $600,000. (relevant taxes included).
All information gathered and work produced using ICRMS will be subject to authenticity tests.

Submission Method

It is recommended that researchers adhere to and adhere to the following guidelines.
Proposals must be submitted exclusively in English.
The ICRMS Application Cover Sheet must be appended. (download file from the website)
Include Title Page, Abstract (up to 250 words), Table of Contents, Main Body, and References in your proposal.

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The main body of a research proposal should include a problem statement, a comprehensive literature review, research questions, methodology, potential analysis hazards, anticipated result applications, policy implications, potential beneficiaries, and references.

Proposals for research should not exceed 12 pages, single-spaced, in Times New Roman/Cambria font with a 12 point font size.
A concise curriculum vitae (1-3 pages) is required for the principal investigator(s).
Include a detailed timeline for the conclusion of the study in an appendix.

Selection Procedures and Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of five criteria: theme relevance, originality, technical feasibility and timeline for the timely completion of the research, potential policy value, and researcher qualifications.
Only shortlisted proposals will be invited to present in person or via video before the review jury.

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The evaluation of proposals will be based on the problem selection and anticipated knowledge outcomes.
Researchers will be required to sign a contract with ICRMS and adhere to the terms of the agreement.
Outcomes Anticipated and Research Dissemination
Grantees of the ICRMS are expected to produce a research article suitable for international peer-reviewed publication. In addition, the grant recipient may be required to produce one or more Policy Briefs for broader dissemination of research.

The ICRMS Research team will organise a symposium on research. The beneficiaries of an ICRMS grant will be required to give a presentation corresponding to their final research report.

For further details, please visit ICRMS.

Deadline: 28th April 2023



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