2020 YouthMappers Research Fellowships


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Location (s):

  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Congo: Democratic Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by majority of countries)
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • North Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia


The YouthMappers program invites applications for the 2020 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.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

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

Preferred Countries include any country with a USAID presence and/or a YouthMappers chapter, including the United States.


Deadline: November 01, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

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 student fellow and mentor.
  • Additionally, a team fellowship amount of $7,000 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 2020 (after submission of the revised research plan) and the other half of funds provided upon completion of all program activities and reports in March 2021 ($1,000.00 USD mentor stipend; $6,000.00 USD other 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
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