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Due to the ongoing pandemic and the Foreign Ministry’s advice against non-essential travel to all fieldwork grant countries, ICLD will not be offering fieldwork grants at present. ICLD will revisit this decision when the situation has improved. However ICLD welcomes applications from students interested in writing their master’s thesis in collaboration with the organisation.

Studies must be relevant to the role of local governments and local democratic institutions in addressing global challenges and should have a sustainability, human rights and gender perspective.

Studies must fit into one or more of the ICLD core areas of equity/inclusion; citizen participation; transparency; and the possibility to demand transparency. Students may choose from one of the following themes:

  • The effects of Covid-19 on local democracy and the role of local governments
  • Humans rights cities as a response to exclusion
  • Inclusive local governments: creating a new social contract
  • Governing with integrity and transparency: replacing norms that subvert local democracy
  • Local government accountability in times of disruption
  • Local democracy in the fight against climate change
  • Achieving gender-equal municipalities
  • Decentralization and local autonomy in times of crises

For students who have not yet developed a clear thesis topic, ICLD offers the possibility to conduct your thesis in connection to one of our municipal partnerships or international training programmes in one of ICLD’s partner countries.

The Municipal Partnership Programme includes projects focused on a variety of issues such as urban planning, equity, gender equality, inclusion, economic development. In the case of International Training Programmes, we have projects focusing on women’s political leadership, sustainable urban planning, gender mainstreaming, and rights-based local governance. Contact us for more information if you would like to know more about this possibility.

How to apply

Students may apply by sending the following in their application to Robin Alnäs,

  • Strong letter of motivation (max 1 page) to support the suggested activity
  • Research proposal. This must include a background for the study to be conducted, a preliminary purpose and research question, a suggested methodology, and an evaluation of the feasibility of the study.
  • CV (max 2 pages)