IPDET is grateful to several donors and development cooperation agencies that support the participation of worthwhile individuals from developing country governments, development agencies, and NGOs to attend IPDET. Each year, limited scholarship funds are available; the amount varies from year to year, subject to decisions by donor countries. Sponsors pay only a portion of the direct costs associated with participation in the program.
IPDET considers scholarships primarily for those who come from and work in a developing country. Under special circumstances and on an exception basis, IPDET may also consider offering awards to employees of UN agencies, but employees of development banks or other financial institutions are ineligible. Employees of private sector companies and private consultants are generally ineligible.
IPDET encourages applications for partial rather than full scholarships. Only in highly unusual circumstances will a full scholarship be considered or awarded. Applicants and sending organizations are strongly encouraged to mobilize sources of funding and make a partial contribution, as they are able, to the overall costs of attendance. IPDET does not ask for financial records, but urges those only in real need to apply for support, as the requests for scholarships far outnumber the funds available.
IPDET considers multiple criteria when awarding scholarships:
- Individual works in a priority country for donor capacity development or meets specific criteria identified by a donor (e.g., works in a partner institution or priority sector).
- Individual holds a position of influence that is likely to foster wider adoption of M&E practices.
- Individual has direct evaluation responsibilities. Involvement in evaluating the country’s poverty reduction strategy paper or equivalent is an additional positive factor.
- Individual holds a position of influence within a recognized and legitimate NGO.
- Individual has not received prior IPDET scholarship assistance.
- Individual comes from a country with limited prior IPDET attendance, where he or she is likely to disseminate lessons learned at IPDET or mobilize resources within his or her organization on behalf of improved evaluation practice.
- Individual works in an organization with a long-term plan to build evaluation capacity and where IPDET training is an integral part of a more comprehensive plan.
Attention will be paid to ensuring an appropriate gender balance among the scholarship recipients.
Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis. The selection panel consists of the new program manager from the University of Bern as well as the previous program manager from Carleton University (last IPDET training program in 2016). To allow timely decisions, scholarship applications are considered in batches. Early applications are highly encouraged because the last review may exclude those who need a long lead time to obtain visas.
How to apply
There is no separate scholarship application form. You complete the online application form and send the required additional documentation by email. This form contains a section where you must indicate whether you are requesting partial or no scholarship funding.
Required additional documentation
If you request scholarship support, you will be asked to describe briefly how attending IPDET would benefit your organization. In addition, you must email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org as part of your online application:
- Curriculum vitae limited to two pages
- Letter addressed to the program manager, Stefanie Krapp (email@example.com), from your employer or institution supporting your application and detailing how your participation in IPDET would assist the organization in meeting its vision and mission. Your name should be clearly indicated.
Without these additional elements, scholarship applications will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered. Submissions must be written in English. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and are restricted to 200 KB PER DOCUMENT.
Applications for scholarship funding will be accepted up to and including April 29, 2018.