Research Capacity Development Program

There is a burgeoning interest in strategies to enhance research capacity building for young professionals in developing countries. Research capacity building has been defined as a process of developing sustainable abilities and skills enabling individuals and organizations to perform high-quality research, or a process of individual and institutional development that leads to higher levels of skills and greater ability to perform useful research [1].

Youth As Researchers is a concept developed by the UNESCO Chairs at National University of Ireland (Galway) and Penn State University. UNESCO has worked with youth in Lao PDR and Viet Nam to provide training and support for youth-led research. A publication on the researchers’ work in Lao PDR was available in 2019.

A true partnership with youth as development actors means that youth play a role in every aspect of the program cycle, from deign through research, implementation, and evaluation, even in building capacity of other youth through peer-to-peer trainings. To ensure that young people are well equipped to do this and prepare Youth as Researcher and research capacity building GCFIL USA offers multiple pathways:

  • Master Certificate in Action Research (see more here)
  • Master Certificate in International Educational Project Management (see more here)
  • Establishment of Research Societies within Universities/Colleges/Schools
  • Global Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Establishment of Research Societies within Universities/Colleges/Schools



Global Undergraduate
Research Fellowship

GCFIL encourages and invites research proposals for Interdisciplinary research from undergraduate researchers of any university in developing countries. Relevant disciplines are Education, Health, Gender Studies, Politics, Law, Ethics & Religion, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences, Media, Business & Trade, and Tourism. Each fellowship is worth up to US 100$ to support undergraduate researchers (up to 4 Fellowships). It can be an individual or group Proposal.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements-

1. The applicant must be aged from 18 to 25.
2. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in any UGC-approved university.
3. Those who have already started any research project will get special preference.

Application Deadline: TBA

The research should focus on critical issues related to your field and recommend possible solutions for the future. For any clarification, please contact-

Submission of Applications: Interested students are requested to submit applications, including a short research proposal (maximum two pages in English/Bangla) and a copy of National ID. Email the documents with a proper cover letter at The subject line must be “GCFIL Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2023”.