2018: Young Scholar Academy

The CPRsouth Young Scholar Academy introduces young researchers in the global south to communication policy and the research to policy process.

Call for Applications

Young Scholars Academy

Communication Policy Research south Conference

1-5 September 2018

Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique

The program includes participation in 2.5 days of tutorials and the 2.5 days of the Communication Policy Research south (CPRsouth) conference that follows. This is the 15th iteration of a program that began in 2007.

If you are selected to participate AND you are a citizen/permanent resident of a low- or middle-income country in Africa or Asia, we will cover:

  • your economy-class airfare to Maputo
  • accommodation, and
  • most meals

Send us your completed application by:

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The objective of the program is to prepare Asia-Pacific or Africa based experts capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region. The tutorials will cover the topics of communication policy research, research to policy process, and policy research methods with the participants applying the concepts to their own research proposals throughout. A fully developed research proposal is expected from each participant at the end of the program. Participation in the conference which follows is compulsory since it will expose young scholars to a range of topics in communication policy.

Those who have attended CPRsouth young scholar programs in the past or presented at the conference are not eligible. Preference will be given to those under the age of 35. Selection will take into account gender and geographical representation.


  • Masters/Ph.D. students in ICT, Engineering, Economics, Public Policy, Communication, Journalism and other related fields
  • Officers of government/regulatory agencies undertaking ICT policy research, developing/gathering indicators (monitoring and evaluation)
  • Staff of private ICT companies working in corporate & regulatory affairs
  • Staff of NGOs/INGOs working in ICT policy and regulation
  • Researchers from think tanks, university research centers
  • Journalists covering ICT policy and regulation


Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, 15th May 2018, and must contain the following:

  • One-page curriculum vitae (please include the name and contact information for your research mentor/advisor, if any)
  • One-page write-up outlining your research interests and how you see yourself contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region (if you have any evidence of policy engagement, please include)

Applicants’ write-ups and CVs should be in a single word document named: CPRsouth2018_YS_ApplicantLastName.

Submit your application here:

CPRsouth2018: Young Scholar Academy Application

Applications will be reviewed taking into account

  • Quality of writing
  • Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research in Africa or the Asia- Pacific; and
  • Gender and country representation

The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections. Candidates selected to participate in the Academy must:

  • Provide a one-page research proposal
  • Participate in all tutorial sessions
  • Participate in the entire CPRsouth2018 conference

Letters of invitation will be provided for purposes of visa applications after participant selections have been made. Participants are responsible for securing their own visas to enter Mozambique and are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately upon receipt of confirmation of their participation. Arrangements will be made for countries which do not have Mozambican consulates.


Selected Young Scholars who are passport holders of, and traveling from, low and middle-income countries other than Mozambique, within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified here, by the World Bank) will be provided with:

  • Lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination;
  • Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, all lunches and two dinners for the duration of the conference and tutorials (September 1-5, 2018).

Participants will be required to cover:

  • Transport to and from airports in their home countries;
  • Visa fees (if any);
  • Meals not provided; and
  • Any other incidental costs