About the policy case study challenge
The International Growth Centre (IGC) and STEG are pleased to announce £2,000 awards for exceptional case studies that identify and describe a pressing policy problem or market failure that is related to promoting sustainable economic growth in developing countries. Sustainable growth refers to countries developing their potential in an inclusive way that improves social, environmental, and economic well-being for all, including for future generations.
Case studies are brief and largely non-technical essays (about 10-15 pages, double spaced), utilizing country-specific expertise, to describe a policy problem and identify opportunities for research. These might be specific and well-documented examples of a market failure or a policy problem – but ideally the cases should have broad relevance across developing countries. We are particularly interested in case studies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
We accept applications from a wide and inclusive pool of researchers, including PhD students and early career-researchers in economics or related disciplines (e.g. public policy, political science), as well as policymakers, civil society organisations, practitioners, and think-tanks. Candidates from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants will be invited to participate in match-making initiatives with other researchers, and their case studies will be used to inform future research, and be published on IGC and STEG websites. Cases must be related to one of IGC's research priorities or STEG's themes. Policies that address our cross-cutting issues of gender, climate change and the environment, or inequality and inclusion are of particular interest.
How to Apply
More information on how to apply, eligibility and timeline, and country and policy relevance can be found on our I4T funding page. Projects funded in the STEG-IGC collaboration will follow similar patterns. Examples of I4T projects funded to date by STEG can be found here.
We aim to issue funding decisions within two months of the deadline for receipt of proposals. An I4T is intended to be completed within 3 months. Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the return of the final decision, which is also the expected project start date.
Read more about the case study structure and what makes a successful application in the full call for proposals.
23:59 GMT, 20 November 2023.