STEG Newsletter - November 2022

Dear All,

STEG is getting ready for 2023 with our annual conference upcoming and the latest funding calls taking us into the new year.

The Sixth Small Research Grants Call & Fifth PhD Research Grants Call are now open and will close 3 January. Find out how to apply below.

Submissions for the Conference on Structural Transformation, Growth, and Economic Development are under review. STEG's third annual conference will take place 1-3 February 2023.

Dani Rodrik presented Growth Miracles and Disappointments through the Lens of Structural Change as the STEG Special Lecture 2022 on 9 November! Check out the recording below!

The STEG Working Paper Series has released eight more papers this November! Find more details on the STEG website and in our biweekly working paper newsletters.

Proposals from the Third & Fourth Ideas for Transformation CallFifth Small Research Grants CallFourth PhD Research Grants Call, and Third Larger Research Grants Call are currently under evaluation.

Lastly, don't forget to get all the dates for upcoming calls and events in your calendar!


The STEG Team

Sixth Small Research Grants Call and Fifth PhD Research Grants Call

Open Now - Deadline: 3 January

STEG invites applications to the sixth call for proposals for Small Research Grants and fifth call for proposals for PhD Research Grants.

SRGs of between £10,000 and £25,000 can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and potentially research stipends/teaching buyouts. Grants also support travel to field sites, even when secondary data is utilised. We view this kind of travel (with the possibilities for field visits and conversations with policymakers) as particularly important for researchers who lack prior experience in the countries that they intend to study.

While PhD students are eligible to apply to our Small Research Grant calls, we are also issuing a special call exclusively for PhD students in order to encourage broader participation in the programme. PhD Research Grants up to £15,000 are essentially equivalent to SRGs and fund similar activities.

We aim to issue funding decisions within three months of call deadlines. Grants are intended to be completed within 12 months.

We strongly recommend that prospective applicants read the SRG documentation about eligibilitycountry criteriapreparing an applicationhow to apply online and the SRG Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

Conference on Structural Transformation, Growth, and Economic Development

Applications to present at the conference are now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted papers by 21 November. Submissions are currently under review and we will return decisions by latest Friday 23 December.

STEG's third annual conference will be held on Thursday 2 February and Friday 3 February, in the London School of Economics. This year’s conference is organised jointly with the International Growth Centre (IGC), in recognition of the overlapping communities and interest areas of the two programmes.

The conference will take place in-person by invitation only, with presentations streamed to a broader external audience. In addition, STEG and the IGC will co-host an add-on workshop on Wednesday 1 February, jointly organised with the Private Sector Development Research Network (PSDRN), a research community curated by development finance institutions (DFIs).

Details on how to register to attend the conference virtually will be released in the coming weeks.

Find more information on the structure of the conference here.

STEG Special Lecture 2022 - Recording Available Now

Growth Miracles and Disappointments through the Lens of Structural Change

We hope you were able to join us for STEG's third special lecture on Wednesday 9 November as part of our research initiative to better understand structural change, productivity, and growth in low- and middle-income countries.

This year, we welcomed Dani Rodrik (Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard University) who gave an engaging talk under the title Growth Miracles and Disappointments through the Lens of Structural Change.

If you weren't able to attend or if you would simply like to go back and rewatch, the recording of the lecture, with accompanying slides, are available through these links.

New Papers under the STEG WP Series

Eight new papers have been published under the STEG Working Paper Series in November:

If you would like to submit your paper to the STEG Working Paper Series, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

Working papers that have been produced through STEG-funded projects are included in the series and we welcome papers from researchers directly affiliated with STEG as well as researchers' papers that have been presented at STEG-funded events including our Annual Conference and Theme Workshops.

Important Dates

Calls under Evaluation

  • Fifth Small Research Grants Call - decisions expected by early December
  • Fourth PhD Research Grants Call - decisions expected by early December
  • Third & Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call - decisions expected by early January
  • Third Larger Research Grants Call - decisions expected by end of January

Open Calls

Opening Soon

Find a provisional call timeline for future calls here.

  • Fifth Ideas for Transformation Call - opens December

Upcoming Events

If you have any questions, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

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