STEG Newsletter - September 2023

Dear All,

The changing seasons saw the closing and opening of many STEG opportunities. For researchers in the South, we hope that the new season has arrived and brought with it optimism for the remainder of 2023. For researchers in the North, we hope that beginning of term time, teaching or 'fall' has been fruitful.

September saw the closing of the Fourth call for Large Research Grant call as well as the the call for papers for our Annual Conference week in January. We received a hearty number of applications for both opportunities and are in the throws of the evaluation process.

If you missed these calls, we're pleased to let you know that our Seventh Small Research Grant Call and Sixth PhD Grant Call have just opened! You can find more information on these calls below. 

Since our last newsletter we have featured research on the effects of Global Value Chain (GVC) integration on job creation in sub-Saharan Africa, the effects of global mineral prices on urbanisation and industry structure in 76 countries, the effects of job search platforms on female labour outcomes in developing countries, and much much more! Find these new papers below and browse our growing publications library. 

Another September happening included an insightful keynote address from STEG Theme 2 Leader, Rachel Ngai, on "Women at Work in the course of Structural Transformation" at the Annual Central Bank Conference on Development Economics in MENA. Find the full details below. 

The STEG Team

Seventh Small Research (SRG) Grant Call and Sixth PhD Research Grant Call

DEADLINE: Monday, 6th November 2023 


STEG invites applications to the Seventh SRG and Sixth PhD Grant calls. These will be the final SRG and PhD calls under the current STEG programme.

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 SRG calls, we also issue a special call exclusively for PhD students alongside our SRG calls 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.

🔎Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of the STEG themes. 

🌍 We are particularly interested in research on sub-Saharan Africa, but research in middle-income countries will be considered if it informs growth processes or policies in low-income countries.

💡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.

You can find more information on the STEG Website. The deadline for applications is Monday, 6 November 2023!

STEG Working Paper Series: NEW PAPERS

Below are three new papers have been published under the STEG Working Paper Series! Check them out below:

We also had two updated working papers to share with the STEG Audience:

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.

The series is circulated widely through STEG’s network of researchers and policymakers in order that the results of the research receive thorough professional scrutiny and reach the hands of policymakers more quickly.

We look forward to collating more high-quality research under the STEG Working Paper Series as the STEG programme, and the research field more widely, progresses.

New STEG Project Policy Briefs

Here are two new STEG Policy Project Briefs from PhD Grant 798 and 527:

STEG Policy Briefs distil results and lessons from STEG-funded projects and longer synthesis papers into shorter non-technical articles that are easily accessible and quickly digested.  Policy briefs will be circulated widely through STEG’s network of policymakers and other stakeholders in order that the results and lessons from STEG-funded research can be incorporated into policymaking decisions more quickly.

Talk by Rachel Ngai 

On day two of the Annual Central Bank Conference on Development Economics in the Middle East and North Africa Rachel Ngai (Imperial College London and LSE) gave Keynote Lecture III: Women at Work in the course of Structural Transformation. Rachel is one of our STEG research Theme 2 leaders. 

🎥 Find the recorded talk here: 

 Bank Al-Maghrib/The World Bank: Annual Central Bank conference - YouTube (from 00:09:30 to 01:26:00 in the video)

📚 Programme, slides and papers here
Read more about STG Research theme 2 here

Revisiting Research

We invite you to revisit this STEG synthesis paper by Mary Hallward-Driemeier as a useful synthesis of recent structural transformation and economic growth literature and its application to Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the post-COVID world.

Structural Transformation and Economic Growth: 10 Policy Priorities for Africa in the Post-COVID World | STEG (

Important Dates

Calls Accepting Applications 

  • Seventh Small Research Grant Call - closing 6 November 
  • Sixth PhD Research Grants Call - closing 6 November 

Calls Under Evaluation

  • Fourth Large Research Grant Call - decisions expected in December 
  • STEG Annual Conference and Theme Workshops Call - selected applicants to be informed in mid-October

Future Call Timeline

  • Fifth Ideas for Transformation Call - opening mid-October - closing early-December

Upcoming Events

  • 2024 STEG Annual Conference and Theme Workshops - 10th - 17th January 2024.

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

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