Fieldwork Scholarships

The Georg Arnhold Fieldwork Scholarships in Projects of the IRC

Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice

Since 2020 the Georg Eckert Institute is collaborating with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) within the Georg Arnhold Program to promote research and activities on education for sustainable peace, to foster the international exchange of ideas, theories and methods in the field of peace education and between scholars and practitioners working in this field. By strengthening the connection between academia, practice and civil society this collaboration aims at enabling research and the translation of relevant findings into practical recommendations and initiatives.

In the field of peace education, theoretical and methodological research and the transfer of findings and methodologies into practice are closely interrelated. However, there seems to be a gap in communication and knowledge transfer between research and practical peace work in both directions. The Georg Arnhold Fieldwork Scholarship was established to bridge this gap between research and practice.

The fellowship allows selected individuals to travel to one of IRC’s field locations and work closely with IRC staff to undertake work which furthers both the IRC’s and the fellows’ interests. The fellowship thus provides an opportunity for researchers to bring their research, theories and methods into the field, to develop new methods or to learn from ongoing development projects and initiatives on site for their own research.

Application for the Georg Arnhold Fieldwork Scholarship

Stage 1: The Incubator at the Annual Summer Conference

The IRC’s research and innovation arm, the Airbel Impact Lab, is working together closely with the GEI on the coordination of the international Georg Arnhold Summer Conference, which will include an incubator session. This day-long session will employ Airbel’s approach to design to explore connections between the IRC’s work and the academic efforts of researchers at the summer conference. Participants will use design methods and mindsets to think through practical ways of improving the impact of their work and/or increasing its application.

The design approach of the IRC uses qualitative field research to uncover the IRC user’s needs, values and existing behaviors. The IRC engages users in every step of our process; rapidly prototyping, testing and refining ideas with desirability, scale, impact and cost-efficiency as the core goals.

Some incubator activities may include:

  • Understanding the user: Identifying pain points, habit mapping, journey mapping
  • Contextualization: Communicating clearly, leveraging existing networks and messengers
  • Connecting interventions to user values: Persona building, moral reframing, linking to aspirations
  • Improving surveying and data collection through the experience of the end user
  • Rapid prototyping of methods to collect data and arrive at better questions

Stage 2: The Selection Process

All attendees of the summer conference will be welcome to join the incubator and will be eligible for selection to participate in a Georg Arnhold Fieldwork Scholarship with the IRC. During the incubator, the IRC and GEI teams will create a shortlist of individuals who could participate in the fellowships. After the summer conference these shortlisted individuals will have the opportunity to interview with a panel of IRC staff, including potential supervisors for field work.

The Georg Arnhold Fieldwork Scholarship

Up to 5 individuals will be selected to undertake fellowships with the IRC. These individuals will travel to one of IRC’s field locations for about 2 weeks, and work closely with an IRC research focal point, and country staff focal point to undertake work which furthers both the IRC’s and the fellows’ interests.

A clear scope of work will be articulated prior to offer and acceptance of the fellowship including specific deliverables and travel dates. The scholarship will cover costs for: field travel, accommodation, visas, immunizations, per diem, and reasonable expenses. Visas and necessary international health insurance must be acquired by the applicant without support from the IRC.

All fellows will be responsible for producing a report on their scholarship, which may be published in full or part as a blog post or other publicity by the IRC and GEI. Fellows will also be required to share work output, scholarly, practical or otherwise (e.g., synthesized interviews; a prototype; field insights report, survey results, etc). Finally, they may be asked to participate in alumni discussion.