Can I use this research for my PhD dissertation?

Although we anticipate that pieces of each large project may be used for student projects such as dissertations, given the collaborative nature of the work and our hope for the overall project to support a range of scholars, the project co-PIs may not use the project as their own dissertation research. They may, however, use components of the research project for dissertation projects of students they are supervising.

What is the maximum number of co-Investigators allowable on the grant?

We require there to be at least two co-PIs on the project, one from the University of Gondar and one from Queen’s. There is no maximum number of co-investigators that can be listed on the grant. Each grant will be evaluated to determine if the project has the required skills on the team to conduct the work, so we suggest you shape the research team based upon the skills and experience required for the research you are proposing.

Can I have collaborators from other universities?

You may have additional collaborators from other universities as co-investigators, however the two principal investigators MUST be from the University of Gondar and Queen’s.

Can I submit more than one proposal in a given competition?

You may submit more than one proposal in a competition (as PI or co-investigator), provided that the content is sufficiently different and you have the capacity to complete the work proposed if successful.

Who can serve as a co-PI? Could doctoral students, post-doctoral students, and adjunct professors serve in this role?

Doctoral students are not eligible to be a co-PI for this research. We would, however, encourage proposals that include Mastercard-sponsored PhD students as research supports and project team members. Co-PIs must have an institutional affiliation that lasts at least for the duration of the proposed research project. For example a post-doctoral scholar or a sessional adjunct professor with a one-year contract would NOT be eligible to apply as co-PI on a two-year grant. A continuing adjunct professor with an ongoing contract that lasts beyond the proposed duration of the research could be eligible to apply as a co-PI.

How can I connect with a potential co-PI at Queen’s or at the UoG?

All Queen’s University faculty members have public profiles listed on their affiliated department webpages. We encourage applicants from the University of Gondar to search independently on relevant Queen’s departmental websites to identify and reach out to a potential faculty member partner.

To further facilitate networking and connections across the institutions we have created an editable google document for both Canadian and Ethiopian faculty members, which you may access here:

Applicants are encouraged to visit this google document to enter in their project ideas and personal information. Please add your information to the relevant chart in the google doc. Faculty members at both institutions must take responsibility to reach out to other faculty members listed in this document – if you see someone with an interesting profile or background, please go ahead and send them an email to reach out (do not just wait to be contacted after you put your information in the chart). You may then continue discussions around proposal development via email or on private google docs.