Please Note: The final three research grants were awarded in 2021


This project will fund eight collaborative research projects between faculty of UoG and faculty of Queen’s University. This research will advance practical knowledge and measures for (a) inclusion of youth with disabilities within primary, secondary, or tertiary education and/or (b) improved community-based rehabilitation (CBR) practices that enable access to and quality of schooling for young people with disabilities. Research should be relevant to Ethiopia specifically or the continent of Africa more generally. If you are a UoG or Queen’s faculty and are interested to submit a proposal, please check FAQ for details.

Eligible Topics

Collaborative research projects will answer questions related to access, quality, and relevance of education or CBR programming for people with disabilities and will address gaps in research and practice in Ethiopia and regionally. Some examples of types of projects this Request for Proposal will fund include (but are not limited to):

  • Accommodations for people with disabilities in post-secondary education in Ethiopia/Africa
  • Educational technology / appropriate technology in Ethiopia/Africa
  • Disability and inclusive education policy creation and implementation at UoG and other Mastercard Foundation partner universities or in Ethiopia/Africa
  • Social determinants of health and disability and impact on inclusive education in Ethiopia/Africa
  • Transition to work, livelihoods, and link between education and accessible employment in Ethiopia/Africa
  • Impact of CBR programming on access to education for young people with disabilities in Ethiopia

Important Dates

  • Solicitation begins with request for proposal is disseminated in May of each year until all the eight projects are funded.
  • Proposal submission deadline is on September 16 of each year.
  • Communication of results of applications is December of each year.


Questions or concerns related to the collaborative research or the research project selection process can be directed to project Co-Directors, Heather Aldersey (Canada) or Molalign Belay (Ethiopia) and Research and Learning Coordinator, Reshma Parvin Nuri.