Research Grant for Work on Child Labour, Human Trafficking, by ILO, IOM [For Masters & PhD Students; Grant upto Rs. 7.25L]: Apply by Apr 16

The ILO’s (International Labour Organization) RTA Project is looking for research work from a variety of disciplines on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking issues. The project will provide seed grants up to a maximum of US $ 10,000 (~ INR 7.25 Lacs) each for a period of 9 months.

About the Organization

International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social justice and promote decent work by setting international labor standards. They have developed a system of international labor standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and dignity.

Research to Action (RTA) Project Seed Grants for Masters and Ph.D. Students 2021

The “From Research to Action” (RTA) project aims at accelerating the use of rigorous research by policymakers and practitioners in support of efforts to tackle child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking around the world. To safeguard the rights of all workers, including migrant workers, this project commits to engage researchers and promote new interest to strengthen the evidence base for achieving SDG 8.7.

The RTA project will award ten seed grants for research from a variety of disciplines on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking issues. The project start date is within the first month of the award date and subject to funds availability and the approval of the extension of the RTA project by the Donor.


The application is open to researchers of all nationalities who want to advance knowledge in the field of child labour, forced labour, or human trafficking. The grant may be used to fund new research or proposals to integrate the topic areas into existing research projects

The grantees will receive feedback on their research from ILO, IOM, and a scientific committee formed by experts and academics working on the issue of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking

They particularly encourage researchers:

  • at the start of their research careers
  • who want to develop novel ideas related to child labor, forced labor, or human trafficking within their discipline or area of expertise
  • who want to conduct interdisciplinary research
  • Senior researchers are encouraged to apply if the team has at least one junior researcher (Ph.D. or master’s student) who can benefit from the research process.
  • In this case, a letter of supervision is not required.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The principal applicant must either have a Ph.D. degree or enrolled in a Ph.D. or master’s program.
  • The principal applicant must be affiliated to an eligible host organization, i.e. University or Research Institute
  • Funding: The project will provide seed grants up to a maximum of US$ 10,000 each for a period of 9 months.

How to Apply?

Applicants must complete the online application form in English and send the following documents in one
PDF document to rtaproject[at] with the subject title “RTA seed grant application, [Last name], [first

The complete package must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing the applicant(s)’ experience and motivations;
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae including a list of publication (if any) for each applicant;
  • A research proposal of 3-5 pages specifying the objectives of the work, the methodology, and its
    relevance in the field of child labour, forced labour, or human trafficking;
  • A recommendation letter from the proposed supervisor (not required for senior researchers);
  • Proof of enrolment or affiliation to the university or research institution.

Research proposal components

  • Abstract: 250 words
  • Clearly state the problem/importance of research/research question
  • A detailed description of the proposed research methodology
  • (For junior researchers): List advisor(s) and provide a short description of their experience in the area
    of research
  • For senior researchers): Describe how the research would fit into the program of work at the research institute
  • Develop a timeline for research completion within 9 months
  • A budget proposal and description for the proposed expenses


16 April 2021, 16h (GMT + 1/in Geneva)

Click here for the complete, official information.

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