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Call for Proposals: Researchers Working on Discrimination in Turkey

28 August 2023

Producing evidence-based knowledge on equality, anti-discrimination and role of equality bodies

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the Association for Monitoring Equal Rights (AMER) are launching a call for proposals within the EU funded project “Together against discrimination: Building a civil society coalition to improve access to justice for victims of discrimination”.

The Research Grant Program for equality and anti-discrimination has a primary focus on non-discrimination, not only looking at specific groups who are experiencing discrimination but also looking at how the response to discrimination in general can be improved. Research grants will be allocated through this open call for proposals and additionally a small travel budget to present papers at the international or national conference will be provided if the research result is approved by the selection committee based on the researcher applications. Simultaneously, a grant program is running for CSOs; through this coordinated approach targeting academia, bar-associations and CSOs, advocacy towards the NHRIs become better informed and more effective, which will increase pressure on these institutions for better functioning.

The research grant encourages researchers:

  • To produce evidence based knowledge on discrimination patterns and practices from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to social science, law, political science etc.;
  • To review the legal framework of anti-discrimination laws in Turkey and the gap between the discrimination of practices and implantation of related laws and regulations;
  • To analyze judgments on discrimination by judicial and quasi-judicial mechanisms’ (including NHRIs) as well as policies and attitudes of public authorities on discrimination;
  • To produce recommendations to fill the gaps between discrimination patterns and anti-discrimination laws and regulations;
  • To produce knowledge on the role of NHRIs and tools for their effectiveness;
  • To establish national and international academic cooperation to bring discussion on comparative practices and knowledge on anti-discrimination acts;
  • To establish coalition and cooperation between academics and various civil society actors including civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and communities of victims of discriminations;
  • To create evidence based knowledge for civic actors’ activities such as advocacy, awareness raising or monitoring.

A small-scale 6-12 months policy-oriented research for a minimum of 3 researchers for a grant of maximum EUR 5000 will be organized to support academic research. Both AMER and NHC will support in the sub-granting process, including selection, implementation and monitoring of activities. Proposed projects should involve academics in Turkey.

This call for proposals is soliciting proposals for grants to address these issues in 2023-2024.

Please refer to the Call document here to learn more about the application process, eligibility and evaluation criteria. Applicants are required to complete:

  1. the application form, which can be downloaded here (annex 1);
  2. and the budget form, which can be downloaded here (annex 2).