Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship- Cohort 4.0


Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship- Cohort 4.0

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Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship- Cohort 4.0 | An Online National Winter School Program | A Four-Month Online Immersive Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Certificate Fellowship | September 2024–December 2024 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning

IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, invites you to #WebPolicyLearning

An Online National Winter School Program

A Four-Month Online Immersive Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Certificate Training Fellowship

Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship- Cohort 4.0

Details of the #WebPolicyLearning:
Dates: Sept (8, 15, 22, 29), Oct (6 & 20), Nov (3 & 24) and Dec (1 & 15), 2024
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom & Participatory Action Research Qualitative Fieldwork

Course Fee: Professionals: INR 25000 | Students: INR 20000 (inclusive of GST)
Early Bird Discounted Fee (till Aug 8)Professionals: INR 20000 | Students: INR 15000
Special 20 percent discount for IMPRI Alumni.
Bulk Discounts can be availed for groups of more than 5 participants.
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IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, introduces the distinguished Cohort 4 of our acclaimed program – the “Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship.” Drawing inspiration from the triumphs of past cohorts, the recent one being Cohort 3, we extend a warm invitation to individuals propelled by a fervor for public policy, research, and legal studies.

This immersive course offers a unique opportunity for participants to delve into the realms of action research and fieldwork, under the guidance of seasoned experts. Through a blend of engaging lectures, interactive workshops, networking platforms, and hands-on exercises, participants will deepen their understanding of public policy and its intricate impact on societal challenges. Cohort 4 encourages collaboration, providing an environment where participants work alongside peers, applying their knowledge to real-world scenarios. By the program’s conclusion, participants will possess refined skills that empower them to instigate positive change through evidence-based policy research, strategic networking, and impactful implementation.

Engage with globally and nationally recognized thematic experts and practitioners, gaining valuable insights into Qualitative Research Methods, Research Tool Preparation (including Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, and Key Informant Interviews), Tool Testing methodologies, Stakeholder Mapping, Fieldwork execution, Research Writing, and Reporting. Participants will delve into the intricacies of literature review, honing their skills through insightful discussions with field experts. The program expects participants to conduct fieldwork in their respective locations, submitting comprehensive reports as part of the program requirements. Embark on this transformative journey of learning and exploration by enrolling in Cohort 4 of the “Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship – Cohort 4.0.”

Note: The program initially offers limited seats, with potential expansions based on application submissions.

Previous Cohorts:

Cohort 1: Law and Public Policy Action Research Fieldwork Program | July-August 2023 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning
Cohort 1 Fellows List and their Research Topics:
Cohort 2
: Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship- Cohort 2.0
Cohort 2 Fellows List and their Research Topics:
Cohort 3:

For Whom

This program is intended for Public Policy Enthusiasts, Early Career Professionals, Research Scholars, Civil Society Activists, Social Entrepreneurs, Administrators in Public and Private Sectors, Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students.


  • Learn from globally and nationally renowned thematic experts and practitioners.
  • Gain from first-hand training on Qualitative Research Methods, Tool Preparation and Testing, Stakeholder Mapping, Fieldwork, Research Writing and Reporting.
  • Receive a specially-designed course outline and reading list from the experts.
  • Get access to session videos for 15 days​We promote flexible learning at your pace and place, and strict attendance is not a mandatory criterion.
  • Participants can take the course without hampering their work life. Each participant will be placed under a supervisor who is a senior faculty or fellow for continuous guidance and knowledge.
  • An E-Certificate of Completion of the Fellowship on successfully completing the program.
  • An Opportunity to publish your report on the IMPRI Insights Blog, which features articles from eminent people from around the globe.
  • The submitted reports will be compiled into a comprehensive edited book for our upcoming publication with ISBN.

Program Details & Schedule

This program offers participants the unique opportunity to delve into diverse topics. Participants can choose topics from a varied area of international/national/local human rights, laws and policies, foreign policies such as human rights, constitutional laws, foreign policies, marginalised communities’ rights, gender justice, environmental rights, disability rights, or any other such policy and law related issue.

Topics with a focus on policy and schemes are encouraged. Some suggested thematic areas may include, but are not limited to:
● Digital Divide: Challenges and Responses by State Governments
● Budgeting by the Local Self Government Bodies for Disaster Management
● Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditure in Public and Private Health Care Services
● Public-Private Partnerships in the Health System
● Implementation of the PCPNDT Act in Urban India
● Child Labour in the Post-Pandemic Period
● Evaluation of Skill India Mission
● Challenges Faced by Start-Ups
● Challenges Faced by Women Workers in the Coal Mining Industry: A Case Study of Dhanbad Coal Mines
● Curbing Plastic Pollution in the City with a special reference to Urban Commons and Monsoon Season: A Case Study of Sector 3 Neighbourhood in Navi Mumbai
● A Status of Pension Provisioning for the Elderly in Slum and Informal Neighborhoods with a Special Focus on Access, Adequacy and Emerging Needs: A Case Study of Shrinagar Colony in Chennai
● Understanding Gender-based Violence in the Context of Dowry-related Cases with a Special Focus on Remedies: A Case Study of Dehradun, Uttarakhand
● Assessing the Impact of Ujjwala Yojana and Improvements in Clean Fuel for Household Cooking: A Case Study of Siliguri
● Opportunities and Challenges Towards Access to Finance for Self-Employment with Special Reference to PM Mudra Yojana: A Case Study of Bengaluru
● Feminist Qualitative Action Research

Program Highlights

Month 1 : Orientation, Qualitative Research Methods class, Research Tools preparation & Testing, Stakeholder Mapping
Month 2: Pilot & Fieldwork, Research Writing & Reporting Class
Month 3: Fieldwork & Reporting
Month 4: Reporting, Analysis & Report Submission
Report Review & Completion

1. Coordinated Learning and Guidance: To ensure a meaningful and fruitful research experience, each participant will be placed under the guidance of dedicated senior faculties and fellows who will be their mentors. Our mentors are seasoned researchers and experts in their respective fields, ready to offer unwavering support and constructive feedback. They will guide you in developing a deeper understanding of your chosen research topic and refining your research objectives. During the initial week, various research aspects will be discussed through lectures, ensuring participants have a comprehensive understanding of research methodologies. Topics will be finalized, providing you with ample time to embark on your research journey.

2.Focus on Interaction and Critical Reflection: Our Qualitative Action Research Program will be conducted through interactive Zoom meetings. Through these sessions, participants will have the unique opportunity to engage in lively discussions, share ideas, clear doubts, seek guidance and refine their research objectives with experts. Throughout the program, the emphasis will be on research work, interaction classes, and engagement with mentors. With 2-3 lectures each week, you will have the opportunity to delve deep into topics with experts including bureaucrats, activists, advocates, and others who have a proven track record of impactful work at the ground level.

3.Fieldwork and Publication Opportunities: To enhance practical learning, participants will engage in a fieldwork experience as a compulsory parameter of evaluation. IMPRI will provide a letter of support to participants for conducting their fieldwork, further strengthening their research skills and understanding. The research team at IMPRI will support participants throughout the program.
In addition, selected participants will be guided in getting their reports published on IMPRI Insights and other renowned newspapers, magazines, and journals. Participants will get a chance to publish their reports at IMPRI’s edited book with ISBN. Each submitted report will be evaluated for quality and checked for plagiarism; therefore, participants are required to produce an original report. The fieldwork at the end of the program will be a compulsory parameter of evaluation.

Please note:

  1. Participants will also have to take pictures, make small video clips of their field research, and share them with the IMPRI team.
  2. The participants will conduct fieldwork at their own expense. The fee does not cover the fieldwork expenses, it covers administration, assistance and supervisor’s guidance.
  3. The fee is non-refundable.

Seize this opportunity to contribute to research and make a lasting impact. Enroll today and be part of the Public Policy Qualitative Participatory Action Research Fieldwork Fellowship!

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Date And Time

08/09/2024 @ 11:30 AM to
15/12/2024 @ 01:00 PM


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