The Research Hub

Future Forum is first and foremost a physical space – the “Research Hub” – where (1) experienced researchers can come and work on developing policy ideas and recommendations, network with other members, and contribute to peer review sessions, (2) experts and high-profile figures from various fields can conduct seminars, discussion and conferences, (3) stakeholders can present their policy solutions to the public, and (4) students and young researchers can receive coaching and mentoring as they work on their own public policy-focused research and analysis.


Young Research Fellows Program 

Through the Research Hub, Future Forum provides not only a physical space for young research fellows to develop their work, but also a substantive training and coaching infrastructure to ensure that participants can increase their skills. The aims of the program are to provide young research fellows with research and analytical skills through mentoring them on research project(s); to equip young research fellows with the ability to develop and write policy recommendations and policy papers; to provide young research fellows with the ability to develop research proposals for Master program scholarship applications or related applications; and to provide a space and research environment that enables young researchers to carry their own research projects and publish their work.


Young Research Fellow Applications 2017:

Deadline of the applications: the deadline has been postponed to 30 September 2017  


Future Forum will admit twelve Young Research Fellows to join the program. The Young Research Fellows Program is open to recent university graduates and young professionals who are passionate about policy research and analysis, and wish to further develop their research and critical analysis skills through mentoring and training. Program participants will receive a modest monthly stipend of US$300 during the scholarship program; Young Research Fellows will be based at Future Forum’s office in Phnom Penh. 


Eligibility criteria:

  • Recent university graduate in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Development Studies, Education, International Relations, Law, Economics, or a similar field, and/or young professionals; candidates completing their final semester of their bachelor degree should specify their expected graduation date;
  • A strong interest in research and the ability to undertake independent study;
  • Proficiency in English (advanced writing, reading, and speaking skills);
  • Commitment to complete a one year full-time program with Future Forum is essential;
  • A research background (such as having undertaken university level research course(s) in for example qualitative and quantitative methods, etc.) is a bonus;
  • Only candidates aged from 20 – 30 years old will be considered.


For more information on the Young Research Fellows program, Criteria & application procedure and our expectations for young research fellows, please download the following documents: 


Young Research Fellow_Program Overview
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Young Research Fellows course control document 2017:

The course is focused on the practice of doing research, including the writing of policy papers. Emphasis will be on critical and analytical thinking. The admitted individual shall be given a real chance to absorb the education thus gaining a basic experience of doing research on an intermediate level. The course is designed around mandatory lectures, seminars and the writing of policy papers and is as such organized along three thematic lines:

1. The core of science: using theory and methodology for the purpose of analysis and critical thinking
2. Analysis and critical thinking
3. Writing analytic papers


For details of Young Research Fellows course control, please download the document below:

Young Research Fellows Course Control Document
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Creating a Community of Researchers

Through the Research Hub, Future Forum is creating a community of researchers focused on public policy issues – a network through which researchers and analysts will not only conduct their own research and analysis but also engage in opportunities to network with other members of the network, work in collaboration with other members and, when requested, engage in peer review.


The following activities and opportunities will be open to members of the Future Forum Research Network:

  • Unlimited access to Future Forum’s office space and facilities;
  • Monthly members-only networking events;
  • Matching with potential clients/consultancy opportunities;
  • Access to Future Forum’s research resources and sources;
  • Peer review sessions;
  • Access to training sessions;
  • Partnership opportunities with other network members; and
  • Opportunity to mentor young talent (see more below).

For more information on our Community of Researchers and how you can join the network, please get in touch with us through our Contact Page

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