Young Researchers Program

Future Forum is recruiting up to twenty (20) Cambodian graduates, who wish to develop and strengthen their skills in research and policy analysis to join our 2020 Young Researchers Program. Next year will be the third intake of the program. Selected candidates will undertake research in the field of public policy and receive training in research methodologies, public policy analysis, and critical thinking skills as well as structured mentoring from Future Forum’s researcher staff throughout the year. Future Forum expects that by the end of the program Young Researchers will have gained a solid understanding of public policy issues (political economy, urban planning, and development studies); qualitative and quantitative research methods; as well as policy and trend analysis and scenario planning (strategic foresighting). They will have grown in their ability to analyze policy issues and to devise concrete policy solutions and recommendations.

The Young Researchers 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. Selected candidates will be provided either a full scholarship ($300 monthly stipend) or partial scholarship ($150 monthly stipend); Young Researchers will be based at Future Forum’s office in Phnom Penh. 


Young Researchers Program Application 2020:

The applications for 2020 Young Researchers Program is opening now. The deadline is on 30 September 2019. 


Eligibility criteria:

  • 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 the 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 (e.g.,  university level research course(s) in qualitative and quantitative methods, etc.) is desirable but not required;

  • Only candidates aged from 20 – 30 years old will be considered;

  • In this year’s intake, preferential consideration will be given to candidates applying in the following three areas: future cities; international studies (with focus on the Greater Mekong Subregion); and economy/development.

For more information on the Young Researchers Program, Criteria & application procedure and our expectations for young research fellows, please download the following document: 

2020 Young Researchers Program: Criteria and Application Procedure
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