ITU—HSF Pakistan Migration(s) Fellowship Programme Jointly organised by the Hanns Seidel Foundation Pakistan and the Centre for Governance and Policy, IT University, Lahore
Since the creation of the Higher Education Commission in 2002, higher education in Pakistan has received a fillip with an exponential increase in the number of universities. With the increase in the number of degree awarding institutions, the number of faculty has also dramatically increased. What has suffered, especially in the social sciences, is the quality of education imparted in these universities, and the excellence of the research produced by these primarily local produced P hD faculty. Hence, there is a dire need to improve the social science capacity of universities and the research capability of talented yet un-mentored younger faculty.
Migration has been a feature of human civilization since time immemorial. The land of Pakistan has been impacted by migrations for thousands of years, from the Aryan migrations around 1800BC, to the more recent ones by Turks, Mongols, and others. In fact, the Khyber Pass has been the main gateway for invasions in South Asia for over a thousand years and as such has led to a mixing of different races, cultures and even civilisations, creating the unique blend of South Asian cultures and traditions. More recently, Pakistan has been dealing with large-scale migration of refugees from Afghanistan during the Afghan—Soviet war in the 1980’s, which has had a significant impact on its economy, politics and polity. Furthermore, several hundred thousand Pakistanis have become economic migrants throughout the world, and especially in the countries of the Gulf with concentrations of nearly a million in places like Saudi Arabia.
Inside Pakistan, internal migration—especially economic led, has been a feature since the 1960’s leading to a large influx of people in urban areas from the rural hinterland. The resultant issues relating to urban space, housing, healthcare, education etc, are still problems the country is trying to grapple with.
In the German, and larger European context, economic migration has been a regular feature since the end of the Second World War. While most migration till the 1970’s was from former colonies of imperial powers in Europe, immigration restrictions since then have made only high value economic or family related migration possible. However, with the 2015 influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees—mainly from Syria and Iraq—into Europe the landscape is poised to change dramatically. Not only will this large influx have an economic impact on Europe, it will also alter its social dimensions, demography, and other factors. Hence, ‘migration’ will remain a major issue in Europe and European relations with the rest of the world for a long time to come.
The objective of this endeavour is to nurture younger researchers to conduct research of a wide variety of issues relating to the broad theme of ‘migration’ within the social sciences. This research will be mentored by an international team of experts so as to ensure quality and depth. This research will then be shared via conferences and seminars with other academics, as well as with policy makers, government officials and think tanks for better policy and governance.
The duration of this scheme will be one year. This scheme will create a team of up to 8 young researchers based on the following eligibility criteria:
1) An advanced MPhil or PhD scholar or Post-Doc
2) Preferably less than 40 years of age
3) Excellent English speaking and writing skills
4) Interdisciplinary research on ‘migration’
5) Commitment to work on the agreed project with the mentor for one year.
During the course of the year the following activities will take place:
1) Mentorship: Every scholar will be paired with an expert (i.e. mentor) in their discipline. The mentor will help devise the research plan, aid in the formulation of methodology, and generally advise the scholar in the carrying out of the research programme. The progress of the research paper will be monitored by the mentor as well as the HSF and CGP staff.
2) Research Visit and Training Workshop: There will be four rounds (one per quarter) of visits to Pakistan in the year by the international mentors for at least one week. These visits will involve research capacity training, teaching methodology workshops and the like. During this visit, four-day mentorship sessions will be held. The scholars will attend these sessions to share their progress with their mentors to receive feedback and network with their peers.
3) Research Seminars: Twice in the training year, the scholars shall be invited to present their developing research at specially designed seminars where senior scholars from both within and outside Pakistan shall comment and suggest improvements. These seminars will aim to help the scholars further refine their research papers and monographs based on the feedback received.
At the end of the year, the measureable outcomes will be:
a) Eight trained scholars in the cutting edge tools of social science research,
b) High quality research conducted with sound ethodology and research plan.
Email filled application to: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10, 2017 midnight.