Applying for Scholarships

IPDET is grateful to several donors and development cooperation agencies that support the participation of worthy professionals to attend IPDET. These individuals are from from the governments, parliaments, NGOs, or the national evaluation associations of developing countries. Each year, limited scholarship funds are available; the amount varies from year to year, subject to decisions by donor countries. Sponsors pay only a portion of the direct costs associated with participation in the program.

Scholarship structure

In 2019, you can apply for a scholarship for a duration of 2 weeks. There are two streams:

  1. Fundamental Stream comprises the core course and workshop week one (15. - 26.07.2019) and will be offered to those who are seeking the fundamentals of evaluation. Providing an engaging introduction to the key and crucial elements of development evaluation, typical applicants to this stream will be new to the field, and likely a couple of years experience under the belt or less. Mid level and senior management who commission, manage, demand or use evaluations, as well as parliamentarians will find this two-week practical introduction a useful one.
  2. Advanced Stream comprised of the two workshop weeks (22.07. - 02.08.2019) offers advanced content for those with already solid knowledge and experience of evaluation. Should you want to deepen or broaden your practice then these two weeks of workshops offer you a diversity of important topics.

Please indicate which of these streams you are applying to in the online application form.


What is covered?

The scholarship covers tuition and full board, which in detail implies the following:

  • Tuition fees, and all necessary learning materials;
  • Accommodation in one of the Student Houses in Bern: basic private room with shared bathroom, the residence is a 15 min train ride from campus;
  • Board: Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two coffee breaks daily during the week in the university cafeteria;
  • 100 CHF in cash for food expenses during the weekend in between course delivery;
  • Extra-curricular events including opening reception, graduation, and a leisure activity over the weekend;
  • Public transportation ticket for Bern;
  • Health Insurance: Coverage for emergency medical care during the delivery of the program;
  • Internet access.

NOTE: IPDET does NOT finance any travel costs.


Eligibility

IPDET scholarships are for those who come from, and work in, a developing country. In these countries, he/she is employed in a governmental or non-for- profit organization oriented towards development, or is a representative of a national evaluation association, or is a member of the national parliament. Employees of UN agencies, development banks or other financial institutions, as well as employees of private sector companies and private consultants are generally ineligible. Some professionals in these categories may have won scholarships through other channels.

Applicants and sending organizations are required to mobilize funds for the travel expenses and any costs of attendance above those itemized.

In administering the scholarship process IPDET does not ask for financial records, however, urges only those in real need to apply for support. The request for scholarships far outnumbers the funds available.


Selection criteria

IPDET considers multiple criteria when awarding scholarships. You need to comply either with the criteria I and II or with the criteria I and III depending on which program stream you are applying for:

I. General Criteria

Mandatory

  • Individual works in a priority country for donor capacity development.
  • Individual is employed in a governmental or non-for-profit organization oriented towards development, or is a representative of a national evaluation association, or a member of a parliament.
  • Individual has not received prior IPDET scholarship assistance.

Conducive

  • Individual is conducting, managing, commissioning and/or using evaluations.
  • Individual holds a position of influence that is likely to foster wider adoption of M&E practices.
  • Individual works in an organization with a long-term plan to build evaluation capacity and where IPDET training is an integral part of a more comprehensive plan.

II. Additional mandatory criteria for receiving a scholarship for attending the core course in the first week (15. - 19.07.19) and two workshops in workshop week one (22. - 26.07.19)

  • Formal training and practical experience in evaluation is limited.
  • Individual has not attended the core course.

Please read the core course description to assess whether this scholarship is applicable to you.

III. Additional mandatory criteria for receiving a scholarship for attending two workshops in the second week (22. - 26.07.19) and two workshops in the third week (29.07. - 02.08.19)

  • Individual has substantial evaluation experience, minimum 3 years of active involvement: conducting, managing, commissioning or using evaluations (provide information in your CV).

Selection process

Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis according to the above criteria. Compliance with all criteria does not guarantee a scholarship. Attention will be paid to the applicant's ability to improve evaluation practice and their ability to disseminate lessons learned at IPDET. Consideration will be given to applications from a country with limited prior IPDET attendance, and where evaluation practice can be positively impacted. In addition, appropriate gender balance will be ensured among scholarship recipients. Last, the number of selected individuals is dependent on the available funds.

The selection panel consists of the current Head of Program, and a member of the steering group.

To allow timely decisions, scholarship applications are considered in batches and early applications are highly encouraged. The last review may exclude those who need a long lead time to obtain visas.


How to apply

There is no separate scholarship application form. You complete the online application form and upload the required additional documentation.

Required additional documentation

If you request scholarship support, you must submit the following documents:

  • Brief description of your knowledge and experience in evaluation, how long you have been involved in the evaluation field, and how attending IPDET would benefit your organization (max. one page).
  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages), clearly indicating if and how long you have been actively involved in evaluation. NOTE: In the instance that a CV is uploaded that is longer than two pages, only the information on the first two pages of the document will be considered.
  • Letter addressed to the program manager, Dr Stefanie Krapp, from your employer or institution supporting your application and detailing how your participation in IPDET would assist the organization in meeting its vision and mission. Your name should be clearly indicated.

Without these additional elements, scholarship applications will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered. Submissions must be written in English. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and are restricted to 200 KB PER DOCUMENT.