The fund will support placements, internships, doctoral fieldwork costs, conference participation, a two-year post-doctoral research position and other activities.


The fund aims:

  • to support innovative and impactful research and policy engagement

  • to broaden access to productive careers in international development

  • to strengthen collaborative links between CDS and other institutions

  • to build the reputation of CDS as a globally recognised research centre


The new BRID fund builds on an existing postdoctoral fellowship fund generously donated by an alumnus of CDS in 2011. This has supported five post-doctoral researchers.

James Copestake, CDS Director, comments: 'These CDS post-docs have addressed sexual and reproductive health rights in India, village level leadership in Malawi, the development-security nexus in Afghanistan, mental health among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and (currently) South-South development cooperation in Zambia. With the new BRID fund we look forward to contributing to wider career development, innovative research and policy engagement.'

Applications for Round 1 of funding are open now.