About the GDRC:
Virtual Fellows Programme

The Global Development Research Center is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practices, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information, and at scales that are effective.

Current list of
GDRC Virtual Fellows

GDRC Virtual Fellows logoVirtual Fellows are professionals and individual researchers who are working on or carrying out research on themes close to those of GDRC's Programmes. Fellows will be in the network of GDRC and will be able to make original contributions to GDRC's programmes and themes. They will continue to work or study in their current positions, but will interact online with GDRC as a part of the Fellowship (hence 'Virtual' Fellows)

Become a GDRC Virtual Fellow for six months and get a Fellowship Certificate!

By becoming a fellow of GDRC, an individual researcher has an opportunity to demonstrate his or her knowledge capacities and capabilities on a high profile, high visibility website. It also enables them to interact and receive feedback from a global network of other GDRC Virtual Fellows on their work.

How does one go about becoming a GDRC Virtual Fellow?
The 15 programmes of GDRC
Understand the unique organizational nature of GDRC by reading the Introduction.
Email your fields of interest to the GDRC Coordinator (use the form below). What inspires you? What would you like to work on? What would you like to learn more about that would enhance your current work or study? What specific geographical region would you like to work on?
Explore and identify those GDRC programmes that closely fit your interests. Currently there are 15 programmatic themes to choose from - but within those 15 themes, there are also a number of other sub-themes
Now work out how you would like to contribute: send in a paper, write a short one-page note, suggest links and websites or other ways that would enhance the programme's content. You could also suggest new topic sub-categories (within the existing 15 themes), but will be responsible to fill it up in its entirety! Please see the GDRC Submissions policy
Maintain an ongoing dialogue with GDRC's coordinator in exchanging opinions, comments and suggestions on a topical issue.
After a minimum period of six months of interaction, and after having made concrete inputs to GDRC's programmes, a GDRC Virtual Fellow is eligible to receive a "Certificate of Fellowship".

Please ntoe that GDRC programmes are developed and implemented entirely on a voluntary basis. It does not receive any funding for any of its activities. Hence, as a matter of policy, GDRC unfortunately does not provide any financial support to its Virtual Fellows as well.
Application to be a GDRC Virtual Fellow
Date of birth:
Gender: Male Female

IMPORTANT: Most communication takes place online. Hence, cross check to ensure your email address is correct. Emails from GDRC will come from the addresses [ or]. Please ensure that this email is in your 'whitelist' and is not filtered off by spam software!
City and Country:
Current Position:
Current Institution/organization/university:
Research Interests:
GDRC Programme you are applying for:

(If necessary, go back to the GDRC's main page to review programme pages)

Environmental Decision Making
Sustainable Development
Oceans, Coasts and Small Islands
Urban Environmental Management
Urban Governance
Urban Heritage and Conservation
NGOs and Civil Society
Gender and Development
Informal Sector
Technology Transfer
Sustainable Businesses
Internet and ICTs
Knowledge Management
Information Design
Preferred starting date:

Note: Virtual Fellowships are usually for a period of six months from the starting date, but can be shorter or extended longer, by mutual consent
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