New ERA's main goal is to provide an independent Nepalese perspective in the design, implementation and assessment of development policies & programs by employing a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and PRA methodologies.

 

  DR. HARKA GURUNG - New ERA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

 

New ERA initiated the New ERA Fellowship Program in 2005 to encourage and contribute to quality research in Nepal.  From 2007, thi program has been known as the  "Dr. Harka Gurung Fellowship Program" in memory of the late Dr. Harka Gurung. Later from 2011, it has been renamed as “Dr. Harka Gurung – New ERA Fellowship Program”. The program aims to promote the development of social science in Nepal and to strengthen the research capacity of Nepali students.

The priority areas for research fellowship are conflict resolution, social exclusion, social movement, gender equity, social forestry, poverty, and internally displaced people. Other possible areas include land tenancy, natural resources, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. The students who have completed their course work for a Master's degree and are planning field research are eligible to apply.

In order to facilitate smooth operation of the program, New ERA has formed a steering committee that formulates the guidelines and closely monitors, supervises and supports the overall program. The committee consists of the following persons:

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Dr. Vijaya Laxmi Shrestha      

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    Chairperson

2.

Dr. Narayan Kazi Shrestha    

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    Member

3.

Mr. Madhup Dhungana              

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    Member

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Mr. Pushpa Lal Moktan              

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    Member

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Ms. Pranita Thapa    

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    Member

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Ms. Sunita Gurung                 

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    Coordinator

In order to select the fellowship grantees, New ERA places an advertisements in national newspapers, radio stations, website and notification send to all major universities calling for proposals from prospective students across various disciplines. New ERA's committee consisting of reviewers and supervisors from its pool of senior researchers review the received proposals. The selected candidates are short-listed who are then required to present their proposal before the committee. On the basis of proposal and presentation, the committee selects the students for the Fellowship Program. The selected fellows are allocated supervisors/mentors from the core pool of its research staff and consultants to provide technical assistance and mentor the fellow through the completion of the thesis. Since the program’s inception, a total of 126 students have been granted the fellowship so far. New ERA continued  the program in the year 2015/16. (Click here for Announcement

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