Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development


Deadline to submit concept note: 15 April  2019

Deadline to submit full proposals: 1 July 2019



The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) is pleased to announce the second call for policy-relevant research proposals from early career researchers to:


  • contribute to the evidence base needed to better meet the family planning (FP) and related reproductive health (RH) needs of the most vulnerable in urban areas of countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and


  • increase the attention paid to FP, fertility and population growth in urban development policy initiatives at local, national and international levels.


The proposal must focus either on a single city, or represent comparative work on multiple urban areas, of any country of sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. Eligibility will be limited to citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia currently working in established institutions in those two regions (not necessarily the citizenship country), who have received a Ph.D. (or an MD with some public health or social science training and evidence of research skills) within the past ten years and who are currently affiliated with established institutions in either region. 


For more information please read:



For submission portal click: HERE
(Open until 1 July 2019)


Time line:

  • Call launched

18 December 2018

  • Application portal opens

15 March 2019

  • Last day to submit questions on concept note phase

15 March 2019

  • Deadline to submit concept note

15 April 2019

  • Last day to submit questions

15 June 2019

  • Deadline to submit full proposals

1 July 2019

  • Announcement of shortlisted candidates

15 September 2019

  • Presentation of shortlisted proposals in Kampala

15-17 November (followed by UAPS 18-22 November 2019 for those interested)

  • Deadline to submit revised proposal

3 January 2020

  • Final selection announced

15 January 2020


Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Enquiries:  Any enquiries should be directed to

This project is funded by a grant (OPP1179495) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to IUSSP to support a 4-year project to produce policy-relevant evidence on the effects of family planning and fertility change on urban welfare.