CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Data Skills for Global Development Training Programme

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Students from Gazi Üniversitesi, the University of Gloucestershire, L-Università ta’ Malta and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia are invited to apply for the Opening the Appetite: Data Skills for Global Development training programme. This programme provides an accessible and relaxed introduction to the types of data skills most in demand in the global development sector – covering both practical data skills, such as data visualisation, and broader skills, such as how to effectively communicate findings. The programme is part of the ERASMUS+ funded Development Counts project and is designed to open your appetite to the opportunities to use data skills in global development.

What would participating in the programme involve?

Successful student applicants will participate in a 5-day online study programme, 13-17 September 2021. The programme will include a mixture of online self-study materials and live online tutorials with tutors and student participants from all four partner universities. On the final day of the online programme, students will be supported to work on data-related projects in cross-country teams.

Student participants will also be offered a fully funded 3-day trip to Luxembourg to take part in a Development Counts project workshop in early 2022. This workshop will incorporate a visit to EUROSTAT – the EU’s statistical agency, and will be an opportunity to meet tutors and students from other partner countries in person and to jointly reflect on the training programme.

What are the benefits of participating in the programme?

  • Develop new data skills and competencies
  • Gain experience of working in international teams
  • Take part in a fully funded trip to Luxembourg to participate in an international workshop
  • Certificate of participation on completion of the programme

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at a Development Counts partner university (Gazi Üniversitesi, University of Gloucestershire, L-Università ta’ Malta or Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) in the 2021/2022 academic year and satisfy the following criteria:

  • Studying a social science related discipline.
  • In the 2nd, 3rd or final year of an undergraduate programme in the 2021/22 academic year.
  • Available to participate in all five days of the online training programme (13/9/2021-17/9/2021).
  • Willing to complete a data-related team project with student participants from partner universities.
  • Willing to participate in a 3 day fully funded Development Counts project workshop in Luxembourg in February or March 2022 (dates TBC; the workshop will be conditional on COVID-19 travel restrictions and may be replaced by an online event if it is not possible to travel).
  • Sufficient English language proficiency to be able to participate in the training and team projects primarily using English.

How will eligible applications be judged?

There are 20 student places available. The project team will aim to allocate an equitable number of places to eligible applicants from each partner university. Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their enthusiasm for a career in development and/or international collaborative work and an openness to learning more about data skills, evidenced through the online application form.

How to apply?

Students on eligible programmes will be sent a link to an online application form via their university email account.  The deadline for applications is Friday 11th June 2021. Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by the end of June 2021.


If you have questions about the programme or application process, please contact the project representative from your university:

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