Research Associates

Researchers pursuing post-graduate studies are welcome to join the RLP as research associates. Through this partnership, they can continue their personal work while benefiting from our institutional resources and services, which include:

  • Unlimited use of our Information Centre
  • Academic advice on issues of forced migration, justice, human rights, specific locations or camps, and other areas of expertise of the RLP
  • Logistic help and advice on the requirements of conducting field research, such as obtaining research permission, handling bureaucratic channels, and accessing our extensive network of contacts
  • Broadband Internet access whenever available

Research Associates are expected to have progress review meetings as laid down in the Research Associate Schedule, and may be requested to prepare briefing notes and/or working papers where time permits.

Research Associates are expected to pay an Affiliation fee based on the length of period as shown in the table below. However, due to limited space at the RLP, we may not be able to offer this placement all year round.

Application procedure:

Applicants are requested to send curriculum vitae, academic or professional references, a project proposal and proposed data collection tools, and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The covering letter should include:

  • Summary of proposed research activity
  • Motivation and expectations from being a research associate
  • What ways the applicant can support RLP's daily activities
  • Duration of stay. Any plans for leave or travelling on holiday should be excluded from the timeframe committed

Important Notes:

  • Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis, so you are encouraged to apply early.
  • Applicants are also advised to organize for their visa prior to arrival in Uganda, have adequate medical and life insurance, and be adaptable to living in conditions of a developing country.
  • Research Associates could also be posted to our RLP Offices outside Kampala including Gulu, Kitgum, Mbarara and Hoima.

Research Associates Affiliation fees

Self Funded

3 Months

6 Months

9 Months

12 Months

Research Fees

$300

$300

$300

$300

Administration Fees

$100

$100

$100

$100

Supervision Fees – Self Funded

$650

$845

$945

$1,040

TOTAL

$1050

$1,245

$1,345

$1,440

Institution Funded

3 Months

6 Months

9 Months

12 Months

Research Fees

$300

$300

$300

$300

Administration Fees

$100

$100

$100

$100

Supervision Fees – Self Funded

$1000

$1300

$1450

$1600

TOTAL

$1,400

$1,700

$1,850

$2,000

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