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November 2016

Two GDI researchers awarded ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund grants

(3 November 2016)

Dr Mathilde Maitrot and Dr Fortunate Machingura, both Global Development Institute alumni, have been awarded ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) grants. The two have been awarded over £185,000 to continue their research at Manchester. The GDI’s researchers won two of the five awards, and two out of Manchester’s three successful bids.  

Mathilde completed her PhD in February 2014 on the social performance of microfinance institutions in rural Bangladesh. Fortunate's PhD on people living with HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe was awarded in September 2016. 

The ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme provides a career development opportunity for those at a relatively early stage of their academic career who can demonstrate great potential in social science research, with an international development focus. These awards form a key part of ESRC’s strategy to achieve the aims of GCRF and to promote excellence in UK social science capacity-building.