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IDS Alumni Fund

to help support IDS alumni ambassadors and other volunteers we reserve a small amount of our alumni activities budget each year and encourage alumni to apply for funding throughout the year.
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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

What is the IDS Alumni Fund?

A small amount of resources has been allocated to support Alumni-led activities

What sort of activities?:

  • Support professional development of Alumni and partners, e.g. skills training session; invite a speaker to address a group of alumni; a learning trip to a development project/programme
  • Create opportunities for knowledge exchange and mutual learning between places, people and institutions, e.g. a mini-roundtable on a relevant issue
  • Identify and consolidate cutting edge research/knowledge.  This may be relevant to IDS’ strategic themes / research themes, or emergent issues e.g. run a policy/research mapping workshop, produce a collaborative piece across countries
  • Leverage donations to the
    IDS Scholarship Fund
  • Support student recruitment and marketing

Please note that purely social get-together’s are not eligible for funds.
 

What do I need to include in the application to be successful?:

  • Bring together a minimum of 3 IDS Alumni to engage in / plan the activity AND
    • Strengthen alumni and/or partner networks OR
    • Support IDS research, teaching, or communications/impact

What sort of money are talking about?:

  • £250 GBP in Low/middle income countries, and £300 in High Income Countries. 
  • Please note one named individual will need to receive the funds and have an account with an IBAN number.

What sort of costs can I include? (note this list is indicative and each case can be discussed):

  • Speakers / Facilitator / Trainer cost
  • Contribution to venue (where possible venues should be sourced through Alumni contacts)
  • Printing of material (to be discussed, dependent on activity)
  • Transport hire for trips / site visits
  • Contribution to refreshments during an activity, up to a max 25% of the total costs

Who can apply?:

  • Groups of min. 3 alumni can apply
  • Where an event or activity is focussed at the country level and that country has an Ambassador (see list) the Ambassador should be informed and support the activity
  • To ensure the funds are spread equitably amongst alumni, and dependant on the number of proposals received, repeat applications may need to be limited to annual or bi-annual basis

What sort of things will I need to report?:

  • if it is an EVENT, organisers will be expected to produce a short blog about their event after it has taken place, to be published on the IDS alumni network website and promoted on IDS social media
  • if it is an OUTPUTS or PUBLICATION for producing information/knowledge the output should be submitted to IDS, along with a blog for promotional purposes
  • if it is possible you should share photos of the activity
  • you will need to send the alumni office a brief report on actual costs

Sounds great, how do I apply?

Sounds great, but I am not sure if my idea fits and I have other questions

email the alumni office alumni@ids.ac.uk 
check out Indonesia and Bangladesh alumni network success using the fund

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