Q: Where can I find the P4P Grant information packs, application forms and budget templates?
A: These can all be found on our website.
Q: How can I improve my chances of getting a P4P Grant?
A: P4P Grants are awarded to excellent research projects that include the following elements:

  1. A focus on the relationship between parliaments, parliamentarians/politicians and people
  2. Integration of arts and humanities approaches/methods – e.g., disciplines like history and anthropology, and/or the creative arts
  3. Ensuring that people who do not usually get access to grants have significant roles in the project
  4. Clearly setting out your research questions and the methods you will use to address them
  5. Ensuring that research is at the core of the proposal (rather than training, development or advocacy)
  6. Writing a clearly written proposal
Q: I’m not an academic. Can I still apply for a P4P grant?
A: Absolutely! Our P4P grants help support a wide range of artists and activists, as well as academics, who are interested in exploring the relationships between people and parliaments in Ethiopia and Myanmar.
Q: What exactly are arts and humanities methodologies?
A. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK provides an interesting and useful resource for understanding arts and humanities methodologies. You can also learn more about the range of arts and humanities approaches that our P4P grantees use.
Q: Why do I need to provide a Summary – what should this section contain?
A: A good summary is like a good elevator pitch – it is your chance to create a strong first impression. You should use it to communicate what is compelling and unique about your proposed research – what are your focus, aims, methods, and intended outputs? And why is this research necessary – does it fill a gap in knowledge? Have changing conditions made it a timely and urgent? It is always a good idea to ask somebody to review your Summary, so you can check it is clear and concise.
Q: Do I need to pay attention to section headings?
A: Yes. All applications must meet set criteria, and we have provided section headings to help you do this. It is also worth noting that the headings have been put together by experienced scholars to help you develop a well-articulated, structured, and clear narrative. We therefore strongly recommend that you use these as guides when putting together your application.
Q: How many outputs should my research have?
A: There is no particular number of outputs that we expect. You can plan a range of academic and creative publications, events, performances or products for different audiences; but you need to commit to at least one scholarly output. It is far more important to us that you are able to deliver research and outputs that are realistic – based on the funding amount you are applying for, your resources, and the time-span of the project. We want to help you achieve the best quality research possible.
Q: What if I need more space than the application form allows?
A: We receive a high number of applications every month, and would therefore ask that you keep within the word limits. Identify the most important elements of your research, and set them out in a structured and succinct way. If we need further information in order to assess your application, we will ask you for this.
Q: I am thinking of applying for a large grant; do I have to partner with a UK organisation?
A: The AHRC requires that our large P4P grants should be collaborative efforts which bring together organisations in Myanmar or Ethiopia with a UK partner. We are committed to the idea of equitable partnerships in which all partners are demonstrably and actively involved in the design and implementation of the project.
Q: Why do we need a UK organisation involved for large grants?
A: The involvement of a UK organisation in large grants is a funder requirement which we as a programme have to comply with. We are happy to guide you in any further questions you have regarding this. Please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected]
Q: We are an organisation based in Myanmar/Ethiopia; are we eligible to apply for a large grant?
A: We positively encourage applications from people and organisations based in Myanmar and Ethiopia, particularly those who would not normally have access to research funding.
Q: What language should my outputs be in? Do I need to translate them?
A: The outputs of your research can be in any language. The technical report at the end of the project, however, needs to be in English. Should you wish to translate the outputs in to another language, you may want to include an estimate cost for translation in your budget.
Q: How many applications can a person be in?
A: You can only be lead researcher, i.e., Principal Investigator – ‘PI’ on one P4P Grant project at a time. You may apply to be the PI for another research project once all deliverables and reporting is completed on your first one. It is possible, however, to be involved in multiple research projects at the same time if you are the lead researcher in only one of them, and have a different role in the other(s), e.g., as Co-Investigator or Named Researcher.
Q: Can the research be linked to my academic study?
A: Unfortunately, this research funding cannot be linked to academic studies such as Masters or PhD programme.
Q: What budget template should we use when making our application? Can we use an excel spreadsheet?
A: For small grant applications you may use either an excel spreadsheet or the table that is provided in the application form. For medium and large grants you are required to use a special budgeting template which we have provided for your ease and which will ensure your application can be assessed in a timely manner.
Q: Can we use another exchange rate calculator website?
A: For uniformity across our grant projects and to help us check exchange rates while reviewing the grant applications, we ask you to use this website to search for exchange rates. This website also provides historical rates which allows us to check at a later stage as well.
Q: Can we copy our budget table in to the ‘Budget Justification’ section of the grant application form?
A: No. The budget justification must explain the thinking behind the costs you have provided in the budget. For example, if you have costed for tents in your budget, you need to tell us why this is necessary. In this way, we can help ensure that you are budgeting realistically and sufficiently for the research you are planning to undertake.