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Ambedkar Grants for Advancing Poverty Eradication, Funding Opportunity

AGAPE is an initiative by Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) to fund promising projects that will pilot innovative approaches to poverty eradication.


New developments in Colombia

Paula Casal, Chapter Lead for ASAP Spain connected with colleagues in Colombia during the Summer of 2019.

Having spoken to colleagues in both the Universidad EAFIT and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the group of over 30 academics convened by Antonio Barboza, Constitutional Law Professor at Universidad EAFIT, have decided to convene a follow-up meeting later this year.

This event will include academics from different universities across Colombia to discuss how their respective research relates to “the structural drivers of poverty” in order to come together to agree on areas the new emerging ASAP Colombia chapter can work on with a view to organising a formal launch of ASAP Colombia in 2020.


Job Opening: ASAP UK Seeks Coordinator

Are you passionate about rigorous, context-sensitive and nuanced information reaching the public discourse to inform political decision-making? Do you enjoy a solid project management challenge and can you hit the ground running? Then we’d love to hear from you!

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) UK are recruiting a short-term, full-time coordinator to help us make the transition from a volunteer-led model to a formal funded organisation with capacity to build on our success to date.

ASAP UK is a volunteer-based organisation working on UK-wide projects to address the underlying causes of poverty. We maintain a network of over 250 academics and development professionals who are committed to addressing poverty in all its forms both internationally and domestically. We harness their knowledge and experience to deliver a flagship project each year, including our 2015 UK general election manifesto poverty audit. Now we are looking to expand and hire a coordinator to lead the organisation in this period of transition, working with the governance boards, our volunteers, and our wider network.

The ideal candidate will have experience of both fundraising and project initiation and management. If you have also been involved with establishing an organisation as a legal entity that would be a bonus, as would experience of working with academics, development organisations, and volunteers. You will be based at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester for up to 13 weeks and be supported by our existing team of volunteers. We’d love you to start as soon as possible! If you’re interested please have a look at the full job description and send a CV and cover letter to by 31st May 2016. We will be interviewing on the 6th June.


Intern with ASAP Global Colleagues

Global Colleagues is looking for an organized and motivated Coordination and Internal Communications Intern. Responsibilities will include day-to-day correspondence with academics in the program, providing updates to the GC management team on partnerships, and drafting emails and other documents for distribution to program participants. More details about this opportunity and application instructions are available on the Global Colleagues website.


Become a Volunteer for the Statelessness Report 2016

We are looking for country experts and editorial assistants for a country-by-country global report. This work is voluntary and will be concentrated in the last quarter of 2015 and the first half of 2016. You are invited to apply either as a pair or individually.

The Report: The Statelessness Report 2016 will bring together peer-reviewed country-reports by experts from all over the world to examine how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may affect stateless persons. Country chapters will be drafted according to a template developed by ASAP and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, and the report\’s conceptual framework will be based on a briefing paper drafted by the Institute and ASAP, which will be reviewed by experts at a Chatham House event.

If this project interests you, but you don\’t see yourself in either of these roles, note that we are also seeking people to help in other ways. Email \’more information\’ to to learn more, or to suggest a way in which you can help us

Country Experts:

The work for each country expert will involve supplying information on statelessness in the country of expertise. You would be provided with a two-page template to complete and would be in regular contact with the editorial assistant assigned to your region. The template will emerge out of a series of drafts and meetings, culminating in a Chatham House discussion later this year. You would be sent the template as soon as it is ready. Once you have completed it for your country, you would submit it for peer review. We are planning to launch the report at several regional events and there would then be scope for to be involved in the organisation of an event in your region.

If you are interested and would like more information, please write, with the subject \’contributor query\’ to

To apply, send CV, PDF of one relevant publication and a list of the key sustainable development and statelessness issues in your country of interest with your name and country in the subject line to Applications open until 31st August 2016, or until all positions are filled.

Editorial Assistants:

The work for each pair or individual will involve overseeing the work of 10 country experts on statelessness. You would have regular Skype meetings and email correspondence with the core of the editorial team. You would be contributors\’ first port of call for any queries about the process and would then be required to ensure that they submit their work according to the imposed deadlines, checking to make sure that the work is complete. Global experts will then peer-review the contributions and you will be responsible for feeding this back to your team of ten. We are planning to launch the report at several regional events and there would then be scope for to be involved in the organization of an event in your region.

If you are interested and would like more information, please write, with the subject \’assistant query\’ to

To apply, email, with subject \’assistant application\’ to, including a recent CV and 200 words explaining your suitability for the project. Applications open until 31st August 2016, or until all positions are filled.


Application Deadline Extended for Website and Advocacy Internships

The application deadline has been extended for the global website and campus activism internship positions to Friday, August 14th. Descriptions of these opportunities are provided below. For instructions on how to apply, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Global Website Intern

We are seeking a talented intern to assist in launching the organization’s new website. Duties will include but are not limited to: website work, copy editing, and manual writing. Subtasks include coding, editing, checking earlier work, and renaming files. This intern will work alongside Web Committee Members Miles Thompson and Oskar Macgregor.

The ideal candidate will have high-level IT skills, including some HTML/Wordpress experience. We are seeking someone who is a quick learner, who can follow instructions as well as work independently and can judge when to seek help and ask questions. This role is appropriate for individuals with at least some undergraduate-level education.

This internship requires an initial commitment of three months and may be extended. Work begins immediately.

Campus Activism Intern

The Campus Activism Intern will work to identify strategies and objectives for a campus advocacy campaign on tax justice, potentially targeting private university endowments. In addition, the intern will collaborate with the Global Alliance for Tax Justice to plan and organize a global on-campus campaign, as well as a campaign launch at a conference at Yale University. S/he will work alongside ASAP Board Member Zorka Milin.

The ideal candidate for this internship will have on-campus activism experience and a passion for economic justice. Previous experience with targeting endowments or corporate actors are highly desirable, as are experience with event planning, previous work with nonprofits, and knowledge of global economic justice issues. This role is best suited to someone currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

This internship will run at least until November 1, and may be extended. Work begins immediately.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to, with the subject line \”ASAP Internship Application\”. Be sure to indicate which role(s) you are interested in.


ASAP Seeks Dynamic Organizational Leader for VP Role

Join the BoardDeadline Thursday, August 20, 2015

Academics Stand Against Poverty is seeking a dynamic volunteer to serve as the organization\’s next Vice President. The Vice President works closely with ASAP\’s Global Board of Directors and President Thomas Pogge to provide vision and operational leadership.

ASAP is an international association focused on helping poverty researchers and teachers enhance their positive impact on severe poverty. It now has chapters in Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, India, Italy, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Oceania, Romania, Spain, Southeast Asia, the UK, the United States, and West Africa, with hundreds of members working and studying in universities, research centers and NGOs worldwide.

ASAP is headquartered at Yale University and employs 1.75 FTE staff (two staff members). It takes guidance from a 21-member Advisory Board which includes some of the world\’s most prominent poverty researchers and development policy and practice experts.

Current Vice-President Luis Cabrera is stepping down in October, after serving five years on the ASAP Global Board and 18 months as VP, during which time he led the drafting of the organization\’s three-year Strategic Plan and helped launch major initiatives. He is pleased to hand the reins to a successor with fresh ideas for ASAP and new ambitions for helping to lead the organization into its next development phase. He can be contacted directly with any questions about the post at

Applications are welcomed from academics, and also qualified practitioners, who have a strong interest in helping promote positive academic impact on poverty alleviation. Ideally, candidates will be:

  • Around mid-career or above, with research interests in poverty and related issues
  • Able to make use of academic and professional networks and to leverage academic resources to help ASAP further its impact aims
  • Able to provide leadership inside and outside of the organization

The Vice-President chairs Global Board meetings and works with the President and various ASAP Officers to further the organization\’s aims. Please see the About page on the ASAP web site for information on our overall mission.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and an application statement of 400 words or fewer explaining your interest and your salient experience to Chelsea Papa at Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2015.

Thank you, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas Pogge, on behalf of the ASAP Board of Directors

Ashok Acharya, University of Delhi

Luis Cabrera, Griffith University

Paula Casal, Pompeu Fabra University

Jason Hickel, London School of Economics

Keith Horton, University of Wollongong

Matthew Lindauer, Yale University

Zorka Milin, Global Witness

Mitu Sengupta, Ryerson University

Ellen Szarleta, Indiana University

Miles Thompson, University of the West of England

Catarina Tully, FromOverHere

Helen Yanacopulos, Open University


New ASAP Internships Available

Here at ASAP, we\’re seeking intern support for a variety of projects. Our remote, part-time internships are a great way for students and professionals to learn about sustainable development and support innovative poverty interventions. Please note that all ASAP internships are unpaid. Internship descriptions are provide below. For information on how to apply, scroll to the bottom of the page.


Now Hiring: ASAP Program Manager

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is an international association focused on helping researchers and teachers enhance their impact on poverty. We do so by advancing collaboration among poverty-focused academics, with an emphasis on South-North connections; promoting effective outreach to policy makers and broader public audiences; and helping academics pursue applied research and intervention projects as well as campaigns on specific issues.

ASAP is seeking a talented and committed Program Manager to join the team. The Program Manager will collaborate with the Global Coordinator on overall coordination of ASAP Global, volunteer and member activity management, and financial development.

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing content for the ASAP website
  • Website improvements and routine maintenance
  • Maintaining ASAP Facebook page and Twitter feed
  • Drafting ASAP promotional materials
  • Supporting the ASAP chapter network
  • Overseeing ASAP projects
  • Researching funding opportunities
  • Event planning
  • Communicating with ASAP members
  • Minor financial administration

Desired skills, experience, and qualities:

  • A bachelor\’s degree and strong academic record
  • Past success in administrative, project management, and/or leadership roles (e.g. worked as a campaign manager, research assistant, or operations lead)
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting social justice
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Enthusiasm for the ASAP mission
  • Knowledge of WordPress (strongly preferred but not required)
  • Residence in the New Haven, CT area (strongly preferred but not required)

Application information:

To apply, please send a résumé or CV and an application statement of 400 words or fewer explaining your interest in the role and salient experience to Rachel Payne at with the subject line \”Program Manager\”.

  • Position type: staff, part-time (20 or 30 hours per week, to be negotiated)
  • Application deadline: Friday, April 17, at 5 pm ET
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Compensation: competitive, based on experience
  • Location: New Haven, CT, USA
  • Reports to: Luis Cabrera, Vice President

ASAP UK Seeking Volunteer Research & Coordination Assistant

vote hereInspired by ASAP Oceania’s successful Political Party Manifesto poverty audit of the Australian election in August 2013, ASAP UK is conducting a similar process for the UK General election in May 2015. The purpose is twofold:

1. To provide rigorous assessment and critique of the manifesto of each political party from the perspective of their policies\’ impact on global and national poverty. The findings will be reported in an edited online volume produced by ASAP UK, with chapters written by leading academics in the ASAP UK network.

2. To generate a public debate around the importance of addressing poverty in the lead-up to the elections, including raising awareness of the poverty implications of different parties\’ policies. The Audit outcomes will be featured in the Guardian\’s Poverty Matters Blog and highlighted in the work of several partner organizations.

We are looking for a Master’s or Ph.D. student to volunteer as Research and Coordination Assistant for the project. The role will require you to:

  • Research status of manifestos – pull together past manifestos, liaise with current political party manifesto authors, identify relevant speeches
  • Organise events in January and April – bringing the academic authors together with policy partners, including developing initial briefing material
  • Liaise with academic authors and policy partners
  • Manage project timeline and overview

You will be working with Cat Tully, the ASAP UK co-chair, who will provide regular direction and support as needed. The role will require about 10 hours volunteering a week in January, probably less in February and March, and then again around 10 hours per week in April. Benefits of volunteering include networking opportunities, being named as a contributor to the edited volume, and letter of recommendation, based on performance, as well as unique insight into academic-policy interface. If you are interested, please send CV and brief description of why you’re interested to Cat by the 24th Dec on All applicants will be considered, but those based in the UK will be preferred.