Fieldwork Program

               IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to the global outbreak of corona virus and the strict limitations on gatherings implemented by many governments, we are suspending this solicitation until such time that we can be assured that any activity undertaken can be done safely.  We will re-announce the solicitation in the future in the same venue this one has been announced. Thank you for your understanding.


The YouthMappers’ fieldwork program supports YouthMappers chapters to undertake projects related to the creation of new data and/or analysis in the chapter’s local or regional community. Tasks might include: the creation of data or some other direct support for OpenStreetMap (OSM), supporting a local research project to fulfill a development need with a direct link to OSM or YouthMappers, or conducting specific data and/or analysis activities related to YouthMappers for a local or regional USAID Mission. The scope of the latter will be developed in consultation with the local/regional Mission GIS specialist or other USAID point of contact and the local YouthMappers chapter.


YouthMappers does not restrict the topics that chapters can investigate, but successful proposals will make a strong case that the activity is needed and will contribute to local/regional development needs. Field research activities should be oriented toward some type of activity that increases data and/or analysis, rather than providing direct support for the chapter itself. The funding of internet access, for instance, would only be permissible in pursuit of the creation of data and/or analysis for a project, not for general chapter access.


While it is not required to work with a local USAID Mission to be successful in this call, proposals that include such a connection will be prioritized. Target countries for participation in this call include: Malawi, Kenya, Georgia, and Bangladesh. Chapters may, however, link to any USAID Mission, including their home country Mission. Chapters located in a country without a USAID Mission must clearly demonstrate, with letters of support, how they have partnered with a chapter in a USAID-presence country or will work to support the creation of a chapter in said country

Proposal Format: The proposal is limited to 5 pages, single spaced, typed in PDF format. The 5 page limit excludes letters of support, which themselves must be limited to 1 page and attached as PDFs at the end of the 5 page proposal. Due to virus restrictions, no file types other than PDF will be opened and applications with other types of computer files other than PDF will be returned as non-compliant.

The following elements MUST be addressed in the 5 page proposal:

  1. A clearly defined and well-justified purpose

  2. A clear list of research questions to be addressed

  3. A clear statement of methods of data collection and/or data analysis

  4. A list of deliverables (concrete outcomes) from the project

  5. A communication plan that includes social media dissemination of results

  6. A timetable with start and end date, a lists of all participants, a contact for the  chapter faculty advisor, and a contact for the local organization or USAID contact, if applicable.

Additional Required Materials: In addition to the 5 page proposal, the following letters of support should follow the proposal. Each letter is limited to 1 page and should be combined into the 5 page pdf.


  1. A letter or email of support from the chapter faculty mentor

  2. A letter or email of support from the USAID point of contact (if applicable)

  3. Budget and budget justification


The final element of the proposal is a maximum 3 page budget with each expected expense listed with an explanation of the exact cost and justification for the expense. Proposers must use this PDF budget template. The budget justification includes a list of disallowed expenses.

Program Awards: YouthMappers expects to award between 2 - 5 awards. The maximum amount awarded will be US $2,000/ chapter. Proposers need not budget $2000, if it is not necessary and priority will be given to awards that clearly justify their funding needs.


Chapters may only submit ONE proposal. Partnering with another chapter is permissible but would count as each chapter’s ONE proposal.

Required Documentation: At the conclusion of the award, chapters are required to submit a 5 page report that details:

  1. The problem that was addressed

  2. The solution that was implemented

  3. Any initial impacts that were observed as a result of the activity

  4. Challenges faced

  5. Recommended follow-up and suggestions for future work

  6. A list of all publications, posts on social media (URLs or tweets, etc), and any other communications that the chapter produced to support or as a result of the project


How will proposals be reviewed?

Competitive applications will demonstrate:

  • A strong need in the local/regional community for the work proposed

  • Project structured in compliance with the YouthMappers Ethics Statement

  • A demonstration that the project will lead to capacity building of the chapter

  • A plan to increase the number of YouthMappers chapters through outreach to other universities or eligible organizations.

    • An illustrative example of this would be:

      • A plan to publicize results with the intention of stimulating new YouthMappers chapters in nearby universities

      • A strong mentoring commitment (where senior students mentor junior students)

      • Any additional aspect of chapter sustainability activities

      • A plan for reporting on the activity

      • Budget rationale and explanation


Eligibility: Only YouthMappers chapters in good standing are eligible to receive funds. Chapters that have not submitted annual reports are not considered to be in good standing. Non-USAID presence chapters are eligible only if their activities are structured to actively develop, support, and/or mentor a YouthMappers chapter in a USAID presence country. Countries with Mission GIS specialists include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Colombia, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Southern Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, West Africa

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