Burning Questions Fellowship Awards

Encouraging academic researchers to offer high quality guidance to front-line persons to help them come to grips with their burning questions

Fall/Winter 2020 Fellowships
Open for Applications

(September 30 – November 24, 2020)

Application Instructions

We welcome and encourage inquiries.

Please write to min@tinybeamfund.org.

Read about fellowship winners of previous rounds here and here.

Fellowship Award Winners

Fellowship awards key information

  • These fellowships focus on a set of “burning questions” we have collected from leaders of NGOs about the negative impacts of global industrial food animal production in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The fellowships are intended primarily for academic researchers (early career as well as senior academics). Independent scholars can also apply. Award funds are sent directly to fellowship winners personal bank accounts.
  • Applicants must hold PhD/doctoral degrees or be in PhD/doctoral students writing their dissertation or theses.
  • There are no restrictions as to applicants’ place of residence or citizenship.
  • The award period is four months.
  • Three categories of awards are available:
    • Category 1: US$25,000 for a team of two to four researchers that has at least one person with a PhD/doctoral degree.
    • Cateogry 2: US$20,000 for a single individual with a PhD/doctoral degree.
    • Category 3: US$15,000 for a single individual enrolled in a PhD/doctoral degree program and who is writing a dissertation or thesis.
  • Fellowships are awarded twice each year: Spring/Summer round, and Fall/Winter round.
  • The main task of a fellowship recipient during the award period is to prepare one 5,000 – 7,000 words report which we call Guidance Memo:
    • Guidance Memos are written in plain language.
    • Topics addressed in Guidance Memos must be directly relevant to one or more “burning questions”.
    • Guidance Memos should provide sound information and clear explanations that deepen readers’ understanding of the issues addressed, highlight key considerations that they may not be aware of, offer practical advice that helps their work and decision-making.
  • Also required from a recipient of a fellowship award are:
    • An annotated bibliography of publications that are relevant to the content in the Guidance Memo.
    • A short personal narrative on the experience working on the Guidance Memo.

Why offer this program? What is its purpose?

  • To encourage academic researchers to shed light on “burning questions” and support those interested in pursuing these questions: Academic researchers’ training and skill set is well-suited to investigating these thorny questions. There are academics interested in studying issues related to these questions for their own scholarly purposes and/or because they want to research topics that matter most to actual persons and come up with findings of practical use and value to the real world. This program is aimed at supporting these academic researchers. fellowship awards provide academic researchers with concrete opportunities to prepare short plain language documents that.
  • To serve as a bridge to connect academic researchers with those who are tackling concerns and problems with industrial animal agriculture and who have asked “burning questions”: It is not enough to motivate academic researchers to pursue “burning questions”. The insights and information they come up with must be conveyed to front-line persons in a digestible form. The reality is that academics have their own jargons and communication styles that are often unintelligible to non-academics. One key objective of this program is to bridge the gulf so that the guidance offered by fellowship recipients are delivered into the hands of front-line persons in a way that is ready to be put into practical use.