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GRIT workshop 2017

The GRIT 2016 workshop took place at the Penn State University campus in Pennsylvania from June 6-24. 2016.


This workshop series brings together gender specialists and post-doctoral scholars who are interested in how to better integrate gender within research activities. By fostering a cohort of global leaders dedicated to gender issues within the CGIAR system, the workshops will not only create an internal network of support and partnership but also contribute towards the wider goal of enhancing the capacity and quality of gender research across the system as a whole.


Generating a greater body of gender research expertise among young scientists is critical for integrating gender within research activities. For accomplishing this goal, the GRIT workshop is designed to ensure the competency of gender research in three key areas: designing research projects in the social sciences; conducting quantitative and qualitative data gathering and/or analysis projects; and preparing and publishing high-quality manuscripts in top-tier academic journals.

During the GRIT workshop, CGIAR Post-doctoral fellows and gender specialists will be paired with a Penn State professor who will serve as his/her mentor over the course of the life of the project and beyond. Through email and Skype, Penn State will provide assistance on research design, advice on data analysis plans, guidance for publication, and review of drafts of articles and research proposals. As a result, participants will not only learn the material, they will gain experience in teaching the material to others. While the workshop provide short-term training, the mentoring program will ensure long-term, deep and lasting partnerships.

In addition, the workshop will put emphasis on the historical context and epistemology of agricultural science. Furthermore, the workshop also spotlights the strategies and tools for working on interdisciplinary teams across agricultural, biological, environmental, and social sciences. Finally, the workshop aims to connect gender theories of science to agricultural research for strengthening the quality of gender research in CGIAR.

This year, GRIT participants were divided into two groups:

Cohort 1: Post-doctoral Fellows that attended the GRIT 2016 Workshop, and that have come back to PSU for their second and final year of the workshop.

Cohort 2: Post-doctoral Fellows and Gender Specialist that are attending the GRIT Workshop for the first time.

Selection of participants

Preference was given to CGIAR social scientists who are postdoctoral fellows in their first or second year of appointment at a CGIAR Center, especially (but not exclusively) those whose fellowship is supported by an award to a CGIAR Research Program from the CGIAR System Organization. Participants were also selected based on PSU’s  interest in teamed-up applications from a CGIAR postdoctoral fellow and their supervising social scientist who are conducting research together and planning to co-author papers.  A review board of key expert faculty reviewed all applications after the due date. Application review packets were evaluated based on their level of interest in and commitment to gender research. Previous experience conducting gender specific research was not a requirement, Prior doctoral-level training in a social science  with a foundation knowledge of  qualitative or quantitative research methods was however required as participants can expect to deepen knowledge of methods with which they are already familiar and to learn new methods.  Previous specialization in gender-specific research was not an essential review criteria, but a thoughtful application showed how newly acquired tools will be applied to the applicant’s current research on gender issues will be critical.


Selected participants will have three weeks of intensive courses by expert faculty. There is no tuition fee for participating in the course.  Lodging and meals at Penn State will be covered for participants. These costs are supported by the CGIAR System Organization’s Gender Action Plan grant from the CGIAR Fund Council.

CGIAR Research Program(s) are expected to support their postdoctoral fellow’s international travel to attend the workshops series at State College, PA, United States including visa fees, and meeting all visa requirements. Participants should fly into University Park (airport code SCE). Once accepted to attend the workshop series, a participant’s CGIAR Research Program Director will be contacted by the System Organization’s Senior Gender Advisor to recommend this travel support and confirm that the fellow will be able to attend.

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