Course Details

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For more information and to apply to the next GREAT course, see Upcoming Courses.

GREAT uses a blended model of two face-to-face trainings with field work and e- mentoring and learning in between, structured in three parts:

  1. Week 1 (face-to-face training): an introductory module on general theory and concepts of gender-responsiveness and applied instruction on qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis approaches
  2. Practice (4-6 months of field application): practice with collection of qualitative and quantitative sex-disaggregated data from ongoing projects, supported by e-learning and e-mentoring
  3. Week 2 (face-to-face training): a data analysis, interpretation, and feedback/advocacy module

Participating teams must complete all three parts for individuals in that team to qualify for certification. All face-to-face instruction will take place in Kampala, Uganda.

NOTE: The GREAT course requires field data collection between Week 1 and Week 2.

  • GREAT courses are offered to research teams of up to three (3) people per research project.
  • Applicant project teams must be engaged in funded and ongoing agricultural research projects in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
  • Participant team members should be agricultural researchers, both women and men, from NARIs, universities, CGIAR centers, regional organizations, NGOs and other agricultural research entities based in SSA.
  • In addition to agricultural researchers, teams should also include gender researchers (social scientists) involved in the target projects, as well as M&E specialists where possible. As GREAT courses emphasize interdisciplinarity, priority will be given to project teams that include gender researchers and M&E specialists.
  • No prior experience in gender research is necessary.
    • Course instruction will be in English.

    What's Included

    GREAT courses provide a comprehensive package combining in-depth training in three phases (two intensive in-person training modules separated by a 4 to 5-month field research phase), mentorship, and a cohort-based model. This unique and holistic approach equips research teams to incorporate gender-responsive and community-centered research into their projects, and connects research teams to a broader community of practice and professional network, enabling them to continue their professional growth after the course.

    GREAT provides the following to participant teams:

    • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) meals and lodging
    • 14-days of face-to-face professional training
    • Five-months of dedicated mentorship for each team
    • $1,000 field-research seed grant funding available upon successful completion of Week 1
    • $5,000 competitive field-research grants available at end of course for further research for publication
    • Access to the GREAT professional network by being admitted to the GREAT Community of Practice that links teams to relevant literature, conferences, further training events, webinars and opportunities to publish

    Partial funding support is also available on a competitive and needs-based model (to be evaluated upon application).

    GREAT courses provide a comprehensive package combining in-depth training in three phases (two intensive in-person training modules separated by a 4 to 5-month field research phase), mentorship, and a cohort-based model. This unique and holistic approach equips research teams to incorporate gender-responsive and community-centered research into their projects, and connects research teams to a broader community of practice and professional network, enabling them to continue their professional growth after the course.

    GREAT is a fee-paying course. Please check with your institutional leadership for available funding. Scholarships are available; teams are encouraged to apply regardless of funding ability, though we strongly encourage any applying teams that are in need of scholarships to email GREAT at dlj67@cornell.edu before submitting their application to discuss funding availability.

    In exceptional instances where full teams are not able to apply, GREAT will consider individual applicants of merit, although individuals are discouraged from applying as they will not benefit from aspects of the training design and delivery which are tailored for teams. In such instances interested individuals are required to first contact GREAT directly (by sending an email todlj67@cornell.edu) to discuss their options, prior to completing an application. Individual applicants who are accepted may be asked to join another applicant team for classroom and field-based portions of the training.

    Team participation is costed in packages (please see the above note about individual applications if you are interested in attending as an individual):

    • $5,500 for a 2-person team (excluding airfare to Uganda)
    • $8,000 for a 3-person team (excluding airfare to Uganda)

    Course fees include:

    • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) meals and lodging
    • 14-days of face-to-face professional training
    • Five-months of dedicated mentorship for each team
    • $1,000 field-research seed grant funding available upon successful completion of Week 1
    • $5,000 competitive field-research grants available at end of course for further research for publication
    • Access to the GREAT professional network by being admitted to the GREAT Community of Practice that links teams to relevant literature, conferences, further training events, webinars and opportunities to publish

    Partial funding support is also available on a competitive and needs-based model (to be evaluated upon application).

    GREAT courses will take place at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda. Venue details will be circulated to accepted participants.