Call for grant applications Research/Studies on Human Rights and the Environment


Development is increasing at an unprecedented rate, in Phnom Penh, leading to long lasting environmental and social impacts. Wasteful and unsustainable housing for the rich, which are routinely undertaken prior to conducting comprehensive environmental and social impact assessments, are undermining the enjoyment of decent housing for the urban poor and contributing to the current climate crisis.

Cambodia comprises the largest youth and adolescent population in the South East Asian region. The involvement of young people in social and environmental development issues has been observed via social media and in groups throughout Phnom Penh. As a result, the youth are critical players in building and strengthening public outreach and awareness on urban and environmental issues in Phnom Penh, and manifest the great potential to drive economic and social development.

We are interested in original research proposals analyzing one of the topics below, from a human rights and environmental perspective, possibly also to do with the context of Covid-19:

  • Poverty and Human Rights
  • Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Women’s Rights
  • Environment and Human Rights
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Trash in Phnom Penh
  • Flooding in Phnom Penh
  • Good governance of communal development plans in the urban poor community
  • Economic Inequality in Phnom Penh
  • Other topics related to Environment and Human rights



This project will aim to build the capacity of groups who are generally not given a voice, such as the urban poor and the youth, so that they are able to promote good environmental governance, in a safe and peaceful manner.

What Sahmakum Teang Tnaut Offers:

  • Research grant: 800 USD to conduct individual research​ or group research.
  • Technical support and monitoring during the research.
  • Opportunity to be supported by STT to disseminate the paper via a soft-launch onto STT’s website.
  • Eligibility

Applicants are to meet the following criteria:

  • Be nationals of Cambodia
  • Applicants must have reached at least year two of a relevant university bachelor program, or be pursuing a graduate degree
  • A candidate has the right to research only one topic
  • Deliverables expected from the researchers

The researchers are expected to join the various meetings and produce the following deliverables in Khmer or English. 


No Activities Date
1 Interesting candidate registration for research 11-24, April 2022
2 Consultation Workshop on research 26 April 2022
3 Open submitting application 26 April to 03 May 2022
4 Shortlist candidates 06 May 2022
5 Oral interview 09 May 2022
6 Inform successor candidates 10 May 2022
7 First meeting​ឹឹិ with successor 14 May 2022
8 Providing technical support by STT experts 16-17 May 2022
9 Draft paper submission for review and input 10 June 2022
10 First paper submission 20 June 2022
11 Feedback commentary 27 June 2022
12 Second paper submission 30 June 2022
13 Second feedback commentary 7 July 2022
14 Final submission of the paper 15 July 2022
15 Reflection meeting with all grantees 19 July 2022


How to Apply 

Interested candidates can register through the link before 21 April 2022.


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