Exploring Kankor Examinations: The Chancellor’s Research Grant invites qualified researchers to submit research proposals related to critical elements of Kankor examination systems, practices, and impacts in Afghanistan.
|Deadline for Proposals||October 26, 2019|
|Number of Grants||5|
|Funding Ceiling per Grant||Afs. 150,000|
|Duration of Grant||3 - 6 months|
The Kardan University Chancellor’s Research Grant is dedicated to the study and advancement of knowledge and practice in higher education sector in Afghanistan. The Chancellor’s Research Grant is designed to enable Kardan University students, faculty, and Kardan Research Society members to pursue high quality research projects addressing specific problem areas in higher education in Afghanistan. This research grant is borne out of a commitment on the part of the grant benefactor to contribute to higher education sector development through quality research activities. Through this grant, Kardan University researchers will contribute to reducing the research and knowledge gap currently present in the higher education sector.
The Chancellor’s Research Grant will enable Kardan University researchers to gain access to critical financial aid to support their research activities. Furthermore, selected research papers produced by the Chancellor’s Research Grant recipients will be presented at the annual “Kardan University Conference on Higher Education in Afghanistan.” The inaugural conference is scheduled for April 16, 2020. Research emanating from this grant facility will be published in the annual conference proceedings.
The Ministry of Higher Education conducts university entrance examination also known as ‘Kankor’ as standardized testing that is used to assign students to state-owned universities across Afghanistan. As the demand for higher education has grown over the past decade, Kankor examinations have come under increasing scrutiny for many reasons including regulatory deficiency, examination practices, and their impact on student performance and secondary schooling systems nationwide. Implicated in the conduct of Kankor examinations are many issues and challenges that confront higher education in Afghanistan amidst increasing demand, limited resources, and stagnant regulatory responses to these challenges.
While, the conduct of centralized examinations is common in many countries in the region and around the world, important innovations in policies, regulations, and practices characterize those systems. The inaugural Kardan University Chancellor’s Research Grant invites Kardan University researchers and Kardan Research Society Members including faculty and students to submit proposals responding to one of the following questions pertaining to critical elements of Kankor examination systems, practices, and impacts in Afghanistan:
Applicants need to submit their responses in the form of a proposal. Your research proposal should include at a minimum the following elements:
The proposal evaluation process will be undertaken in three stages.
The Chancellor’s Research Grant Review Committee is responsible for selection of nominated proposals. The committee is comprised of the following members:
a. Kardan University Chancellor or designate (Chair)
b. Kardan University R&D Coordinator (Secretariat)
c. Faculty member proposed by Vice Chancellor – Academics (Member)
d. Finance representative proposed by the Chief Finance Officer (Member)
The Chancellor’s Research Grant Review Committee Secretariat shall nominate research proposals for selection against the following criteria:
|The research proposal directly responds to the proposed research question||20|
|The proposed research team consists of at least 2 Kardan University students as Research Assistants.||30|
|Completeness and quality of research proposal.||50|