Students and Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) is announcing the call for the 3rd Cohort of the 2024 Young Researchers’ Initiative Program.


All tertiary education students within the SADC region are eligible to respond to this call.


The desire to champion evidence-based advocacy and policy development led to the formulation of the Young Researchers’ Initiative Program in 2022. Through this program, 65 young people from Southern Africa have undergone mentorship under the tutelage of senior academics to produce research papers. Equipping young budding students with research skills, empowering their voices and nurturing knowledge dissemination SAYWHAT published the first research book by the 2022 cohort “Empowering Young Voices: Unveiling the Hidden Realities of Young People in Zimbabwe”.


The 3rd Cohort will be running under the theme ‘Envisioning Youth-Driven Programming on Emerging Issues in Southern Africa’.

Interested candidates are invited to submit 500-word proposals highlighting the topic, research problem, objectives, and methodology on one of the following themes.

  • Intersection between climate change and public health
  • Intersection between Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Vuzu parties
  • Maternal health
  • Menstrual health management
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse.
  • Child protection and child marriages (laws, and policies)
  • Drug and Substance Abuse (DSA)
  • Disaster preparedness and management
  • Promoting Inclusivity through policies

Blind adjudication of the proposals will be done by a team of seasoned academics. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to take part in an intensive 6-months research mentorship program.


Full details and benefits will be disclosed to successful applicants. Final-year students (those embarking on their dissertation journey), persons with disabilities (PWD), and female students are highly encouraged to apply.


Required Font: Candara, 12, and 1.15 line spacing.

On the cover page include: 

  • Name of Author and Gender
  • Title of the proposal
  • Contact details (Including phone number)
  • Institution
  • Programme and level of study
  • Country of resident

Submission deadline: 31 January 2024

Only successful candidates will be contacted

Please send your research proposal in PDF format – to

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