Post-Primary Education Initiative

Indian girls waiting in line
J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative funds randomized evaluations that develop and test innovative solutions for improving access, quality, equity, and relevance of post-primary education in low- and middle-income countries.

The PPE Initiative aims to generate a body of rigorous evidence through systematic research on open questions in secondary, tertiary, and vocational/entrepreneurial education. Knowledge gaps include questions about pedagogy, the role of information communication technology, the design of teacher incentives, strategies to include and support disadvantaged students, the role of private schools, and mechanisms to increase the demand for schooling among students and their parents.

Key Facts

J-PAL Global
  • Research RFP: Open
J-PAL affiliates, post-doctoral fellows, invited researchers, and regional offices may apply. See RFP materials for full eligibility requirements.


For Researchers

Request for Proposals

The PPE Initiative's 14th (and final) RFP is now open. Applications are being accepted until May 3, 2020

In the meantime, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PPE Initiative is also accepting off-cycle proposals for time-sensitive research that tests or supports strategies for responding to COVID-19 or supports strategies for responding to COVID-19 and add-on funding for descriptive data collection around COVID-19 using samples from existing evaluations.  

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