Post-Primary Education Initiative

Indian girls waiting in line
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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

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  • 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

J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative has launched a one-time Education Research for COVID-19 Response & Recovery Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund randomized evaluations of strategies to improve access, quality, equity, and relevance of pre-primary, primary, and post-primary education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic across low- and middle-income countries. The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

Please note that while the research portion of the RFP is hosted by the PPE Initiative, we encourage proposals across all grade levels. This is part of a broader shift we are aiming to make into an expanded Education Initiative. Check back for updates.

Initiative Staff

Priyanka Varma, Senior Policy Associate

Radhika Bhula, Policy Manager

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