Post-Primary Education Initiative

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Post-Primary Education Initiative

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, vocational, and tertiary 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.

RFP and Application Documents

PPE Round 13 RFP Overview

Full & Pilot Studies: Application Form and Instructions | Budget Template

Travel & Proposal Development Grants: Application Form and Instructions | Budget Template

Policy Outreach Event Grants: Application Form and Instructions (also accepted on a rolling basis)


J-PAL affiliate Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego)

Review Paper

Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence, by Abhijit Banerjee, Paul Glewwe, Shawn Powers, and Melanie Wasserman (Version of 2013-04-09 - PDF)

Executive summary (PDF)

Funded projects

To date, there are 76 projects funded by the initiative.


Please contact Priyanka Varma, PPE Initiative Manager, at [email protected] with any questions.


Support in Phase I of the PPE Initiative (Rounds 1-7) was provided by Echidna Giving, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development. Support for Phase II of the PPE Initiative (Rounds 8-13) is provided by Echidna, the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.

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