GERE training programme

Refugee Researchers undertake a foundational research training programme as a core component of their role with GERE.

The training programme equips young refugee researchers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively contribute as colleagues on the range of GERE research projects. Once young researchers have completed our core course and been employed on at least one GERE-affiliated research study, they can choose to join the GERE researcher network - providing opportunity for further work and training as they develop their own research careers. As such, the training approach is highly practical: all knowledge and skills are taught with the intention of being directly applied within real research scenarios.

Training is delivered through a flexible, hybrid approach involving a self-guided online component which is then consolidated and built upon through a series of collaborative, in-person sessions. While the structure of the programme is partially dependent on the requirements of each individual project, training is generally divided into four core units, which are designed to reflect a typical research cycle:

In addition to these core components, there is a continuous focus on critical thinking skills which runs through the delivery of all units. This is supplemented with regular critical thinking consolidation sessions, to which refugee researchers have access to for the duration of their active participation in GERE. Finally, while training is also flexible in the sense that it is tailored to the prior educational experiences of refugee researchers in each GERE location, a higher education degree is a prerequisite for participation.

The Applied research training course is currently accredited by John Carroll University in the United States.

Unit 1
 Conceptualising research,
including research ethics

Unit 2
Quantitative and qualitative
data collection methods

Unit 3
Data analysis and

Unit 4
Presenting research and
advocacy strategies