so you want to be a

PDI researcher?

Here's what to expect.


What you'll get

How it works

two project cycles



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project timeline


Weeks 1 - 4

  • Team introduction

  • Clarify research question & map out research plan

  • Check-in with partner organizations


WEEKS 5 - 9

  • Data analysis

  • Interviews


Weeks 5 - 9

  • Data analysis

  • Interviews


WEEKS 1 - 5

  •  Write up

  • Data visualization

  • Peer review

  • Copy-editing

  • Messaging strategy 

Q2, WEEKS 5 - 9

  • Website publication

  • Partner presentation

  • Stakeholder meetings

  • Public events

under covid-19

Fortunately, most of PDI's activities transfer well to the remote requirements of the current global pandemic. Researchers typically conduct research independently and virtually, such as reviewing literature online, so PDI projects are running as normal with the exception of virtual team meetings. 

Social events are also held virtually and the Executive Board is always open to emails/chats with individual researchers. PDI Leadership is working to make the research experience as positive, fruitful, and accessible as possible - including taking into account different timezones.

Still interested?

Apply here!