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World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program For Aspiring Development Economics Researchers From Developing Countries.

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World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program For Aspiring Development Economics Researchers From Developing Countries.

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) matches aspiring development economics researchers from developing countries with World Bank research economists creating unique opportunities for the fellows to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC). Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for 8 months (September to May each year) and work under the supervision of researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Development Research Group departments, engaging in high-quality and policy-relevant research projects.

By working with World Bank DEC researchers and their external academic collaborators from top universities, fellows will learn current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and network with leading researchers in their field. They will have a unique opportunity to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research and widen their perspective on potential development questions, and how their research can address challenges in the developing world.

Requirements

To be considered for the RSMFP, applicants must be:

  1. Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries;
  2. Graduates of MA level studies or currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field;
  3. No more than 35 years of age (by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts);
  4. Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Research programs

Applicants will have the option to select in the application whether they would like to be hosted by the Development research department or the Impact evaluation department in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

Selection process

Applications for the fellowship are open annually between March and April for cohorts starting in September of the same year. Applicants must submit a resume, a statement of research interests, contact details for a letter of recommendation, a writing sample (optional), and a code sample (optional). The statement of research interests should describe research interests and indicate the research programs of interest within DEC. Fellowships will be awarded based on application materials and demonstrated skills in required software. Cohort formation will seek to achieve geographical and gender representation.

Key Program Features

Professional experience: Fellows will work on World Bank projects under the direct supervision of World Bank DEC researchers and will be offered training on cutting-edge research practices and technologies and engage with the World Bank operations. Depending on the nature of projects, they will have the opportunity to contribute to DEC’s published work and potentially co-author with DEC researchers, join field missions, and directly engage with our clients.

Capacity building:  Fellows will receive a one-week technical onboarding at the start of the program, including training on reproducible research practices. Throughout the program, fellows will participate in periodic continuing education trainings and events, to further build skills. Through their work with DEC economists, fellows will enhance their ability to identify, study, and write about important development policy questions.

Research dissemination: Fellows will be invited to write a blog based on their fellowship research with the DEC researchers. This is an opportunity to showcase research and contribution to development policy discussions. Each year, the top 4 blogs will be published on DEC’s Let’s Talk Development blog.

Compensation & Benefits

The RSMFP offers a competitive compensation, totaling $42,750 net of income taxes per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid in monthly installments). Since the fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington D.C., the World Bank’s HR Operations unit will assist the selected candidates with their ap­plication for G4 visa.

Note: The fellowship does not cover travel expenses.

Governance

The RSMFP governance includes a Steering Committee, Selection Committee and a Secretariat. The Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the World Bank Executive Director offices of the donor countries, meets annually to review progress. The Selection Committee, comprised of World Bank DEC directors from the research and impact evaluation departments, makes selection decisions based on the selection criteria and fellowships development objectives. The Secretariat supports the Selection Committee in all of its work and manages day-to-day operations, prepares policies and procedures, oversees onboarding, and manages development partner relations.

The window for applications will be open annually from March 1st to April 30th.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program 2021/2022

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Thinkwell Institute Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship For Global Health.

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Thinkwell Institute Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship For Global Health.

Young women play a foundational role in helping sustain the health and well-being of our communities, however they are often not given opportunities to activate change. The Samya Rose Stumo Fellowship for Global Health fosters a global community of young women to inspire their vision, develop their skills, incubate their ideas, and elevate their voices to become the change makers of tomorrow.

The fellowship seeks to identify and nurture young women from across the globe to co-create transformative global health projects with ThinkWell. Selected fellows will be part of a 12-month inaugural cohort designed to bring their interests and ideas to life. Fellows will work with ThinkWell experts and have access to cutting- edge resources to co-create a project idea in health systems, health advocacy, health policy, or health entrepreneurship.

Leading global health experts from ThinkWell will serve as a mentor to each fellow, directing them through the entrepreneurial process and providing critical feedback along the way. Fellows will write a summary of their learnings and findings and give a presentation after 12 months. We understand that fellows will be at varying stages of development in their area of interest, and we are committed to curate and facilitate experiences designed to bring value to each fellow. While fellows are primarily responsible for individual projects, we encourage cross-collaboration and exchange of ideas.

Requirements

Thinkwell seek applications from outstandingly bright, motivated, and driven women with a burgeoning interest to explore a concept in global health. These women should be self starters,have demonstrated leadership in their communities, and have a commitment to challenge the status quo. Women should be in or have recently completed a master’s degree or higher. Initially, the fellowship will accept promising women applicants from Kenya, Indonesia,Bangladesh, and the Philippines.

How to Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online with the following:

1) CV outlining education, experience, and accomplishments

2) A letter of recommendation describing how the candidate exemplifies strong merits and commitment to the field of global health

3) Answers to the following questions about a project/initiative in health systems, health policy, health advocacy, or health entrepreneurship

  • Problem Statement: What problems do you want to address throughout the fellowship? Provide evidence of the problems with data and details (350 words max)
  • Potential Solutions: Provide a compelling explanation of the opportunity/opening/void you see in the ecosystem. Outline possible avenues you’d explore as a potential solution. If you have an established idea, please expand on it here (350 words max)
  • Impact: Explain the intended impact you hope to address by researching your problem area. What are some long-term goals? (200 words max)
  • Potential Challenges: Briefly describe any potential challenges that you may face as you explore your problem area (200words max)
  • Answers to the following questions: Which professional accomplishments to date are you proudest of? (200 words max) What are your professional goals for the next several years? (150 words max) How would this opportunity advance your goals? (150 words max)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Thinkwell Institute Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship

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