The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) creates unique opportunities for the fellows to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) by matching aspiring development economics researchers from developing countries with World Bank research economists. Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for 8 months (September to May each year) and work under the administration 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.
Fellows will learn current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and network with leading researchers in their field by working with World Bank DEC researchers and their external academic collaborators from top universities They will have the exceptional opportunity to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research and amplify their perspective on potential development questions, and how their research can address challenges in the developing world.
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 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.
- 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 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.
- After completing the program, fellows will return to their home country or university to continue their studies and/or use their new skills to contribute to economic development issues.
To be considered for the RSMFP, applicants must be:
- Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries;
- Graduates of MA level studies or currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field;
- No more than 35 years of age (by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts);
- Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.
Before starting your application, be ready to upload:
- Your resume in PDF format
- A statement of purpose in PDF format with no more than 500 words
- The contact of at least one academic reference
- Writing sample (optional): sole-authored research documents that best reflect the applicant’s English writing skills
- Code sample (optional): sole-authored script that best reflects the applicant’s coding skills
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021 (18 Days Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link