The World Bank’s Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program is inviting researchers in developing countries who wish to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) to apply for this fellowship.

Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, DC 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.

The McNamara Fellowships, officially known as the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program, is a competitive fellowship program for PhD candidates from developing countries. The program is administered by the World Bank and was established in 1982 in honor of Robert S. McNamara, who was President of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981.

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The McNamara Fellowships aim to support PhD candidates from developing countries who are working on research projects that address development issues in their home countries. The program provides financial support for travel, living expenses, and research costs, and fellows are typically required to spend 6 to 10 months in residence at a university or research institution outside of their home country.

The McNamara Fellowships provide valuable opportunities for PhD candidates from developing countries to advance their research and contribute to development in their home countries. The program has supported hundreds of fellows over the years and has helped to build the capacity of developing countries to address the complex challenges of development.

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Eligibility Criteria For The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships:

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 Ph.D. 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, DC for the duration of the fellowship.

Type: Masters and Ph.D.

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

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Award values:

  • The RSMFP offers competitive compensation, totaling $44,888 net of income taxes per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid in monthly installments).
  • 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
  • Fellows will receive a one-week technical onboarding at the start of the program, including training on reproducible research practices.
  • Fellows will be invited to write a blog based on their fellowship research within DEC.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Method of application: For more details, visit the world bank website

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