Scholarship

EASST 2016-2017 Visiting Fellowship Application Ends on 3/31/2016 -

January-29
02:43 AM 2016


About the Fellowship
The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. During a four-month fellowship, researchers will be based at the University of California Berkeley , or other CEGA campuses. Fellows may visit either during the Fall semester (approximately August 20 - December 20, 2016) or the Spring semester (approximately. January 20 - May 20, 2017).

Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor affiliated with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a research network based in the United States. A list of CEGA faculty affiliates is available online at http://cega.berkeley.edu/faculty/. Additionally, CEGA staff and PhD students will provide support during the semester and once the scholar returns home. The fellowship program will cover room and board, health insurance, monthly stipend, visa fees, and roundtrip economy air travel for the selected fellow. CEGA staff will provide mentorship not only throughout the semester, but also once the scholar returns home. Please note that the fellowship does NOT include financial provisions or support for any additional family members or spouses.

Upon completing the fellowship, scholars are expected to return to a university or research institute in East Africa and assume a leading role in the global effort to use rigorous evaluation and evidence for economic development. Small grants of up to $10,000 will be provided to fellows who return to their home institution, to hold trainings in impact evaluation, build institutional capacity, or to forge new linkages with government policymakers

Fellowship Activities

During the fellowship period, visiting researchers will:
• Participate in seminars and conferences on research in social and economic development;
• Present their own work during seminars and workshops;
• Audit courses, including rigorous doctoral-level seminars in impact evaluation;
• Carry out an independent research project under the mentorship of faculty members. Projects can use existing data for retrospective analysis or set-up a study design for future data collection;
• Meet and collaborate with faculty or students in multiple academic departments;
• Design impact evaluation curricula that will be taught at an East African institution;
• Participate in policy dissemination by contributing to policy briefs, attending meetings with policymakers and stakeholders, and presenting at events; and
• Work with the World Bank and other partners to identify opportunities for future research.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates for all EASST programs must:
• Be a resident of an EASST country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda;
• Have a PhD or Master’s degree (completed within the last 8 years) or be enrolled in a graduate program in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline;
• Hold a staff position at a research institution, university or other organization in East Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
• Have participated in or have familiarity with impact evaluation research (either randomized or quasi-experimental studies);
• Have participated in field-based data collection and rigorous empirical research/analysis;
• Be computer literate, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker;
• Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa for at least 1 year after the fellowship.

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates must:
• Demonstrate strong analytic skills, with past coursework in economics or statistics.
• Demonstrate an interest in rigorous program evaluation, policy analysis, and micro-level field data collection.
• Demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities.
• Submit a clear and innovative research proposal to evaluate a specific public policy or program, using randomized controlled trial or quasi-experimental methodologies.
• Past fellows have worked in such fields as agriculture and resource economics, education, health, technology, inequality and finance.
• Strong preference will be given to researchers working in the field of women’s economic empowerment.
Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be assigned to fellows who have already completed a doctoral degree (PhD) in a relevant field of study.

Research Proposal

Applicants must submit a research proposal of no more than 2 pages along with their fellowship application. Your research proposal should lay the groundwork for a full research project. However, in contrast to a complete grant application—which requires strong partnership with implementing organizations, detailed outcome measures, and a field research plan—the design idea can be at earlier stages of development. Proposed designs should be quantitative in nature or should use mixed methods (i.e., a mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection). While the evaluation questions should be very clear, the 2-page design statement is not expected to fully elaborate on the evaluation’s implementation.

The design statement must not exceed two pages and must include the following seven sections (do not leave any section blank):

• Problem statement
• Contribution to learning
• Description of program(s)
• Target population
• Evaluation Design
• Policy Relevance
• Other Funding Sources

Application Instructions

Applications are due on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.
Required Documents:
Please ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted in English.
1. Personal Statement: Not to exceed 1 page. Should include information on why the applicant should be considered for the fellowship and why is interested in becoming an EASST fellow.
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Transcript of any coursework completed within at least the last 5 years (i.e. your scores or grades from university courses). Scanned copy is acceptable.
4. Research Proposal: Not to exceed 2 pages. Proposals should include all seven sections mentioned above. Please refer to the Research Proposal Example provided here.
5. Employer Letter from the applicant’s supervisor or department chair demonstrating support and certifying that, if the applicant is selected, he/she will be able to take a 4-month leave of absence.
6. Letter of recommendation that describes the applicant’s research capacity. Please use the Recommendation Form providedhere.
7. OPTIONAL: You may attach one working paper or publication
Submitting your Application:
1. Complete the online appplication at http://tinyurl.com/Submittable-EASST-2016-VF
2. At the end of the form, upload your files as an attachment to the application.
Winners will be selected by an panel of experts and notified in late April 2016.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016 Release of Request for Applications
Thursday, 31 March 2016 Application deadline
Week of April 4-8, 2016 Application Review
Week of April 11 - 15, 2016 Selected interviews
Week of April 18 - 22, 2016 Notification of selections
Friday, 29 April, 2016 Deadline to accept

Please direct your questions to kmorgan@berkeley.edu

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