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World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program(Fully-funded to Washington DC,USA and open to all nationalities)

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program(Fully-funded to Washington DC,USA and open to all nationalities)

Are you an aspiring development economics researcher from a developing country? The World Bank’s Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) is an unparalleled opportunity for you to engage in rigorous policy-relevant research alongside World Bank research economists. This program aims to foster collaboration, skill-building, and a deeper understanding of development challenges.

Program Overview

The RSMFP spans 8 months, from September to May each year, and invites selected fellows to work at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. Participants will collaborate with researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact (DIME) and Development Research Group departments, contributing to high-quality, policy-relevant research projects.

Key Features

  1. Professional Experience: Fellows will work directly on World Bank projects under the guidance of DEC researchers, gaining hands-on experience, and contributing to published works.
  2. Capacity Building: A one-week technical onboarding session kicks off the program, offering training in reproducible research practices. Fellows will also participate in seminars led by top economists, further enhancing their skills.
  3. Research Dissemination: Fellows have the opportunity to write a blog based on their research, showcasing their findings and contributing to development policy discussions. The top four blogs each year will be published on DEC’s Let’s Talk Development blog.

Application Details

The application window for the 2024 cohort is open until February 28th, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET. Interested candidates can apply here to embark on a transformative journey of research and collaboration.

Compensation & Benefits

Fellows will receive a competitive compensation of $46,500 net of income taxes for the 2024 cohort, paid in monthly installments. The World Bank’s HR Operations unit will assist selected candidates with their G4 visa application. Please note that the fellowship does not cover travel expenses.

Financing and Governance

Established in 1982, the RSMFP is funded by the Governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia. The program’s governance includes a Steering Committee, Selection Committee, and a Secretariat, ensuring transparency and accountability in the selection process.

RSMFP Secretariat Contacts:

  • Florentina Mulaj, Program Manager
  • Maria Ruth Jones, Co-Program Manager
  • Ivonne Stephanie Lara Cortes, Program Analyst For general inquiries, contact: rsm_fellowships@worldbank.org

Application Details

Embark on a transformative journey with the RSMFP, shaping the future of development economics and contributing to impactful global change.