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.
- Host: World Bank
- Study Abroad: Study in USA
- Eligible Countries: All Countries
- Reward: Full Sponsorship | $44,888 Net Income
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.
To receive consideration 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.
Duration and Reward
- The RSMFP offers a 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 receive 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 receive invites to write a blog based on their fellowship research within DEC.
To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;
- Statement of research interests
- Contact details for a letter of recommendation (RSMFP team will contact the academic advisor for the letter)
- Writing sample in English (optional)
- Code samples (optional)
Method of Application
If you apply to UBC by January 15, you will be automatically considered for the IMES.
You will be considered for this scholarship shortly after you receive an offer of admission to UBC. Scholarship decisions are made between mid-March to the end of April each year.