World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (Step-by-Step Process on how to Apply)
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World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (Step-by-Step Process on how to Apply)

Call For Applications: World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (Step-by-Step Process on how to Apply)

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program presents an exceptional opportunity for aspiring development economists from developing countries to engage in rigorous, policy-relevant research at the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) in Washington, D.C. Over an 8-month period, fellows will collaborate with World Bank researchers, contributing to high-quality research projects that address pressing development challenges.

Key Program Details:

  • Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from September to May each year, working under the supervision of researchers in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Development Research Group departments.
  • Through collaboration with World Bank DEC researchers and academic partners from leading universities, fellows will enhance their research skills, gain exposure to current research standards, and expand their professional networks.
  • The program offers fellows a unique opportunity to contribute to rigorous policy-relevant research, broaden their understanding of development issues, and explore how their research can effectively address challenges in the developing world.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program, applicants must:

  • Be nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference given to those from developing countries.
  • Possess fluency in English.
  • Hold a graduate degree at the master’s level or be currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field.
  • Be no more than 35 years of age as of June 30, 2024.
  • Be available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Program Benefits:

Fellows will receive competitive compensation totaling $46,500 net of income taxes for the 2023-24 cohort, disbursed in monthly installments over the 8-month fellowship period. Additionally, the World Bank’s HR Operations unit will assist selected candidates with the application process for a G4 visa.

Required Application Documents:

Interested candidates should prepare the following documents for submission:

  • An updated CV
  • A statement of purpose outlining research interests, professional objectives, and qualifications as development researchers
  • Contact details for a reference who can provide a letter of recommendation (letters will be requested for shortlisted candidates)
  • Optional: A writing sample and a code sample

Application Deadline: February 28, 2024

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to impactful development research. Click HERE to apply and take the next step in your career as a development economist.