The World Bank funds the Robert S. McNamara (RSM) International Fellowship for Doctoral students to study at a World Bank country, in development related fields.
Application Deadline: 2nd November 2016
Offered annually? Yes.
Eligible Countries: World Bank Member Countries
To be taken at (country): Host Institution in any country other than candidates home country
Eligible Subject Areas: Economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development related subject.
About Scholarship: The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) provides support to developing country nationals who are PhD candidates from developing countries and working in academic and research institutions in a developing country who seek 6-10 months of funding to conduct PhD research in a World Bank member country other than their home country or country of residence. RSMFP was established in 1982 with $2.8 million in funding from the World Bank and the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia.
Type: Doctoral Grant
Who is qualified to apply? Applicants must meet the following general criteria to be eligible for a fellowship award:
- Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
- Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
- Be under the age of 35 on the Application Deadline date;
- Be enrolled in a PhD program in a member developing country of the World Bank at the time of application
- Reside in a member developing country of the World Bank since enrolled in the PhD program;
- Have completed all coursework and exam requirements for attaining a PhD at the time of application;
- Have a PhD thesis centered on a field of development.
Selection Criteria: The RSMFP uses the following process to review completed applications, with the aim to identify eligible candidates with the most innovative and relevant research proposals in the area of development.
Two qualified reviewers independently review each eligible application to assess the following:
- Quality of the proposed fellowship (70%)
- Prospects for a productive career in research post-PhD (30%)
Selection Process: All criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.
Value of Award: RSMFP provides up to $25,000 for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a host advisor at a university, research or development institution in a World Bank member country.
Number of Awards: Several
Duration of Award: onetime grant for a 6 to 10 month period
How to Apply: The RSMFP application must be completed online by 2nd November 2016 and include:
- The completed application form
- An agreement to the terms and conditions for a RSMFP fellowship listed on the Application Form’s Signature Page;
- A completed recommendation form submitted online by the host university research advisor; and
- A completed recommendation form submitted online by the PhD Thesis supervisor.
All required documents must be uploaded online. Any documents an applicant provides by email, post or any means other than the online application form will not be reviewed.
Application forms are available in English, French, and Spanish in PDF format from link below:
Sponsor: The World Bank