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Echidna Global Scholars Program 2021 for Researchers in Developing Countries (Fully-funded to Washington, DC)

Brookings Institution invites selected professionals for the Echidna Global Scholars Program for 2021.

Application Deadline: 19th February 2021

To Be Taken At (Country): Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., USA

About the Award: The Echidna Global Scholars Program is a visiting fellowship hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution. The program aims to build the research and analytical skills of NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience and ties to developing countries. Echidna Global Scholars spend four to six months at Brookings pursuing research on global education issues, with a specific focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world. Upon completion of their fellowship, CUE supports the scholars in implementing an action plan that applies their new skills and expertise in the developing country where they have demonstrated substantial ties.

Type: Fellowship


  • Education /Experience Requirements: The program selects professionals with substantial experience in and ties to developing countries, a demonstrated intent to return to a developing country, and a passion and demonstrated commitment to girls’ education. Applicants should have a background in education, development, economics, or a related area, with at least 15 years of professional experience in either research/academia; non-government and civil society; government; or business.  Master’s degree required; Ph.D. or research background strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge/Skills Requirements: Strong analytical and writing skills. Successful applicants will have an intimate understanding of education development issues and/or issues related to development and gender.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Applicants selected for the fellowship will receive a living stipend of USD $5,000 a month (subject to U.S. tax withholding), paid housing for the four-and-a-half-month term, and round-trip travel expenses.

Duration of Programme: The research project must take place within a 7-8-month timeframe of pre-residency and residency work. Data collection must be completed by the scholar at home prior to the start of the residency at Brookings in Washington, D.C. Analysis and writing must be completed during the residency. The residency will begin on or around September 2021 and end in December 2021.

How to Apply: The application for the 2021 Echidna Global Scholars Program is now open and can be accessed here. Please note that the application deadline is February 19, 2021 and that the tentative residency dates will be from September – December 2021. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Brookings Institution

  • Please note that this position is a part- time resident fellowship at Brookings (it is not an employee position).
  • Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.