World Bank Robert S. McNamara (RSM) Fellowships Program for Developing Countries 2022

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara (RSM) International Fellowship is for Doctoral students to study in a World Bank country, in development-related fields.

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.

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.

About World Bank

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

Together, IBRD and IDA form the World Bank, which provides financing, policy advice, and technical assistance to governments of developing countries. IDA focuses on the world�s poorest countries, while IBRD assists middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries.

Aim and Benefits of World Bank Fellowships Program

Value of World Bank Robert S. McNamara Award: The RSMFP offers competitive compensation, totalling $42,750 net of income taxes per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid in monthly instalments). Since the fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington D.C., the World Bank’s HR Operations unit will assist the selected candidates with their ap­plication for a G4 visa.

Requirements for World Bank Fellowships Program Qualification

To be considered for the RSMFP, applicants must be:

  1. Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries;
  2. Graduates of MA level studies or currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field;
  3. No more than 35 years of age (by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts);
  4. Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Interview date, Process and Venue for World Bank Fellowships Program

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.

Documents Required for Application

  • Resume
  • 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)

Application Deadline

April 4, 2022

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to World Bank on survey.wb.surveycto.com to apply

Applicants will have the option to select in the application whether they would like to be hosted by the Development research department or the Impact evaluation department in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

For more details, visit the World Bank website

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