Release date: October 13, 2022
Application deadline: December 13, 2022
Fellowship period: September – December 2023
The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) / DevLab@Penn is committed to building capacity for rigorous research on pressing policy challenges facing low- and middle-income countries, by providing training and research opportunities for emerging researchers.
In service of this mission, we are inviting researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa interested in deepening their skills in quantitative social science, developing collaborative research projects, and building their academic networks, to apply for a semester-long fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, to be completed during the 2023 Fall semester (September – December 2023). This fellowship is being implemented with technical assistance from the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).
Each visiting fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor affiliated with PDRI-DevLab, a network of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania whose research seeks to identify solutions to the challenges facing LMICs. PDRI-DevLab faculty affiliates study a wide variety of development topics, including governance, education, migration, health, labor markets, and other topics. Each fellow will be further paired with a PDRI-affiliated PhD student.
Visiting fellows will have the opportunity to audit doctoral-level classes, carry out independent research, present their research, receive mentorship from faculty, and launch collaborative research partnerships with Penn faculty and graduate students.
PDRI will cover the costs of room and board in Philadelphia, health insurance, a monthly stipend, visa fees, and round-trip economy airfare for selected fellows, with a total level of support of approximately $15,000. Please note that PDRI-DevLab does not provide financial support for spouses or other family members.
After completing the fellowship, fellows are expected to return to their home university or research institute in Sub-Saharan Africa and assume a leading role in promoting the use of impact evaluations and evidence-based public policy, while continuing to collaborate on research projects initiated with Penn colleagues. Although we currently don’t have earmarked grant funds for scholars, there are numerous research grant opportunities which our staff will assist connecting scholars with.
Applicants to the PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship must:
Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please direct any questions about eligibility or any other issues to our staff team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of fellowship slots: A total of three fellows will be accepted for the 2023 fall semester. These are available for fellows meeting the above eligibility criteria.
During the fellowship, visiting researchers will have the opportunity to:
To respond to this RFA, please submit the following information and documents through this Jotform link by December 13, at 23:59 ET:
If you have any questions or technical difficulties submitting your application, please email email@example.com.
|October 13, 2022||Release of Request for Applications|
|December 13, 2022||Application deadline|
|Dec 2022||Application review|
|Jan – Feb 2023||Interviews with shortlisted candidates|
|Feb 2023||Notification of final selection|
We may run into delays with this process, and appreciate your patience. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties or have a question before the submission deadline, please direct any questions to our staff team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must submit a research proposal of no more than 2 pages along with their fellowship application. Your research proposal should lay the groundwork for a full research project, to be further developed over the course of your fellowship. The proposed project should be a quantitative (or mixed-methods) research project related to economic or political development, education, agriculture, health, migration, financial inclusion, or a related topic. While the research questions should be very clear, demonstrating your ability to think through a rigorous research design, the 2-page proposal need not be fully fleshed out with details about e.g., implementing partners, field research plan, etc.
The proposal must not exceed two pages and must include the following seven sections (do not leave any section blank):