2015 Echidna Global Scholars Program – Center for Universal Education at Brookings (fully-funded)

2015 Echidna Global Scholars Program – Center for Universal Education at Brookings (fully-funded)

Deadline: December 19 2014

The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution is now accepting applications for the 2015 Echidna Global Scholars Program. The Center seeks to help build expertise on girls’ education policies and programs in developing countries.

This program is designed to offer guest scholars from developing countries the opportunity to pursue their own independent research on global education issues with a specific focus on girls’ education. Echidna scholars will also be supported to develop and implement a plan to share their expertise with their home institution to further build research capacity and expertise.

Echidna Global Scholars leverage developing country perspectives while spending around five months at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. As part of their visiting fellowship, scholars pursue research on global education issues with an emphasis on girls’ education.


The Echidna Global Scholars Program fits within the broader Global Compact on Learning work stream by aligning the research plans of the Echidna scholars with a collaborative research agenda. During their four-and-a-half month residency from August 1, 2015, to mid-December 2015, at The Brookings Institution;

  • Echidna scholars will work with the Center staff on developing their specific research project and may then work with the Brookings communications team to develop a strategy for policy impact
  • Echidna scholars will also participate in training and networking opportunities
  • Echidna scholars will draw on the resources of Brookings’ scholars, as well as the extended public policy community in Washington, D.C. by participating in additional meetings and conferences and networking with the broader development community.


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.


The Center is seeking exceptional applicants committed to girls’ education who seek the opportunity to build their research and analytical skills.

  • Applicants should have a background in education, development, economics, or a related area, a Master’s degree at minimum, and at least 15 years of professional experience. A cohort of 3-4 scholars will be selected.
  • Successful applicants will have an intimate understanding of education development issues and/or issues related to development and gender.
  • Applicants are also encouraged to include areas of research focused on Second Generation education priorities for girls. The five Second Generation priorities include:
    1. ensuring that girls can attend and complete primary and secondary school;
    2. making schools safer and more secure;
    3. improving the quality of learning for girls;
    4. supporting girls’ transition to higher education and employment;
    5. cultivating local country leaders to champion this work at the grassroots level.
  • The research proposals should focus heavily on issues affecting girls’ educational opportunities and learning outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa, South West Asia, and the Middle East.

Additional expectations of Echidna scholars include interacting with other Brookings scholars and the wider policy community, a demonstrated ability to conduct professional, in-depth research and deliver spoken presentations in English.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Application questionnaire and project proposal
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two writing samples with citations
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (emailed directly from references to [email protected])

For more information, visit Echidna Global Scholars Program.