East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Visiting Fellowship 2017

East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Visiting Fellowship 2017

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of social or economic development projects in East Africa. During a four-month fellowship, researchers will be based at the University of California, Berkeley during the Fall academic semester (approximately August 20 – December 20, 2017).  Selected fellows are able to audit courses, present research, attend seminars, develop curricula and design collaborative research projects.

Fellowship

  • Fellows receive a living stipend, round-trip economy class air travel to Berkeley, CA, and the opportunity to receive seed funding promote impact evaluation at their home institution in East Africa.

Eligibility

  • Be a resident of an East African country participating in EASST (i.e. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda);
  • Have a PhD or Master’s degree (completed within the last 8 years) or be enrolled in a PhD program in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline;
  • Hold a staff position at a research institution, university or other organization in East Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
  • Have participated in or have familiarity with impact evaluation research (either randomized or quasi-experimental studies) and econometrics;
  • Have participated in field-based data collection and rigorous empirical research/analysis;
  • Be computer literate, familiar with software programs such as STATA or R, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker;
  • Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa for at least 1 year after the fellowship; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities.
  • Applicants interested in infectious diseases, women’s empowerment, agriculture, or digital credit will be given preference.
  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to fellows who have been enrolled in a doctoral program in a relevant field of study.

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates must

  • Demonstrate strong quantitative skills, with past coursework in economics or statistics.
  • Demonstrate an interest in rigorous program evaluation, policy analysis, and micro-level field data collection.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to engaging policy-makers and disseminating research findings.
  • Submit a clear and innovative research proposal to evaluate a specific public policy or program, using impact evaluation methodologies

Application Process

Download the following materials and submit them through the online platform:

If you are unable to access the online system, please email Kuranda Morgan via kmorgan@berkeley.edu, to request an application in WORD or RTF.

Application Timeline

  • Release of Request for Applications: January 19, 2017
  • Application deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Application review: Week of April 3 – 14, 2017
  • Selected interviews: Week of April 17 – 21, 2017
  • Notification of selections: Week of April 24 – 28, 2017
  • Deadline to accept: Friday, 5 May 2017

For more information, visit EASST Fellowships.

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