Robert S. McNamara Phd Research Fellowships

World Bank
PhD Research Fellowships

Deadline: 14 Dec 2016 (annual)
Study in:  any Country
Research starts July-Dec 2017

Brief description:

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program awards fellowships of up to $25,000 annually for developing country PhD candidates to conduct innovative, development-related, doctoral research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad through a residency period of 6 to 10 months.

Host Institution(s):

Your fellowship can take place at any host institution in the world as long as the following conditions are met: (i) the host institution is in a World Bank member country. (ii) the host institution is outside the developing country where you have citizenship. (iii) the host institution is outside the country where you are a current resident. (iv) if you currently reside in a country outside the developing country where you have citizenship, that country must be a developing country.

Level/Fields of Research:

Doctoral research in development-related topics

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Target group:

Nationals of a Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

RSMFP provides up to $25,000 (U.S.) for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a host advisor at a university, research or development institution in a World Bank member country. Scholarship covers a 6 to 10 month period.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a fellowship award:

• You are a national of a Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

• You are not a national of any country not eligible to receive World Bank financing (for example, you cannot be a dual citizen of a country that cannot receive World Bank financing)

• You are currently enrolled in a PhD program in a World Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

• While enrolled in the PhD program, you have resided in a World Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

• You will have completed all coursework and exams required by your PhD program at the time of application deadline.

• You are 35 years or younger on the Application Deadline date

• You are not an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group (The World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes). Nor are you a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew

• You have not previously been the recipient of the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program.

• You are accepted as a visiting scholar for a period of six to ten months by a university or research center in a World Bank member country other than your country of citizenship and, if applicable, other than a developing country in which you currently reside.

• Your research proposal for RSMFP funding is endorsed by your PhD thesis supervisor and your host institution research advisor.

• You can begin your proposed fellowship between April and September 2017

• You are able to complete your proposed fellowship research in 6 to 10 months.

Application instructions:

This program may be restructured. There are no plans to call for fellowship applications before Fall 2018.

Applications will be received only through the online application site. Only completed applications will be accepted and reviewed. Deadline is 12 noon, Washington D.C time (Eastern Standard Time/EST) on Tuesday, 14 December 2016.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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