Robert S. McNamara Phd Research Fellowships

World Bank
PhD Fellowships

Deadline: 3 April 2023 (annual)
Study in:  USA
Research starts Sept 2023-May 2024

Brief description: 

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP) awards fellowships for developing country PhD candidates to conduct innovative, development-related, doctoral research under the supervision of a research advisor at the World Bank in Washington D.C. for 8 months (September to May each year).

Host Institution(s):

World Bank in Washington D.C., USA

Level/Fields of Research:

Doctoral research in a development economics related field (e.g. economics, public policy, political science, data science, statistics, international development, sociology, mathematics).

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Target group:

Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

RSMFP offers a competitive compensation, totaling $44,888 net of income taxes per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid in monthly installments). 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 G4 visa. The fellowship does not cover travel expenses.


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. Fluent in English;
  3. Graduates of MA level studies or currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field;
  4. No more than 35 years of age (by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts);
  5. Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Application instructions:

Applications are done online at the official website. Deadline is 3 April 2023.

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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