2019 World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program for PhD Candidates
Deadline: May 2, 2019.
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) provides support to developing country citizens (.xlsx) who are current PhD candidates studying in developing countries, funding up to $25,000 to conduct PhD research on a development topic in a World Bank member country other than the Fellow’s home country or country of residence.This is a wonderful opportunity for the most promising developing nation researchers to advance their doctoral work with the best international advisors and host institutions in their fields of study.
The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
i. Be a national of a World Bank member country that is eligible to receive World Bank
ii. Not be a dual citizen of any country that is not eligible to receive World Bank financing.
iii. Be enrolled at the time you submit your application in a PhD program in a World Bank member country that is eligible to receive World Bank financing.
iv. While enrolled in a PhD program, have been residing in a World Bank member country that is eligible to receive World Bank financing.
v. Have completed all coursework and exams required by your PhD program at the time you submit your application.
vi. Be 35 years or younger on the Application Deadline date.
vii. On or after the date the call for RSMFP applications opens, not be an Executive
Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment (including
temporary and consultant) 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 be 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.
viii. Not previously been the recipient of a fellowship from RSMFP.
ix. At the time of the RSMFP application submission, be accepted as a visiting scholar for a period of six to ten months that will start sometime between September and December 2019 by a university or research institution 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.
x. At the time of your RSMFP application submission, your research proposal for RSMFP funding is endorsed by your PhD Thesis Supervisor and your Host Institution Research Advisor.
xi. Plan and be able to begin the RSMFP fellowship between September 2019 and
xii. Plan and be able to complete your proposed RSMFP-funded fellowship research within a n 6 to 10-month period from the start date of your RSMFP fellowship.
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. The Scholarship covers a 6 to 10 month period.
Guidance for this call for RSMFP fellowship applications, including this call’s: (i) instructions and requirements to submit an application, the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided in the Application Guidelines and FAQs. Please read these documents before starting your application.
Once you are familiar with the application requirements and processes, click HERE to apply, and refer to the Accessing the online application and Navigating the online application to learn how to access and navigate the online application.
i) You will be required to upload a proposed budget for RSM financing in the application. The template you are required to use for this budget can be downloaded here.
ii) Regarding some eligibility criteria you may want to refer to the list of World Bank member countries, and to the list of World Bank member countries that can receive Bank financing.
iii) The FAQs document will be updated on an as needed basis during the call for applications to ensure clarity of instructions.