2015/2016 EASST Visiting Scholar Fellowship for East Africans -University of California Berkeley, USA

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Applications are due on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.
The EASST Collaborative invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California Berkeley, to be completed during the 2015-16 academic year.
The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to
carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. During a four-month fellowship,researchers will be based at the University of California Berkeley.
Fellows may visit either during the Fall semester ( approximately August 20- December 20, 2015) or the Spring semester (approximately January 20- May 20, 2016)
ELIGIBILITY
Eligible candidates for all EASST programs must:
  • 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 graduate 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);
  • Have participated in field-based data collection and rigorous empirical research/analysis;
  • Be computer literate,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
Benefits:
  • The fellowship program will pay for room and board in Berkeley, health insurance, monthly stipend, visa fees, and roundtrip economy air travel for the selected Fellow.
  • CEGA staff will provide mentorship not only throughout the semester, but also once the scholar returns home. Please note that the fellowship does NOT include financial provisions or support for any additional family members or spouses.
  • Upon completing the fellowship, scholars are expected to return to a university or research institute in East Africa and assume a leading role in the global effort to use rigorous evaluation and evidence for economic development.
  • Small grants of up to $8,000 will be provided to scholars who return to their home institution,to hold trainings in impact evaluation, build institutional capacity, or to forge new linkages with government policymaker
SELECTION CRITERIA
Successful candidates must:
• Demonstrate strong analytic skills, with past course work in economics or statistics.
• Demonstrate an interest in rigorous program evaluation, policy analysis, and micro-level field data collection.
• Submit a clear and innovative research proposal to evaluate a specific public policy or program, using randomized controlled trial or quasi-experimental methodologies.
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