East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative 2019 Visiting Fellowship for African researchers (Fully Funded to University of California, USA)

Application Deadline: March 1st 2019

The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed duringFall 2019(September–December) or Spring 2020(January -May).

To be eligible, researchers must be residents of an East African country (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan,or Uganda)and hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in East Africa.

Applicants must already have a PhD or be working towards a PhD, except in the case that they are directly referred by an EASST fellow. Researchers from quantitative social science disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. Researchers will be based at the University of California, Berkeley for four months during the fall academic semester (approximately August 20th -December 20th2019) or the spring academic semester (approximately January 16 –May 16th2020).


The EASST program will cover the costs of room and board in Berkeley, health insurance, a monthly stipend, visa fees, and round trip economy airfare for selected fellows.

Please note that the fellowship does NOT provide financial support for spouses or other family members.Upon completing the fellowship, scholars are expected to return to a university or research institute in East Africa and assume a leading role in promoting the use of rigorous evidence in economic development.After successful completion of the fellowship, fellows will be eligible for:

1)“catalyst grants” of $5000-$7500 to administer trainings in impact evaluation methods and work to build institutional capacity to conduct rigorous evaluations;
2) research grants of up to $50,000 to work with a CEGA affiliate to conduct an impact evaluation to answer an economic development question in East Africa; and
3) policy engagement grants of $8000-$10,000 to facilitate the scale-up of research and forge meaningful linkages with policymakers.

ELIGIBILITY Applicants to the EASST program must:

Be a nationalof an East African country (i.e. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan,or Uganda);

Have completed a PhD within the last 8 years,or be enrolled in a PhD program in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline(in exceptional cases, the applicants will hold a Masters’ degree in a relevant field and have plans to pursue a PhD in the future. These cases will require a direct referral by aformerEASST fellow);

If not a current student, hold a staff or academic position at a research institution, university or other organization in East Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;

Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa for at least 1 year after the fellowship.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the EASST Collaborative 2019 Visiting Fellowship


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