The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP)

Deadline: 25 April 2019
Open to: nationals of a World Bank member developing country PhD program in a member developing country of the World Bank , 35 years of age or younger 
Benefits: up to USD 25,000  for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research

Description

The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) provides support to developing country nationals who are Ph.D. candidates in developing countries.  RSMFP offers 6–10 months of funding up to USD 25,000 to conduct Ph.D. research in a World Bank member country other than the Fellow’s home country or country of residence. RSMFP was established in 1982 with USD 2.8 million in funding from the World Bank and the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia.

Eligibility

Applicants Must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
  • Be 35 years of age or younger on the Application Deadline date;
  • Be enrolled in a PhD program in a member developing country of the World Bank at the time of application
  • Reside in a member developing country of the World Bank since enrolled in the PhD program;
  • Have completed all coursework and exam requirements for attaining a PhD at the time of application;
  • Have a PhD thesis centered on a field of development.
  • Not be a staff member (which includes consultant) or a relative of a staff member of the World Bank Group

Benefits

RSMFP provides up to USD 25,000  for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related Ph.D. 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. Details on eligible expenditures are provided in the Application Guidelines.

How to apply?

The RSMFP application must be completed online by the Application Deadline date and include:

  • The completed application form
  • An agreement to the terms and conditions for an RSMFP fellowship listed on the Application Form’s Signature Page;
  • A completed recommendation form submitted online by the host university research advisor; and
  • A completed recommendation form submitted online by the PhD Thesis supervisor.

All required documents must be uploaded online. Any documents an applicant provides by email, post or any means other than the online application form will not be reviewed.

For more information, please check the official website.