Call for application for East and West Africa Nationals to the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Non-Resident Fellowship 2021 for Social Scientists (Stipend available)

Are you an early-career African social scientist?  Then you should apply for the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Non Resident Fellowship 2021. 

Selected researchers will have a chance to remotely audit courses at Berkeley or other universities, develop skills in impact evaluation, and have access to a personalized mentorship program to develop their research ideas.

Application Deadline: June 21, 2021

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Benefits

  • Fellows will receive a stipend to support their internet data costs and their time spent on the fellowship.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to :

  • Nationals of East or West Africa (includes Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Somalia)

Requirements

Applicants must :

  • Have completed a Master’s degree within the last 10 years in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline; 
  • Or be pursuing a PhD; or have completed PhD in last 10 years;
  • Have a current affiliation with a research institution, university or other research organization in Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research.

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Application Instructions

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About the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Non-Resident Fellowship

Center for Effective Global Action

The CEGA Non-Resident Fellowship seeks to equip early career African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. Selected researchers will have a chance to remotely audit courses at Berkeley or other universities, develop skills in impact evaluation, and have access to a personalized mentorship program to develop their research ideas.

Each non-resident fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor affiliated with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a research center based at UC Berkeley. A list of CEGA faculty affiliates is available online. CEGA staff and PhD students will provide additional mentorship during the fellowship.

CEGA Non-Resident Fellows will be engaged remotely for 12weeks, at about 15-20 hours per week. Fellows will receive a stipend to support their internet data costs and their time spent on the fellowship.

CEGA non-resident Fellows will be considered a member of the East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative(EASST) network. They will also be invited to join the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa(NIERA), an association of African scholars seeking to advance decision-focused impact evaluation of development programs through capacity building, evidence generation and policy outreach. Through these networks fellows will have access to annual research grant competitions, online and in-person convenings, training workshops, and more.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Application Deadline is 5:00 PM GMT on June 21, 2021
  • Application review and short impact evaluation test: June 21-July 2, 2021
  • Interviews with shortlisted candidates: July 5-9, 2021
  • Notification of final selections: July 12, 2021
  • CEGA Non-Resident Fellows will be engaged remotely for 12 weeks, at about 15-20 hours per week. CEGA Non Resident Fellows will be considered a member of the East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative (EASST) network. 
  • They will also be invited to join the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA), an association of African scholars seeking to advance decision-focused impact evaluation of development programs through capacity building, evidence generation and policy outreach.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Successful candidates must:

  • Demonstrate strong analytic skills, with past coursework in economics or statistics;
  • Have participated in or have familiarity with impact evaluation research(either randomized or quasi-experimental studies),policy analysis, and micro-level field data collection;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and experience with engaging policy-makers and implementing bodies and disseminating research findings;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to institutionalizing rigorous evidence within their institution;
  • Submit a clear and innovative research proposal to evaluate a specific public policy or program in Africa, using a randomized controlled trial or quasi-experimental methodologies;
  • Be computer literate, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker.
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