EASST Collaborative Visiting Fellowship 2019 for East African Researchers – University of California, Berkeley

EASST Collaborative Visiting Fellowship 2019The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month visiting fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 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 application deadline is:  11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Friday, March 1st 2019.
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 20th 2019) or the spring academic semester (approximately January 16 – May 16th 2020).
Each Visiting Fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor affiliated with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA),a research network based in the United States. A list of CEGA faculty affiliates is available online at http://cega.berkeley.edu/faculty/. 
CEGA staff and PhD students will provide additional mentorship during the fellowship and after the scholar returns home. 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


Applicants to the EASST program must:
  • Be a national of 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 a former EASST 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.

How to apply

Required Documents:
Please ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted in English.
1. Personal Statement(1 page): Please describe your personal motivations for applying to the EASST fellowshipof all fellowships available to you, why are you particularly interested in EASST? What do you hope to accomplish during the semester and beyond? 
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Transcript of any coursework completed within at least the last 5 years (i.e. your scores or grades from university courses). Scanned copy is acceptable.
4. Research Proposal: Not to exceed 2 pages. During the fellowship, you should work on the proposal you have submitted, unless you decide to change it (with agreement from CEGA staff and your mentor).
5. Evidence of Leave Approval from the applicant’s supervisor or department chair demonstrating support and certifying that, if the applicant is selected, he/she will be able to take a 4month leave of absence.  
6. Lettersof Recommendation (2 required, 1 optional)
aRequired: One academic letter that describes the applicant’s research capacity, quantitative skills,and qualifications for the EASST fellowship.
bRequired: One letter from a government agency or policy maker indicating the fellows past policy engagement or engagement potential.
c)If you are applying with only a master’sdegree (not currently working towards a PhD), you must submit a reference letter fromaformerEASST fellow to apply. .
7. OPTIONAL: You may attach one working paperor publication.
All documents should be submitted at the following link by March 1st, 2019:
For more information,please visit FEASST Visiting Fellow 2019


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