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Call for Applications: Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program

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The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) matches aspiring development economics researchers from developing countries with World Bank research economists creating unique opportunities for the fellows to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC). Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for 8 months (September to May each year) and work under the supervision of researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Development Research Group departments, engaging in high-quality and policy-relevant research projects.

By working with World Bank DEC researchers and their external academic collaborators from top universities, fellows will learn current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and network with leading researchers in their field. They will have a unique opportunity to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research and widen their perspective on potential development questions, and how their research can address challenges in the developing world.

The window for applications is now open and will accept applications until April 30. For more detailed information regarding the application please go to “apply” page.

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After completing the program, fellows will return to their home country or university to continue their studies and/or use their new skills to contribute to economic development issues.

Key Program Features

Professional experience: Fellows will work on World Bank projects under the direct supervision of World Bank DEC researchers and will be offered training on cutting-edge research practices and technologies and engage with the World Bank operations. Depending on the nature of projects, they will have the opportunity to contribute to DEC’s published work and potentially co-author with DEC researchers, join field missions, and directly engage with our clients.

Capacity building:  Fellows will receive a one-week technical onboarding at the start of the program, including training on reproducible research practices. Throughout the program, fellows will participate in periodic continuing education trainings and events, to further build skills. Through their work with DEC economists, fellows will enhance their ability to identify, study, and write about important development policy questions.

Research dissemination: Fellows will be invited to write a blog based on their fellowship research with the DEC researchers. This is an opportunity to showcase research and contribution to development policy discussions. Each year, the top 4 blogs will be published on DEC’s Let’s Talk Development blog.

Compensation & Benefits

The RSMFP offers a competitive compensation, totaling $42,750 net of income taxes per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid in monthly installments). Since the fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington D.C., the World Bank’s HR Operations unit will assist the selected candidates with their ap­plication for G4 visa.

Note: The fellowship does not cover travel expenses.

Governance

The RSMFP governance includes a Steering Committee, Selection Committee and a Secretariat. The Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the World Bank Executive Director offices of the donor countries, meets annually to review progress. The Selection Committee, comprised of World Bank DEC directors from the research and impact evaluation departments, makes selection decisions based on the selection criteria and fellowships development objectives. The Secretariat supports the Selection Committee in all of its work and manages day-to-day operations, prepares policies and procedures, oversees onboarding, and manages development partner relations.

RSMFP Secretariat

For general inquiries, contact us at rsm_fellowships@worldbank.org

To be considered for the RSMFP, applicants must be:

  1. Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries;
  2. Graduates of MA level studies or currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field;
  3. No more than 35 years of age (by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts);
  4. Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Research programs

Applicants will have the option to select in the application whether they would like to be hosted by the Development research department or the Impact evaluation department in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

Selection process

Applications for the fellowship are open annually between March and April for cohorts starting in September of the same year. Applicants must submit a resume, a statement of research interests, contact details for a letter of recommendation, a writing sample (optional), and a code sample (optional). The statement of research interests should describe research interests and indicate the research programs of interest within DEC. Fellowships will be awarded based on application materials and demonstrated skills in required software. Cohort formation will seek to achieve geographical and gender representation.

The window for applications is now open – please apply here.

Filling the application form takes approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked to indicate which research programs in the Development Research and Impact Evaluation departments best align with your research interests and may be prompted to answer multiple choice questions about your technical skills. Before starting your application, be ready to upload:

  • Your resume in PDF format
  • A statement of purpose in PDF format with no more than 500 words
  • The contact of at least one academic reference
  • Writing sample (optional): sole-authored research documents that best reflect the applicant’s English writing skills
  • Code sample (optional): sole-authored script that best reflect the applicant’s coding skills

For more information please open this link

https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships/brief/robert-s-mcnamara-fellowships-program#overview

The organizations that make up the World Bank Group are owned by the governments of member nations, which have the ultimate decision-making power within the organizations on all matters, including policy, financial or membership issues.

Member countries govern the World Bank Group through the Boards of Governors and the Boards of Executive Directors. These bodies make all major decisions for the organizations.

To become a member of the Bank, under the IBRD Articles of Agreement, a country must first join the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Membership in IDA, IFC and MIGA are conditional on membership in IBRD.

In tandem with the IMF, and in consultation with other World Bank Group staff, the Corporate Secretariat Vice Presidency coordinates the process for new membership and maintains the information relating to the status of membership which includes the membership lists.


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  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development189 countries
Country / Date of Membership
 Afghanistan, Jul 14, 1955
Albania, Oct 15, 1991
Algeria, Sep 26, 1963
Angola, Sep 19, 1989
Antigua and Barbuda, Sep 22, 1983
Argentina, Sep 20, 1956
Armenia, Sep 16, 1992
Australia, Aug 5, 1947
Austria, Aug 27, 1948
Azerbaijan, Sep 18, 1992
Bahamas, The Aug 21, 1973
Bahrain, Sep 15, 1972
Bangladesh, Aug 17, 1972
Barbados, Sep 12, 1974
Belarus, Jul 10, 1992
Belgium, Dec 27, 1945
Belize, Mar 19, 1982
Benin, Jul 10, 1963
Bhutan, Sep 28, 1981
Bolivia, Dec 27, 1945
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Feb 25, 1993
Botswana, Jul 24, 1968
Brazil, Jan 14, 1946
Brunei Darussalam, Oct 10, 1995
Bulgaria, Sep 25, 1990
Burkina Faso, May 2, 1963
Burundi, Sep 28, 1963
Cabo Verde, Nov 20, 1978
Cambodia, Jul 22, 1970
Cameroon, Jul 10, 1963
Canada, Dec 27, 1945
Central African Republic, Jul 10, 1963
Chad, Jul 10, 1963
Chile, Dec 31, 1945
China, Dec 27, 1945
Colombia, Dec 24, 1946
Comoros, Oct 28, 1976
Congo, Democratic Republic of, Sep 28, 1963
Congo, Republic of, Jul 10, 1963
Costa Rica, Jan 8, 1946
Cote d’Ivoire, Mar 11, 1963
Croatia, Feb 25, 1993
Cyprus, Dec 21, 1961
Czech Republic, Jan 1, 1993
Denmark, Mar 30, 1946
Djibouti, Oct 1, 1980
Dominica, Sep 29, 1980
Dominican Republic, Sep 18, 1961
Ecuador, Dec 28, 1945
Egypt, Arab Republic of, Dec 27, 1945
El Salvador, Mar 14, 1946
Equatorial Guinea, Jul 1, 1970
Eritrea, Jul 6, 1994
Estonia, Jun 23, 1992
Eswatini, Sep 22, 1969
Ethiopia, Dec 27, 1945
Fiji, May 28, 1971
Finland, Jan 14, 1948
France, Dec 27, 1945
Gabon, Sep 10, 1963
Gambia, The, Oct 18, 1967
Georgia, Aug 7, 1992
Germany, Aug 14, 1952
Ghana, Sep 20, 1957
Greece, Dec 27, 1945
Grenada, Aug 27, 1975
Guatemala, Dec 28, 1945
Guinea, Sep 28, 1963
Guinea-Bissau, Mar 24, 1977
Guyana, Sep 26, 1966
Haiti, Sep 8, 1953
Honduras, Dec 27, 1945
Hungary, Jul 7, 1982
Iceland, Dec 27, 1945
India, Dec 27, 1945
Indonesia, Apr 13, 1967
Iran, Islamic Republic of, Dec 29, 1945
Iraq, Dec 27, 1945
Ireland, Aug 8, 1957
Israel, Jul 12, 1954
Italy, Mar 27, 1947
Jamaica, Feb 21, 1963
Japan, Aug 13, 1952
Jordan, Aug 29, 1952
Kazakhstan, Jul 23, 1992
Kenya, Feb 3, 1964
Kiribati, Sep 29, 1986
Korea, Republic of, Aug 26, 1955
Kosovo, Jun 29, 2009
Kuwait, Sep 13, 1962
Kyrgyz Republic, Sep 18, 1992
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Jul 5, 1961
Latvia, Aug 11, 1992
Lebanon, Apr 14, 1947
Lesotho, Jul 25, 1968
Country / Date of Membership
 Liberia, Mar 28, 1962
Libya, Sep 17, 1958
Lithuania, Jul 6, 1992
Luxembourg, Dec 27, 1945
Madagascar, Sep 25, 1963
Malawi, Jul 19, 1965
Malaysia, Mar 7, 1958
Maldives, Jan 13, 1978
Mali, Sep 27, 1963
Malta, Sep 26, 1983
Marshall Islands, May 21, 1992
Mauritania, Sep 10, 1963
Mauritius, Sep 23, 1968
Mexico, Dec 31, 1945
Micronesia, Federated States of, Jun 24, 1993
Moldova, Aug 12, 1992
Mongolia, Feb 14, 1991
Montenegro, Jan 18, 2007
Morocco, Apr 25, 1958
Mozambique, Sep 24, 1984
Myanmar, Jan 3, 1952
Namibia, Sep 25, 1990
Nauru, Apr 12, 2016
Nepal, Sep 6, 1961
Netherlands, Dec 27, 1945
New Zealand, Aug 31, 1961
Nicaragua, Mar 14, 1946
Niger, Apr 24, 1963
Nigeria, Mar 30, 1961
North Macedonia, Feb 25, 1993
Norway, Dec 27, 1945
Oman, Dec 23, 1971
Pakistan, Jul 11, 1950
Palau, Dec 16, 1997
Panama, Mar 14, 1946
Papua New Guinea, Oct 9, 1975
Paraguay, Dec 28, 1945
Peru, Dec 31, 1945
Philippines, Dec 27, 1945
Poland, Jun 27, 1986
Portugal, Mar 29, 1961
Qatar, Sep 25, 1972
Romania, Dec 15, 1972
Russian Federation, Jun 16, 1992
Rwanda, Sep 30, 1963
Samoa, Jun 28, 1974
San Marino, Sep 21, 2000
Sao Tome and Principe, Sep 30, 1977
Saudi Arabia, Aug 26, 1957
Senegal, Aug 31, 1962
Serbia, Feb 25, 1993
Seychelles, Sep 29, 1980
Sierra Leone, Sep 10, 1962
Singapore, Aug 3, 1966
Slovak Republic, Jan 1, 1993
Slovenia, Feb 25, 1993
Solomon Islands, Sep 22, 1978
Somalia, Aug 31, 1962
South Africa, Dec 27, 1945
South Sudan, Apr 18, 2012
Spain, Sep 15, 1958
Sri Lanka, Aug 29, 1950
St. Kitts and Nevis, Aug 15, 1984
St. Lucia, Jun 27, 1980
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Aug 31, 1982
Sudan, Sep 5, 1957
Suriname, Jun 27, 1978
Sweden, Aug 31, 1951
Switzerland, May 29, 1992
Syrian Arab Republic, Apr 10, 1947
Tajikistan, Jun 4, 1993
Tanzania, Sep 10, 1962
Thailand, May 3, 1949
Timor-Leste, Jul 23, 2002
Togo, Aug 1, 1962
Tonga, Sep 13, 1985
Trinidad and Tobago, Sep 16, 1963
Tunisia, Apr 14, 1958
Turkey, Mar 11, 1947
Turkmenistan, Sep 22, 1992
Tuvalu, Jun 24, 2010
Uganda, Sep 27, 1963
Ukraine, Sep 3, 1992
United Arab Emirates, Sep 22, 1972
United Kingdom, Dec 27, 1945
United States, Dec 27, 1945
Uruguay, Mar 11, 1946
Uzbekistan, Sep 21, 1992
Vanuatu, Sep 28, 1981
Venezuela, Republica Bolivariana de, Dec 30, 1946
Vietnam, Sep 21, 1956
Yemen, Republic of, Oct 3, 1969
Zambia, Sep 23, 1965
Zimbabwe, Sep 29, 1980

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