World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program




Deadline         : 2 November,2016

Country           : Home country or other World Bank member country

Course Level   : P.H.D

Duration           : 6-10 months


The World Bank Scholarships Programs contributes to the World Bank Group’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world. The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) provides support to developing country nationals who are PhD candidates from developing countries and working in academic and research institutions in a developing country who seek 6-10 months of funding to conduct PhD research in a World Bank member country other than their home country or country of residence. RSMFP was established in 1982 with $2.8 million in funding from the World Bank and the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are a citizen of a Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing.
  • You are enrolled in a PhD program in a World Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing at the time you submit your application.
  • You are 35 years or younger on the Application Deadline date.
  • You are not an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group (The World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes). Nor are you a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption  You have not previously been the recipient of the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program.
  • You are accepted as a visiting scholar for a period of six to ten months by a university or research institution in a World Bank member country other than your country of citizenship and, if applicable, other than a developing country in which you currently reside
  • Your research proposal for RSMFP funding is endorsed by your PhD thesis supervisor and your host institution research advisor. xi. You can begin your proposed fellowship between April and September 2017.
  • You are able to complete your proposed fellowship research in 6 to 10 months

Scholarship Benifits

RSMFP provides up to $25,000 (U.S.) for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a host advisor at a university, research or development institution in a World Bank member country. Scholarship covers a 6 to 10 month period.

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