Application Deadline: February 10, 2020
EASST Visiting Fellowship 2020/2021 for East African social scientist invites researchers interested in developing their skills in impact evaluation to apply for a 4-month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 2020 (August- December) or Spring 2021 (January – May).
To be eligible, researchers must be East African nationals who hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, or South Sudan. 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.
Launched in 2009, the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative is a multi-institution research network with a mission to promote rigorous evaluation of social and economic development programs in East Africa. EASST builds localleadership in evaluation research by offering competitive fellowships and grants to junior social scientists at East African research institutions. EASST also facilitates collaboration between U.S. and East African researchers. Through these and other activities, EASST seeks to empower the “next generation” of social scientists to measure the impacts of development interventions, and then translate research findings into better public policies.
- To be eligible, researchers must be East African nationals who hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda,Burundi, or South Sudan.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.
- 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).
- Have a current affiliation with a research institution, university or other research organization in East Africa,preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research.
- Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa after the fellowship.If currently enrolled in a PhD program outside the African continent,scholars may complete their PhD before their return.
During the fellowship period, visiting researchers will:
- Participate in seminars and conferences on research in social and economic development;
- Present their own research during seminars and workshops;
- Engage in UC Berkeley coursework, such as a rigorous doctoral-level seminar in impact evaluation;
- Carry out an independent research project under the mentorship of a CEGA faculty member (projects can use existing data for retrospective analysis or set-up a study design for future data collection);
- Meet and collaborate with faculty andstudents in multiple academic departments;
- Visit and present at other CEGA campuses, including UC San Diego,UCLA,and/or Stanford University;
- Design impact evaluation curricula that will be taught at an East African institution;
- Participate in policy dissemination by contributing to policy briefs, attending meetings with policymakers and stakeholders, and presenting at events.
Are you qualified? Follow the link below to apply;