The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) provides support to developing country nationals who are PhD candidates in developing countries. RSMFP offers 6–10 months of funding up to $25,000 to conduct PhD research in a World Bank member country other than the Fellow’s 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 Yugoslavia.
The applicants must:
- Be a national of a World Bank member developing country
- Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country
- Be 35 years of age or younger on the Application Deadline date
- Be enrolled in a PhD program in a member developing country of the World Bank at the time of application
- Reside in a member developing country of the World Bank since enrolled in the PhD program
- Have completed all coursework and exam requirements for attaining a PhD at the time of application
- Have a PhD thesis centered on a field of development
- Not be a staff member (which includes consultant) or a relative of a staff member of the World Bank Group
Amount of Scholarship
RSMFP provides up to $25,000 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.
How to Apply
The application must include:
- Application form
- An agreement to the terms and conditions for an RSMFP fellowship listed on the Application Form’s Signature Page
- A recommendation form by the host university research advisor
- A recommendation form by the PhD thesis supervisor
Two qualified reviewers independently review each eligible application to assess the following:
- Quality of the proposed fellowship (70%)
- Prospects for a productive career in research on development post-PhD (30%)
The last date to apply is 25 April 2019.
For further information about the scholarships, visit the official website.