Applications are open for the CEGA Fellowship Program 2023-2024. The CEGA Fellowship Program equips early-career African social scientists with the skills to carry out rigorous impact evaluations of economic development programmes and become champions for evidence-informed policy.
Selected researchers will audit courses, develop skills in impact evaluation, access a personalized mentorship programme to develop their research ideas, and build their research networks. Successful fellows will be invited to join the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA).
They invite researchers from East and West Africa to apply for one of two opportunities:
- A Resident fellowship during Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 in-person at the University of California, Berkeley or Northwestern University
- A Non-Resident Fellowship, a virtual version of the flagship resident fellowship where fellows engage remotely for 12 weeks, at about 15-20 hours per week.
Eligibility for CEGA Fellowship
Applicants to the CEGA Fellowship Programme must:
- Be a national of an East African or Anglophone West African country (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Somalia, and Cameroon);
- Be fluent in English;
- Have completed a Masters degree or a PhD within the last 8 years, or be enrolled in a PhD programme in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline;
- Have a current affiliation with a research institution, university or other research organization in East or West Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
- [Resident Only] Plan to return to a research institute in East or West Africa after the resident fellowship at UC Berkeley or Northwestern University. If currently enrolled in a PhD programme outside the African continent, scholars may complete their PhD before their return.
Application of CEGA Fellowship
To respond to the 2023-2024 CEGA Visiting Fellowship Request for Applications (RFA), submit the following information and documents by Thursday, February 23, at 5 pm GMT:
- Personal Statement (1 page): describe your personal motivations for applying to the CEGA Visiting Fellowship–of all fellowships available to you, why are you particularly interested in this programme? What do you hope to accomplish during the fellowship and beyond? Also comment on your ability to commit to the fellowship (Resident or Non-Resident) and how this will fit into your current commitments.
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume: In your CV, also include relevant quantitative coursework you have completed.
- 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).
- 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 4-month leave of absence.
- Name and contact information for two referees: Provide a name, email, phone number, and affiliation for two individuals (supervisors, senior colleagues, professors) who can speak to your research capacity, quantitative skills, and qualifications for the CEGA fellowship.
- OPTIONAL: You may attach one working paper or publication.
Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.
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