Fellowship: East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative

The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative invites African researchers to apply for a 4 month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 2018 (September-December), or Spring 2019 (January -May).To be eligible, researchers must be residents of an East African country (
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan,or Uganda) and hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in East Africa. Applicants must already have a PhD or be working towards a PhD. Researchers from economics, epidemiology, statistics, and other quantitative social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. We will give preference to researchers interested in infectious diseases, agriculture, and digital financial inclusion. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. For this round, the application deadline is: 11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Friday, 30 March 2018.

The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. Researchers will be based at the University of California, Berkeley for four months during the fall academic semester (approximately August 20th -December 20th 2018) or the spring academic semester (approximately January 16 –May 11th2019).

Each Visiting Fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor affiliated with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a research network based in the United States. A list of CEGA faculty affiliates is available online .CEGA staff and PhD students will provide additional mentorship during the fellowship and after the scholar returns home. The EASST program will cover the costs of room and board in Berkeley, health insurance, a monthly stipend, visa fees, and round trip economy air fare for selected Fellows.

Please note that the fellowship does NOT provide financial support for spouses or other family members.Upon completing the fellowship, scholars are expected to return to a university or research institute in East Africa and assume a leading role in the global effort to use rigorous evaluation and evidence for economic development. Small grants of up to $10,000 will be provided to fellows upon their successful completion of the program and arrival back in their home country for the purpose of conducting impact evaluation trainings, building institutional capacity, and forging new linkages with policymakers.

During the fellowship period, visiting researchers will:
• Participate in seminars and conferences on research in social and economic development;
• Present their own work during seminars and workshops;
• Audit courses, including rigorous doctoral-level seminars in impact evaluation;
• Carry out an independent research project under the mentorship of CEGA faculty (projects can use existing data for retrospective analysis or set-up a study design for future data collection);
• Meet and collaborate with faculty and students in multiple academic departments;
• Visit and present CEGA campuses, including UC San Diego, Stanford University, and/or UC Santa Cruz;
• 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; and
• Work with the World Bank and other partners to identify opportunities for future research.

Eligible candidates for EASST must:

  • Be a resident of an East African country (i.e. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, or Uganda);
  • Have a PhD (completed within the last 8 years) or be enrolled in a graduate program in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline;
  • Hold a staff position at a research institution, university or other organization in East Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
  • Have participated in or have familiarity with impact evaluation research (either randomized or quasi-experimental studies);
  • Have participated in field-based data collection and rigorous empirical research/analysis;
  • Be computer literate, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker;
  • Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa for at least 1 year after the fellowship; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities.

Download the complete EASST 2018 Visiting Fellowship Announcement

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