Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP) of the World Bank

Deadline: April 4, 2022

Brief Description:

The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP) of the World Bank is now accepting applications. (RSMFP) combines aspiring development economists from developing countries with World Bank research economists, giving fellows exclusive access to rigors policy-relevant research at the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

Fellows will work on high-quality, policy-relevant research projects under the supervision of academics from the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Development Research Group departments.

Scholarship Details:

Opportunity Type: Partially Funded

Language Requirement: Not Required

Language of Instruction: English

Organizer: World Bank
Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Fellowship Duration: 8 months (September to May 2022)
Eligible Countries: World Bank member countries (including Afghanistan)

Program Features:

Professional Experience: Fellows will be working on World Bank projects directly under the supervision of World Bank DEC researchers, receive training in cutting-edge research practices and technologies, and participate in World Bank operations. Fellows may contribute to DEC’s published work, join field missions, co-author with DEC researchers or directly engage with World Bank clients, depending on the nature of the projects.

Capacity Building: At the start of the program, fellows will receive a one-week technical onboarding, including training on reproducible research practices. Fellows will participate in hands-on activities and seminars led by top economists throughout the program to develop their skills further. Fellows will improve their ability to identify, study, and write about important development policy issues by working with DEC economists.

Research Dissemination: Fellows will be asked to write a blog about their fellowship research for DEC. This is an opportunity to highlight their research and contribution to development policy debates. Each year, the top 4 blogs will be published on DEC’s Let’s Talk Development blog.


·        The RSMFP provides a competitive salary of $42,750 net of income taxes for each fellow for an 8-months fellowship (paid in monthly installments). Because the fellows will be housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., the World Bank’s Human Resources Operations unit will assist the selected candidates with their G4 visa application.

·        Please keep in mind that the fellowship does not cover travel expenses.

·        Fellows will study current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and network with renowned researchers in their field through working with World Bank DEC experts and their external academic collaborators from top universities.

·        They will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage in rigorous policy-relevant research and broaden their view on potential development issues and how their study might address concerns in the poor world.


·        Applicants must be nationals of WBG member countries, with a preference for developing-country nationals.

·        Master’s graduates or currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or a related field

·        Fluency in English

·        No one should be older than 35 years old (by June 30, 2022)

       For the duration of the fellowship, you must be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C.

Required documents

·        Updated CV/Resume

·        Statement of purpose

·        Contact information for a reference who can write a recommendation letter (Only shortlisted candidates will be asked for letters.)

·        A writing sample (optional)

·        A code sample (optional)

How To Apply

·        Eligible and interested individuals can apply through the online application portal linked below.


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