World Bank RSM Fellowship for PhD Research
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World Bank RSM Fellowship for PhD Research

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship for PhD Research
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Category :
Research Programs
Subject Areas :
Research related to development
Fellowship Provided by :
World Bank

World Bank conducted Robert S McNamara (RSM) Fellowship Program for women and men of developing nations who are undertaking PhD research related to development. RSM Fellowship Program is established in honor of the former World Bank President. The fellowship is open only for the university lecturers or researchers residing in developing countries.

Fellowship Amount :

The fellows will get a reward of maximum $25,000 for a period of 6-10 months.

The items budgeted need:
(i) to be incremental to the resources offered free of charge by the host university
(ii) to be incremental to other sources of funding already secured
(iii) to be consistent with the research activities you describe in to question 2 under “Proposed Research for RSMFP Funding” in the application form
(iv) to use the following directions (without any deviation permitted) to calculate the stipend amount that would cover the living expenses (subsistence & accommodation) while a RSMFP fellow. The amount of stipend is set according to the location of the host institution, specifically:

(v) not to include financing of the following items:


The applicant should 

Selection Criteria: The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program select the candidate by reviewing the completed applications. Two qualified reviewers independently review each eligible application to assess the following:

1) Quality of the proposed fellowship (70%)
2) Prospects for a productive career in research post-PhD (30%)

Information provided by the applicants PhD thesis supervisor and the his /her host institution research advisor are particularly important elements of the application.

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Secretariat uses the average score of the two reviewers and the following other aspects of the fellowship’s objectives to select the finalists:

• Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards, that takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications
• Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender that takes into account the distribution of eligible applications across gender
• Giving fellowships to those applicants who, other things equal, appear to have limited financial resources
• Giving preference to applicants employed in academic and research institutions in developing countries
• Giving preference to applicants who have not received a JJ/WBGSP scholarship for a master’s degree program.

The finalists are then requested to provide supplemental documentation. The finalists are presented to the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Steering Committee (composed of some members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for final review and selection of the winners of the award. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners by end-April.

How to Apply :

Candidates should submit only one application. Applicants can apply only through the online application site.Only completed applications will be accepted and reviewed.

Application form should includes:
(i) Agreement to the terms and conditions for a RSMFP fellowship listed on the Application Form’s Signature Page
(ii) Completed recommendation form submitted online by the host university research advisor
(iii) Completed recommendation form submitted online by the PhD Thesis supervisor. 

Useful Contact

The World Bank
1818 H Street,
Washington, DC 20433
Tel: (202) 473-1000
Email: Contact Now

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