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

The World Bank's Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) matches aspiring development economics researchers from developing countries with World Bank research economists, creating unique opportunities for the fellows to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC). Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for 8 months (September to May each year) and work under the supervision of researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact (DIME) and Development Research Group departments, engaging in high-quality and policy-relevant research projects.

Compensation & Benefits

The RSMFP offers a competitive compensation, totaling $46,500 net of income taxes for the 2023-24 cohort, per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid in monthly installments). Since the fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington D.C., the World Bank’s HR Operations unit will assist the selected candidates with their ap­plication for G4 visa.


The RSMFP was established in 1982 by a resolution of the Executive Directors to award fellowships to young researchers to study in the fields related to economic development. Funding for the program was initially provided by the Governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and former Yugoslavia.


The RSMFP governance includes a Steering Committee, Selection Committee and a Secretariat. The Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the World Bank Executive Director offices of the donor countries, meets annually to review progress. The Selection Committee, comprised of World Bank DEC directors from the research and impact evaluation departments, makes selection decisions based on the selection criteria and fellowships development objectives. The Secretariat supports the Selection Committee in all its work and manages day-to-day operations, prepares policies and procedures, oversees onboarding, and manages development partner relations.


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Selection Criteria:

Applications for the 2024 cohort are open from February 1 to February 28, 2024. Applicants must submit:

Fellowships will be awarded based on application materials, knowledge of relevant economic methods, and demonstrated skills in required statistical software. Cohort formation will seek to achieve geographical and gender representation.
The applications for the 2024 cohort are open from February 1 to February 28, 2024.

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) 473-1001
Fax: (202) 473-1000
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