2022 World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) for Young Researchers

The World Bank 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).

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By working with World Bank DEC researchers and their external academic collaborators from top universities, fellows will learn current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and network with leading researchers in their field.

They will have a unique opportunity to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research and widen their perspective on potential development questions, and how their research can address challenges in the developing world.

Details 2022 World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) for Young Researchers:

This fellowship has two types of candidates in mind: (i) pre-doctoral fellows who have completed a master’s level degree and are looking to gain research experience while preparing to apply for a Ph.D. (ii) Doctoral fellows are enrolled in a PhD program, have completed their coursework, and are looking to expand their research network by collaborating with World Bank researchers.

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Ideal doctoral candidates would like to pursue a career in development research and will use the Fellowship to access new data sources and research opportunities.


To be considered for the RSMFP, applicants must be:

  1. Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries;
  2. Fluent in English;
  3. Graduates of master’s level studies or currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or a related field;
  4. No more than 35 years of age (by June 30, 2022);
  5. Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Research programs

Applicants will have the option to select in the application whether they would like to be hosted by the Development research department or the Impact evaluation department in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

Duration and Reward

The RSMFP offers competitive compensation, totaling $42,750 net of income taxes 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.

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Note: The fellowship does not cover travel expenses.

Selection process

Applications for the fellowship are open annually between March and April for cohorts starting in September of the same year. Applicants must submit

  • An updated CV
  • A statement of purpose describing their research interests, professional objectives, and discussing their qualifications as development researchers
  • Contact details for a reference who can provide a letter of recommendation (letters will only be requested for shortlisted candidates)
  • A writing sample (optional)
  • A code sample (optional)

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.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified applicants should use the link below to submit their applications.

The Application Deadline is 4th April 2022

2022 World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) for Young Researchers

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