PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship 2023 for African Scholars( $15,000 stipend)

Deadline: December 13 2022

Deadline: December 13 2022

Applications open for the PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship 2023.Submit now!

By giving new researchers training and research opportunities, the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI)/DevLab@Penn dedicates to enhancing the capacity for rigorous research on the urgent policy issues that low- and middle-income nations must address.

They invite researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa to apply for a semester-long fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, which will end during the 2023 Fall semester, if interested in strengthening their knowledge of quantitative social science, creating collaborative research projects, as well as expanding their academic networks (September – December 2023). The Center for Effective Global Action provides technical help for the implementation of this fellowship (CEGA).

Following completion of the fellowship, fellows expected to return to their home university or research center in Sub-Saharan Africa and take the lead in promoting the use of impact assessments and evidence-based public policy. while continuing to work together on research projects started with Penn colleagues. Even though they don’t currently have grant money specifically set aside for scholars, but their team can help connect scholars with a variety of research funding options.


  • PDRI will provide selected fellows with a monthly stipend, lodging and board in Philadelphia, health insurance, visa fees, and round-trip economy plane travel, for a total amount of support of about $15,000. Please be aware that PDRI-DevLab does not help partners or other family members financially.
  • Each visiting fellow will partner with a faculty mentor from the University of Pennsylvania’s PDRI-DevLab, a network of scholars whose work aims to find answers to the problems faced by LMICs. Faculty members affiliated with the PDRI-DevLab research a wide range of development-related subjects, such as governance, education, migration, health, labor markets, and other areas. Each fellow will be matched with a PhD candidate who is associated with the PDRI.
  • The ability to audit doctoral-level courses, do independent research, present their findings, get faculty mentoring, and begin collaborative research relationships with Penn academics and graduate students will all be available to visiting fellows.

For consideration in to the PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship 2023, candidates must:

  • Be a native English speaker and a national of one of the countries classified as Sub-Saharan Africa by the World Bank.
  • possess a PhD that was earned in the last eight years or enrolled in a PhD program in political science, economics, statistics, sociology, education, epidemiology/public health, or another social scientific field.
  • possess a current affiliation with a research center, university, or other entity engaged in research in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably one that promotes quantitative social science research with a focus on policy.
  • After the fellowship, make plans to go back to a research center in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Female applicants urged to submit applications.

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