The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP) supports Ph.D. students of 145+ World Bank member developing countries like India, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, etc.RSMFP provides eligible candidates with 25,000 USD to conduct their Ph.D. research, in a university abroad, on a development topic.
When the invitation for RSMFP applications is open, the application guidelines, online application, and a final list of eligibility criteria will be available on the official website.
|Scholarship Type||Merit-Based, Need-Based|
|No. of Scholarships||N/A|
|International Students Eligible||Yes|
|Scholarship Website Link||https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships#2|
It is mandatory that the applicants fulfill the following criteria:
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program application must be completed by the stipulated deadline date and must include the following documents:
All necessary documents need to be uploaded online. If any document is submitted via email, post or any other means, then the applicant's form will not be reviewed.
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program uses a unique and highly scrutinized review process for its applicants. Eligible applicants with the most innovative ideas and relevant research proposals will be selected.
Two accomplished reviewers independently assess each eligible application as per the following factors:
The information provided by the host university's Ph.D. thesis supervisor and the host institutions research advisor is considered to be the particularly important elements of a candidate's application for the scholarship.
The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Secretariat makes use of the average score of the two reviewers and then reviews the following other sections to select the finalists:
The finalists, thus shortlisted, are then presented to the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Steering Committee for a final review and selection of recipients. The RSMFP Secretariat uploads the list of recipients on their website and winners of the award are also notified personally.