Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program

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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.

  • RSMFP Fellowship is awarded for a period of 6 to 10 months.
  • Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program Eligible candidates must be already enrolled in a relevant Ph.D. program.
  • Selection process for RSMFP takes place in two phases and is based on research proposals.
  • Preference for the fellowship is given to applicants currently working as educators.

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.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based, Need-Based
Offered byCorporate
OrganizationWorld Bank
Application DeadlineN/A
No. of ScholarshipsN/A
Amount$25,000
RenewabilityYes, Yearly
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships#2

Eligibility Criteria

It is mandatory that the applicants fulfill the following criteria:

  • Citizen of a World Bank member developing countries like India, Bangladesh, China, etc.
    • NOT hold dual citizenship in a developing country.
  • Within the 35 year age bracket on the application deadline date.
  • Enrolled in a Ph.D. program is a member of the World Bank.
    • Residing in a member developing country.
  • Completed all prerequisite coursework and exam requirements for attaining a Ph.D. program.
  • Ph.D. thesis is centered on development.
  • NOT a member of staff or related to any member of staff working at the World Bank group.

Application Process

The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program application must be completed by the stipulated deadline date and must include the following documents:

  • Completed RSMFP application form.
  • Signature on the agreement to the terms and conditions laid down by the RSMFP.
  • One LOR from the hosting university's research advisor.
  • One LOR from the hosting university's Ph.D. Thesis supervisor.

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.


Selection Process

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.

Phase I of Selection

Two accomplished reviewers independently assess each eligible application as per the following factors:

  • Quality of the proposed fellowship (70%)
  • Possibilities of a productive career in research on development topics post the completion of the Ph.D. degree (30%)

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.

Phase II of Selection

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:

  • Maintenance of a reasonably broad geographical distribution of awards.
  • Maintenance of healthy levels of the distribution of awards across all genders.
  • Awarding fellowships meritorious students who have financial need.
  • Preference is given to applicants currently employed as lecturers or researchers at any academic or research institution in the World Bank member developing country.
    • Preference is also given to those who did not receive a JJ/WBGSP scholarship for their master’s degree program.

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.

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