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AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program | Call for Applications

Last updated: Jun 21, 2023

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Target: Africa,

Award Value: Fully Funded,

Host Institution: World Bank Group


June 30

AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program | Call for ApplicationsThe African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the World Bank invites its network researchers and faculty to submit an expression of interest to participate in the AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program. The fellowship program will enable participants to spend time at the World Bank, work on their own research relevant to economic development in Africa, and also to work with the World Bank’s researchers to develop, especially, those in the Africa Region.

Program Description

The AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program is a collaboration between the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and The World Bank to enhance the skills and output of individual African researchers by providing access to wider and better information, network and economic research and data accessible via the World Bank.

The visiting scholars program provides an opportunity for AERC researchers to visit the World Bank for four months, with a total of three researchers visiting every year. Visiting scholars will be selected from among AERC network members based on set guidelines including the World Bank’s policies and procedures.

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Program Expectation | AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program

The visiting scholars will be expected to be part of the AFRCE team; attend AFRCE-led activities; benefit from capacity-building efforts being organized by AFRCE, including collaboration with scholars and peers doing analytical work on World Bank Regional Flagship Studies; interact with the World Bank’s researchers; fully utilize the World Bank’s resources to:

  • revise their draft paper and submit it to the World Bank Working Paper Series and a ranking Journal;
  • (ii) present at least one seminar on their own research while in the program;
  • (iii) contribute meaningfully to the World Bank’s Africa Region ongoing research and analytical work;
  • (iv) develop a repository of research interests; and
  • (v) comply with all other terms and conditions included in their terms of reference and applicable consultancy contract.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be an AERC researcher, including researchers from the AERC collaborative PhD program CPP);
  • Must have an active AERC research project at least at interim/post field stage or final research paper stage; and
  • The research project must be pertinent to the research agenda of the World Bank Africa Region, and imperatives for sustained African development.

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Application Process

The expression of interest and applications for the AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program should include:

  • A two-page statement of interest;
  • A draft paper on a subject pertinent to the research agenda of the Africa region of the World Bank and imperatives facing African development;
  • If you teach a relevant course, the curriculum/course materials that you would like to improve while visiting the World Bank; and
  • Copy of your updated curriculum vitae.

Application packages must be emailed to the AERC Research Department (research@aercafrica.org) on or before the 30 June 2023. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

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