East Africa Social Science Translation Grant competition for researchers

Do you have a Ph.D. or you are working towards a Ph.D. and resident in an East African country? Are you ready to make a research in social science disciplines? The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs and invites East African researchers to apply for a 4-month fellowship  at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during fall 2019 (September – December) or Spring 2020 (January – May). 

Fellowship activities

During the fellowship period, visiting researchers will: Participate in seminars and conferences on research in social and economic development; they will present their own work during seminars and workshops; audit courses, including rigorous doctoral-level seminars in impact evaluation. They will Carry out an independent research project under the mentorship of a CEGA faculty member; meet and collaborate with faculty and students in multiple academic departments.

They will also visit and present at CEGA campuses, including UC San Diego, Stanford University, and/or UC Santa Cruz; design impact evaluation curricula that will be taught at an East African institution. They must Participate in policy dissemination by contributing to policy briefs, attending meetings with policymakers and stakeholders, and presenting at events; and work with the World Bank and other partners to identify opportunities for future research.


To be eligible, researchers must be residents of an East African country (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, or Uganda) and hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in East Africa. Applicants must already have a Ph.D. or be working towards a Ph.D., except in the case that they are directly referred by an EASST fellow. Researchers from quantitative social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. To read more about the fellowship and detailed application instructions, see the 2019 EASST Visiting Fellowship Announcement.

Research grants

In spring 2019, EASST will award grants for the evaluation of innovative interventions in East Africa. A total of $240,000 in research funding will be awarded across all projects. Researchers may request up to $50,000 in funding.

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must: Demonstrate strong analytic skills, with past coursework in economics or statistics; Have participated in or have familiarity with impact evaluation research (either randomized or quasi-experimental studies), policy analysis, and micro-level field data collection. They must demonstrate a commitment to and experience with engaging policy-makers and implementing bodies and disseminating research findings.

They will also demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities;  a commitment to institutionalizing rigorous evidence within their institution. They have to submit a clear and innovative research proposal to evaluate a specific public policy or program, using randomized controlled trial or quasi-experimental methodologies; be computer literate, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker.

 For more information, visit EASST

To Apply: Please see Appendix 1, “EASST Proposal Instructions” and apply via the Submittable portal (https://cega.submittable.com/submit/130722/2019-easst-request-for-proposals) by April 1st, 2019.






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