Echidna Global Scholars Fellowship Program in the USA 2021/22

The Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution invites applications from leaders in girls’ education from low- and middle-income countries throughout the Global South for its Echidna Global Scholars Fellowship Program in the USA 2021/22

The Echidna Global Scholars Program (the Program) aims to strengthen the capacity of local leaders to drive evidence-based change in girls’ education in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) around the world. During a six-month Fellowship at Brookings, the Scholars pursue individual research focused on improving learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls and young women in LMIC’s, develop their leadership and evidence literacy skills, build substantive knowledge on gender and global education issues, and expand their impact competencies and pathways.

The Program expects Echidna Global Scholars to:

  • Conduct professional, in-depth research, write an evidence-based policy paper, and present their research and policy recommendations at Brookings organized events.
  • Participate in capacity building activities, including the leadership development program, as well as individual and group reflections.
  • Develop a post-residency project proposal with the intent of expanding the impact of their research upon return to their home country.
  • Interact professionally with other Brookings scholars and community members and be active participants in Brookings events (organizational meetings, informal discussions, seminars, presentations, private and public events), particularly those of CUE and Global Economy and Development.
  • Engage with key actors from the extended research, practice, and policy community within their home countries, in and around Washington, DC, and globally, by participating in additional meetings and conferences, and networking with the broader development community. 
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  • A totaling stipend of $22,500 USD to support living costs during the pre-residency and residency periods,
  • In addition, CUE will cover the costs associated with the visa process,
  • Single-occupancy housing for the three-and-a-half-month residency period,
  • Round-trip travel expenses, and
  • A limited health insurance plan.


  • A Master’s degree is required.
  • Applicants should have a background in education, development, public policy, economics, or a related area.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in research/academia, non-governmental, community or civil society organizations, or government.
  • Candidates with experience in both academic or government settings and community organizations are especially encouraged to apply. 
  • All Echidna Global Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Application Process

Echidna Global Scholars Fellowship Initial application materials must include:

  • A cover letter that explains applicants goals and intent for the program.
  • CV or resume that include their education and professional experience, as well as a list of their publications, and any fellowships, honors, awards, funded research, or foundation support that they have received. 
  • The completed Echidna Global Scholars Program Application.

For detailed information on the Echidna Global Scholars Fellowship application, click here.

Deadline: December 01, 2021.

For more information on Echidna Global Scholars Fellowship, visit the official site.

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