Echidna Global Scholars Visiting Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. 2021

Application is open for the 2021 Echidna Global Scholars Visiting Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C.

The Echidna Global Scholars Program is a visiting fellowship hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution. The program aims to build the research and analytical skills of NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience and ties to developing countries. Echidna Scholars spend months at Brookings pursuing research on global education issues, with a specific focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world. Upon completion of their fellowship, CUE supports the scholars in implementing an action plan that applies their new skills and expertise in the developing country where they have demonstrated substantial ties.


Echidna Global Scholars will be expected to

  • dedicate time to collecting and analyzing data for their research in preparation for their period of residency at Brookings in Washington, DC.  During their residency from early June to mid-October 2020,
  • work with CUE staff to finalize their specific research product and a strategy for policy impact,
  • participate in professional development training and networking opportunities.
  • draw on the resources of other Brookings’ scholars, as well as the extended public policy community in Washington, D.C. by participating in additional meetings and conferences, and networking with the broader development community.  And also,
  • interact with other Brookings scholars and the wider policy community; to conduct professional, in-depth research and deliver spoken presentations in English; and
  • work on an extensive, cutting-edge written research product during the Program, as well as a post-residency project proposal with the intent to implement their research in their home country upon completion of the program.
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Duration: 4-6 months
  • A living stipend of USD $5,000 a month while in D.C.
  • Paid single-occupancy housing for the four-and-a-half-month term,
  • Round-trip travel expenses, and
  • A limited health insurance plan.

The Program is open to

  • professionals with substantial experience in and ties to developing countries,
  • an applicant who intends to return to home country after completing the period of residency at Brookings,
  • an applicant with a passion and demonstrated commitment to girls’ education,
  • individuals who have backgrounds in education, development, economics, or a related area, with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in either research/academia,
  • non-government and civil society; government; or business.

However, applicants with a Master’s degree are required; but Ph.D. or research background is strongly preferred. Strong analytical and writing skills are also required.

Application Process

Applicants are to submit a cover letter that explains their goals and intentions for the program, along with their curriculum vitae or resume which will include a list of their publications, and fellowships, honors, awards, funded research, or foundation support that they have received.

For detailed information on how to apply, click here.

Deadline: February 19, 2021.

For more information visit the official site.

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