The 2023 PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship for African Scholars

The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) is inviting researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa who wish to deepen their skills in quantitative social science, develop collaborative research projects, and build their academic networks, to apply for a semester-long PDRI-DevLab fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Each visiting fellow will partner with a faculty mentor from the University of Pennsylvania’s PDRI-DevLab, a network of scholars whose work aims to find answers to the problems faced by LMICs. Faculty members affiliated with the PDRI-DevLab research a wide range of development-related subjects, such as governance, education, migration, health, labor markets, and other areas.

The ability to audit doctoral-level courses, do independent research, present their findings, get faculty mentoring, and begin collaborative research relationships with Penn academics and graduate students will all be available to visiting fellows.


PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship will cover the costs of;

  • room and board in Philadelphia,
  • health insurance,
  • a monthly stipend,
  • visa fees, and
  • round-trip economy airfare for selected fellows, with a total level of support of approximately $15,000. 


Applicants to the PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship must:

  • Be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country (following the World Bank regional classification for Sub-Saharan Africa) and be fluent in English
  • Have completed a PhD within the last 8 years, or be enrolled in a PhD program in political science, economics, statistics, sociology, education, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline;
  • Have a current affiliation with a research institution, university, or other research organization in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
  • Plan to return to a research institute in Sub-Saharan Africa after the fellowship.
  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Processes

Interested applicants for PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship are to submit the following information and documents through the link below

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Personal Statement (1 page)
  • Evidence of Leave Approval 
  • Transcript 
  • Names of two references
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To apply for the 2023 PDRI-DevLab Visiting Fellowship for African Scholars, click here.

Deadline: December 13, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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