African Scholars

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About the Initiative Team | RFP |African Scholars

DigiFI provides research and capacity building opportunities for African Scholars. African Scholars can do the following:

  1. Register for the African Scholars database for matchmaking, mentoring opportunities, MicroMasters scholarships and to be added to the DigiFI mailing list.
  2. Take the Micromasters course. Anyone is welcome to audit the course for free. However, participants are required to pay a fee to take the course exam which is required for course credit. African Scholars may apply for scholarships for this fee through the registration above.
  3. Apply for Proposal Development or Pilot research funds (See the RFP)

Scholars who are based at an academic institution in Sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to apply for Proposal Development Grants (up to  $10,000) and Pilot Grants (up to $75,000). 

  • Targeted mentorship will be provided to African Scholars who receive funds from the Initiative. Mentors will advise the Scholar throughout the project. Mentors can include any J-PAL affiliate or the Senior Research Advisor at J-PAL Africa. African Scholars may either identify an eligible mentor before submitting a proposal or will be linked through the Initiative after their proposal has been selected. 

  • African Scholars are required to submit a letter from their mentor prior to the disbursement of funds. This letter will provide a framework for how the Scholar and mentor will work together throughout the project. Scholars who are matched to a new mentor will be expected to have a phone call with the mentor before filing this letter. 

The publication track record of African Scholars will be considered during the grant-making process. Selection will also include how well the mentor/mentee know each other (i.e. past research experience and length of existing relationship), as well as the amount of time the mentee has committed to the project.