DigiFI provides research and capacity building opportunities for African Scholars. African Scholars can do the following:
- Register for the African Scholars database for matchmaking, mentoring opportunities, MicroMasters scholarships and to be added to the DigiFI mailing list.
- 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.
- 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.