African Scholars Opportunities

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DigiFI is invested in creating more opportunities for African scholars to develop and drive the research agenda on the African continent. 

We are excited to present funding opportunities for resident African Scholars – those who have completed a PhD in economics or a related field and are based in an African academic institution. For this funding round, we are expanding our funding opportunities to non-resident African Scholars – those who completed high school in Africa, have a PhD from anywhere in the world in economics or a related field, and are based in an academic institution outside of Africa.

Announcements

  • We are Inviting non-resident African Scholars to apply for the RFP2 call [OPEN]. This is in addition to resident African Scholars. 
  • Remember to register for the African Scholars database for matchmaking, MicroMasters scholarships and to be added to the DigiFI mailing list.

Research Funding Opportunities 

DigiFI is excited to offer research funding to resident and non-resident African Scholars. 

  • Resident African Scholars include those who have completed a PhD and are based in an African academic institution. 
  • For this funding round, we are expanding our funding opportunities to non-resident African Scholars – those who completed high school in Africa, have a PhD, and are based in an academic institution outside of Africa.

Resident and non-resident African Scholars 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.

  • 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 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 by the DigiFI board. 
  • 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 completing this letter. 

The publication track record of the African Scholar will be considered during the grant-making process. Selection will also include how well the mentor and 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. 

Capacity Building Opportunities 

Take the J-PAL Micromasters course. Anyone is welcome to audit the online course for free. However, participants are required to pay a fee to take the course exam which is required for course credit. African Scholars, as well as PhD students based in Africa and Government officials based in Africa, are eligible to apply for scholarships through DigiFI. Interested individuals can apply through the following application form. Applications are closed at present and will open soon for the Summer term.

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