Fully-funded Center for Effective Global Action Fellowship Program for African Researcher 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on January 22, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Economics, Public Health, Social Science
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) offers a Fellowship Program for African researchers for the CEGA Fellowship Request for Applications 2023-2025. The CEGA Fellowship Program aims to equip early-career African Students with the right abilities to complete thorough impact evaluations of economic advancement programs and become champions for proof-informed strategy. Chosen researchers will review courses, foster abilities in impact evaluation, access a customized mentorship program to foster their research thoughts, and fabricate their research networks. Fruitful fellows will be welcome to join the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA). We welcome researchers from East and West Africa to apply for one of two opportunities:

  • Resident Fellowship Program(Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) to be obtained at the University of California, Berkeley, or at Northwestern University.
  • Non-Resident Fellowship Program, a virtual program where the fellows will be engaged remotely for up to 12 weeks.

The applicants must indicate which fellowship they want to be considered, it is important to read the time commitments and choices for the best options available for the fellowship.

The selected fellows must have completed the following field:

  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Public Health/Epidemiology
  • Social Science

Fellows must be able to participate in the following interest or workshop research during the fellowship program:

  • Transparency
  • Cost Analysis
  • Data Science
  • Communications
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Fundraising for Research

Scholarship Provider: Center for Effective Global Action(CEBA) 

About the Provider

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a center point for research, preparation, and development settled at the College of California, Berkeley. They create experiences that pioneers can use to further develop arrangements, projects, and individuals’ lives. Their scholastic network incorporates in excess of 150 personnel, 65 researchers from low-and center-pay nations, and many alumni students from across academic disciplines and across the globe-that produce thorough proof about what attempts to grow training, education, health, and economic opportunities for individuals living in poverty.

In the mid-2000s, a little gathering of financial experts at UC Berkeley-a dynamic establishment and the world’s driving state-funded college began discussing the requirement for new ways to deal with research on neediness and global developments. They started applying exact, quantitative strategies to the investigation of disparity and economic improvement when others were centered around issues like total economic development and efficiency (which to a great extent overlooked individuals’ vocations, educational encounters, and political cooperation). All along, CEGA researchers have imported thoughts and methods from different disciplines – like brain science and social science – to help comprehend and address complex social and economic difficulties.

CEGA’s main goal is to work on the existence of individuals living in destitution, by producing key experiences for policymakers upheld by thorough and straightforward research. They cooperate with state-run administrations, multilaterals, NGOs, organizations, and researchers to guarantee that their work is creative, applicable, and comprehensive. They innovate for positive social changes.

Scholarship Summary

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: East African or Anglophone West African Country
  • Degree Level: Master’s degree or PhD
  • Number of Awards: Total of 7 Resident Fellows and Five Non-resident fellows.
  • Duration: Up to 12 weeks
  • Scholarship Awards: Fully-funded
  • Scholarship Country: USA
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes


Before proceeding with the application, interested applicants must meet the eligibility of the program:

  • Must be a citizen of a West African or East African Country.
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • The candidates must have completed their Master’s or Ph.D. degree or be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in related fields such as Statistics, Economics, Public Health, Epidemiology, and Social Science.
  • Must have a current affiliation with the university, research institution, or other research association in Eastern or Western Africa, and must be the one who supports quantitative social science and policy-relevant research.
  • For the resident fellowship, the beneficiary of the fellowship program must be willing to return to their home country and further their research at any institution or university in Eastern or Western University in Africa. In case the fellows are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. degree program outside the African continent, then they may complete their degree before their return.

Selection Criteria

The successful applicants must:

  • Be able to demonstrate their strong analytical abilities with the evidence from their past coursework in quantitative methods.
  • Familiarity or having participated in the evaluation impact research.
  • Can demonstrate their commitment to understanding the process, informed in the policy-making or direct experience.
  • Can demonstrate their commitment to building the capacity of the research institution in Africa.
  • A good communicator, with good communication skills in the English language.

Application Process 

The application process can be made through an online portal provided by CEGA. The application must be completed and submitted before the deadline for application.

Required Documents 

As part of the application process, the students must submit the following:

  • Personal Statement maximum of one page and must describe your inspirations for applying to the CEGA Visiting Fellowship-of all fellowships accessible to you, for what reason would you say you are especially intrigued by this program? What do you expect to achieve during the fellowship and then? If it’s not too much trouble, likewise remark on your capacity to focus on the fellowship (Resident or Non-Resident) and how this will squeeze into your ongoing responsibilities.
  • Resume/CV
  • Research Proposal must not exceed two pages
  • Evidence of the applicant’s leave approval form
  • Two referees must include their contact information and name
  • Publication(Optional)

Fellowship Awards

  • Monthly Stipend
  • Health Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Roundtrip Economy Airfare
  • Accommodation and Food

After effective fulfillment of the Resident or Non-Resident fellowship, fellows will be qualified for “catalyst grants” of $5,000 to prepare others in impact evaluation techniques and construct institutional ability to lead rigorous evaluations, as well as pilot research grants of $7,000-10,000 to keep working on research created during the fellowship.

Fellows will also have the chance to apply for the larger research grant amounting to up to $75,000.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until February 23, 2023.

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