Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) MENA Scholars Fellowship 2024 (USD $15,000 Stipend)

Applications are now open for the prestigious Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) MENA Scholars Fellowship 2024, offering researchers in the MENA region an opportunity to engage in impactful poverty reduction and social development initiatives. With a commitment to evidence-based policymaking, J-PAL strives to empower scholars with the tools and resources necessary to enact meaningful change in their communities.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) MENA Scholars Fellowship 2024
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) MENA Scholars Fellowship 2024

The J-PAL MENA Scholars Fellowship is a unique platform for researchers seeking to enrich their skillsets and engage in positive societal transformation. The fellowship fosters a conducive environment for learning and collaboration, to equip scholars with the expertise to design and implement randomized evaluations, thereby contributing to the global effort to combat poverty.

Key Components of the J-PAL’s MENA Scholars Fellowship

  • Work on Randomized Evaluation: Selected fellows will engage in hands-on experience by collaborating on randomized evaluations with esteemed J-PAL affiliates and MENA staff.
  • Mentorship: Each fellow will be paired with a mentor from the J-PAL affiliate network, providing personalized guidance and support throughout their fellowship journey.
  • Networking Opportunities: Fellows will become part of a vibrant cohort, facilitating peer learning and collaboration. Furthermore, they will gain access to J-PAL’s extensive global network.
  • Education and Capacity Building: The fellowship prioritizes continuous learning, with fellows enrolling in MIT MicroMasters online courses to enhance their expertise in randomized evaluation design and econometric analysis. Additionally, supplemental training sessions will cover unique aspects of randomized evaluations in the MENA region.
  • Media Coverage and Event Participation: Fellows will have the opportunity to showcase their research findings at J-PAL MENA policy events, alongside renowned professors and thought leaders. Moreover, they will receive guidance on increasing media coverage for their work.
  • Evaluation Design Project: In the second year of the fellowship, fellows will undertake a personalized evaluation design project, allowing them to explore topics of interest within the MENA region.

Benefits of the J-PAL’s MENA Scholars Fellowship

Each fellow will receive a generous stipend of up to USD$15,000 over the two-year fellowship period.

Fellows will gain access to cutting-edge research opportunities and professional development resources.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the MENA Scholars Fellowship, candidates must meet the requirements below:

  • Educational Background: Specialization in Economics or relevant disciplines, such as public policy, political science, or public health.
  • 1st Track – The fellowship welcomes applications from candidates currently pursuing a PhD in economics or related fields, with nationalities from the MENA region.
  • 2nd Track – Academic Scholars: Available for candidates holding a PhD in economics or related fields, affiliated with a MENA academic institution.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in both Arabic and English.
  • Quantitative Skills: A strong command of statistical software such as Stata or R is highly recommended.
  • Research Focus: Demonstrated interest in impact evaluation and poverty alleviation in the MENA region.
  • Team Collaboration: Ability to contribute effectively to multidisciplinary research projects and a commitment to collaborative work.

How to Apply for J-PAL’s MENA Scholars Fellowship 2024?

  • Prospective candidates are required to fill out the application form for the PAL’s MENA Scholars Fellowship via this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIm3IgNvGDskagmcLO2regtN68cr1NoV7HZCHQgnHaBWED9A/viewform?usp=sf_link
  • The form must also attach a resume and a cover letter outlining their reasons for applying for the fellowship.
  • A preliminary phase of application screening by J-PAL MENA senior staff will precede the interview round with the J-PAL affiliates selection committee for the short-listed candidates.
  • By the end of May 2024, the shortlisted candidates will receive notification.

For further information, visit the Fellowship office page at https://www.povertyactionlab.org/page/j-pals-mena-scholars-fellowship

Application Deadline

April 30, 2024, at 11:59 pm EEST (GMT+2).



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