Robert S. McNamara (RSM) Fellowships Program Seeking Scholarship Applicants for PhD Research on Development
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The World Bank Robert S. McNamara (RSM) Fellowships Program is open to women and men of developing countries undertaking PhD research related to development.

Applicants should currently be university lecturers or researchers residing in developing countries.

Applicant Must:

  • Be a citizen of a World Bank member developing country; 
  • Not be a dual citizen of a developed country; 
  • Be 35 years of age or younger on the Application Deadline date; 
  • Be enrolled in a PhD program in amember developing country of the World Bank at the time you submit your application; 
  • Reside in a member developing country of the World Bank since enrolled in the PhD program; 
  • Have completed all coursework and exam requirements for attaining a PhD at the time you submit your application; 
  • Have a PhD thesis centered on a field of development. 
  • Not be a staff member (which includes consultant) or a relative of a staff member of the World Bank Group. 


Up to $25,000 (U.S.) for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a host research advisor at a university, research or development institution in a World Bank member country. Scholarship covers a 6 to 10 month period starting between April and September 2017.

Preference in selecting fellows will be given to applicants currently employed as a lecturer or researcher at an academic or research institution in a member developing country of the World Bank. 

Application Process: 

After September 27, 2016 visit the World Bank Scholarships Program website for the complete list of selection criteria, eligible fields of development, and instructions on preparing your application. 

The World Bank will not respond to email inquiries sent before the call for application opens. On-line applications can be submitted between October 5 – November 2, 2016 at:

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