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FULLY FUNDED TO USA : Check out the Echidna Global Scholars Program 2024

The Centre for Universal Education (CUE), housed within the Global Economy and Development programme of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, is the host institution for the Echidna Global Scholars Program's Visiting Fellowship.


The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Echidna Global Scholars Program’s Visiting Fellowship is hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE), within the Global Economy and Development program, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

The Echidna Global Scholars Program (the Program) aims to strengthen the capacity of local leaders to advance gender equality in and through education across the Global South. During a six-month Fellowship at Brookings, Scholars conduct individual research focused on improving learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and gender non-conforming people, develop their leadership and evidence-based policy skills, build substantive knowledge on gender and global education issues, and expand their pathways for impact. Upon completion of the fellowship, scholars transition to the Echidna Global Scholars Alumni Network, a growing community of practice aimed at promoting their significant, sustained, and collective influence on gender-transformative education globally, regionally and locally.

Since its inception in 2012, the Echidna Global Scholars Program has hosted twelve cohorts of fellows and supports an alumni network. The Fellowship consists of two phases:

  1. Pre-residency: sets the basis for the research training, leadership, and strategic impact components of the program. With the support of CUE fellows, scholars begin an intensive period of in-country data collection and analysis, accompanied by a series of virtual workshops, group working meetings, and individual advisory sessions. Scholars are introduced to the leadership concepts and tools that will be the focus of the leadership development program throughout the Fellowship and begin developing their impact strategy, identifying and engaging with local stakeholders. Time commitment is roughly 15-20 hours a week during this phase.
  1. Residency: the residency period in Washington, DC focuses primarily on expanding Scholars’ reach and impact through publication and dissemination of scholars’ research on Brookings’s multimedia platforms, strategic impact capacity building, leadership development, and networking. The residency phase is designed to help scholars amplify their impact by strengthening skills and practices for analyzing, communicating, and leveraging research for policy contexts and key audiences, as well as expanding scholars’ networks and promoting visibility through Brookings convenings and strategic collaborations, culminating in the Gender Equality in and through Education Research and Policy Symposium.

In addition, during the two-year period following residency, the CUE team provides targeted support to alumni as they implement action plans in their home countries. Through impact planning, strategic advisement and leadership development work, CUE aims to enable scholars to leverage the knowledge, skills, and connections built throughout the Fellowship to catalyze change in their contexts.

Don't miss out on the application deadline which is 10th December 2023.

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Additional Information

Host Institution
Brookings Institution in Washington, DC
Program Type
Fully Funded
Program Benefits
- A $22,500 USD stipend will be awarded to applicants who are chosen for the Fellowship to help with living expenses throughout the pre-residency and residency phases (subject to U.S. tax withholding and reporting).
- CUE will also pay for round-trip airfare, a limited health insurance plan, single-occupancy lodging for the three and a half months of residency, and the fees of the visa application process.
Eligibility Criteria
- Candidates must be mid-career leaders with a strong track record of enhancing educational opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and gender non-conforming individuals in the Global South through education.
- A background in economics, education, development, public policy, or a comparable social science or humanities field is required of applicants.
- Candidates must hold a master's degree or above.
- Candidates must have ties to, significant experience with, and a firm intention to return to a nation in the Global South.
Eligible Countries
Countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean

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