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PEP The Africa Fellows in Education Program 2023

The Global Education Analytics Institute (GEAI), in collaboration with PEP, invites young African researchers who are motivated to work on educational improvement and could benefit from additional support to submit an expression of interest in the Africa Fellows in Education Program. The program enables the fellows to participate in a two-year research and policy development fellowship that introduces them to relevant research and analytical experiences and to international networks of researchers and policy advisers.

The Global Education Analytics Institute (GEAI) and The Africa Fellows in Education Program (AFE) is supported by the Yidan Prize.

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The Africa Fellows in Education Program

Aim and Benefits of The Africa Fellows in Education Program

Funding includes a $35K research (cash) grant. Other expenses, with a value of up to $25K, for mentorship, study visits, conference travel, and in-country workshops to share research findings and training will be covered directly by the Program.

Requirements for The Africa Fellows in Education Program Qualification

To be eligible for this call, applicants must: 

  • Be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country; 

  • Have an MA or Ph.D.  degree, preferably in Economics, education policy, social/public policy, development studies or international development, with a strong focus on education. While a Ph.D. is not mandatory, GEAI encourages fresh Ph.D. graduates who can benefit from mentorship and additional training to become solid researchers; 

  • Be proficient in quantitative data analysis, with a strong knowledge of data analysis software such as R and Stata;  

  • Not be older than 35 years old; 

  • Demonstrate interest in education policy research and analysis; 

  • Have an affiliation at a research or higher education institution in a Sub-Saharan African country, and intend to do so for the foreseeable future; 

  • Qualified females are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Documents Required for Application

The Africa Fellows application process is managed by GEAI, in collaboration with PEP. The applications will be assessed based on a number of factors, including prior preparation and quality of essay (see below). The expression of interest by the applicants should include:  

  1. A two-page statement of interest; 

  1. A two-page essay. In this essay, the applicant must think and write about a specific education problem in their home country and how such a problem could be scientifically evaluated using quantitative methods. The essay must be prepared in English; 

  1. A detailed and updated CV with at least two (2) referees whom the selection committee can contact.  

Application Deadline

May 21, 2023

How to Apply

  1. STEP 1: Register on the PEP website: click Register (see also the top right corner of the PEP website, next to "Login") and fill out all required information.

    • Your profile will be activated within 24 hours.??Your username is the email address that you use to register.

  1. STEP 2: Access your PEP account. Once your profile has been activated, you can access your PEP account? by clicking on the Login button (also top right corner above).

  2. STEP 3: Complete your "profile": click on your name (top right corner of your PEP account page).

    • Include all information relevant for this application - birthday, highest diploma, institution, position, etc. (see eligibility criteria) - and upload your updated CV.

    • We also strongly encourage to include a photo and short professional bio.

    • When finished, click on SUBMIT at the bottom of your profile page.

  3. STEP 4: Go to the menu under "My workspace" (top left corner) and click on "Submit a proposal".

    • Follow the instructions and upload your statement of interest and essay as one/combined document.

  1. Once finished, to make sure that the submission was successful, return to your PEP account and click on "My Projects" (under "My workspace). Select the project and go to "Documents" to find or replace/update your document.

For more details, visit PEP website.

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