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EASST 2018 Visiting Fellowship


Launched in 2009, The  East  Africa  Social  Science  Translation  (EASST) Collaborative is a multi-institution research network with a mission to promote rigorous evaluation of social and economic development programs in  East Africa.The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of economic development programs. The EASST Collaborative invites African researchers to apply for a 4- month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 2018 (September – December), or Spring 2019 (January - May).

Our EASST fellows are able to audit courses, present research, attend seminars, develop curricula and design collaborative research projects. Fellows receive a living stipend, round-trip economy class air travel to Berkeley, CA, and the opportunity to receive seed funding promote impact evaluation at their home institution in East Africa. 

Closing Date

Mar 30, 2018 11:59 pm PDT


  • Be a resident of an East African country (i.e. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, or Uganda);
  • Have a PhD (completed within the last 8 years) or be enrolled in a graduate program in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline;
  • Hold a staff position at a research institution, university or other organization in East Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
  • Have participated in or have familiarity with impact evaluation research(either randomized or quasi-experimental studies);
  • Have participated in field-based data collection and rigorous empirical research/analysis;
  • Be computer literate, fluent in English, and a strong public speaker;
  • Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa for at least 1 year after the fellowship; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of African research institutions/universities.

Selection Criteria:

Successful candidates must:

  • Demonstrate strong analytic skills, with past coursework in economics or statistics.
  • Demonstrate an interest in rigorous program evaluation, policy analysis, and micro-level field data collection.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and experience with engaging policy-makers and implementing bodies and disseminating research findings.
  • Submit a clear and innovative research proposal to evaluate a specific public policy or program,  using randomized controlled trial or quasi-experimental methodologies.

*We will give preference to fellows interested in infectious diseases, agriculture, and digital financial inclusion.

Female  applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  Preference will be assigned to fellows who have already completed a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a relevant field of study. 

Application Requirements

Carefully review the Application  Guidelines in this document.  An  online system is used to submit applications. Please submit completed versions of all required documents by the submission deadline.  No information and/or documents will be accepted after the closing date. 

All  materials  should  be  submitted  using  the  online  platform “Submittable” at:

Note: If  you  are  unable  to  access  the  online  system,  please  email  Chelsea  Downs,,  to request an application in word format