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The Echidna Global Scholars Program is a visiting fellowship hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution.
The program aims to build the research and analytical skills of NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience and ties to developing countries. Echidna Scholars spend four to six months at Brookings pursuing research on global education issues, with a specific focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world.
Upon completion of their fellowship, CUE supports the scholars in implementing an action plan that applies their new skills and expertise in the developing country where they have demonstrated substantial ties.
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 levels.
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.
- A Master’s degree is required. Applicants should have a background in education, development, public policy, economics, or a related area, with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in research/academia, non-governmental, community or civil society organizations, or government. Candidates with experience in both academic or government settings and community organizations are especially encouraged to apply.
- The Program selects professionals with substantial experience in and ties to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a clear intent to return to an LMIC after completing the period of residency at Brookings, and a passion and demonstrated commitment to improving learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls and young women in and through education.
- Successful applicants will have an intimate understanding of education development issues and gender, strong analytical and writing skills, the ability to collaborate with others, openness to give and receive feedback, and the capacity and desire to learn with speed and flexibility.
- All Echidna Global Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in English.
Please note that this position is a short-term fellowship at Brookings (it is not an employee position).
- Applicants selected for the Fellowship will receive a stipend totalling $22,500 USD to support living costs during the pre-residency and residency periods (subject to U.S. tax withholding and reporting).
- In addition, CUE will cover the costs associated with the visa process, single-occupancy housing for the three-and-a-half-month residency period, round-trip travel expenses, and a limited health insurance plan.
Priority Areas for 2022
The Echidna Global Scholars Program welcomes applications from leaders in girls’ education from low- and middle-income countries throughout the Global South. In line with recent research on the status of girls’ education globally (for example, EGER, 2021), applicants working in the following areas will be given special consideration for the Program in 2022:
- Geographic priorities: West Africa, South Asia, Central America; countries and regions marked by conflict and crisis, as well as those with high levels of gender-based violence, child marriage and early childbearing.
- Targeted beneficiaries: Girls and young women living in poverty; homeless/street children; indigenous, migrant, displaced, or nomadic populations; out of school children; and LGBTQ+ youth.
- Research priorities: Echidna Global Scholars’ research topics must be focused on education priorities for girls and young women, as they are relevant in their specific contexts, and build off a gender transformative framework, seeking to actively challenge discriminatory social norms and/or increase girls’ or young women’s agency. Special priority will be given to projects that focus on ensuring learning and skill development (as opposed to a primary or sole focus on access/enrollment/ attainment); improving life outcomes, for example by supporting transitions to higher education and employment; and research that focuses on the following key questions:
- What are the most important barriers to receiving a high-quality education, and how do those barriers differ for girls?
- What are the most effective policies or programs to address those barriers?
- How does Covid-19 change what we know about the barriers for girls and the solutions for addressing them?
Applicants who have not worked explicitly on girls’ education previously are welcome to apply but should include an explanation of how this focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls and young women can be integrated successfully into their current and future work.
Please submit a cover letter and CV or resume as one document when you apply, as instructed.
Initial application materials must include:
- A cover letter that explains your goals and intentions for the program, along with your CV or resume which should include your education and professional experience, as well as a list of your publications, and any fellowships, honours, awards, funded research, or foundation support that you have received.
- The completed Echidna Global Scholars Program Application. (Click on the hyperlink to access the document and upload the completed document in the “Writing sample” section).
- Documents must be saved with a format of Last Name_First Name_document name (for example: Doe_Jane_CV).
Note that letters of recommendation, writing samples, and transcripts are NOT required.
**Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates selected for interviews may be asked to submit additional materials. Incomplete applications and any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If you require visa sponsorship to participate in this fellowship program, your English proficiency will be verified via an objective assessment as required by the U.S. Department of State.
Timing and Application Deadlines:
- Application deadline: December 1, 2021
- Interviews: January and February 2022
- Fellowship start date: July 1, 2022
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