December 16, 2013

USA: The Brookings Echidna Global Scholars Program for Citizens of Developing Countries

Echidna Global Scholars Program

Course(s) Offered: Education, Development and/or Gender issues
Course Level: Graduate (fellowship, research, skills training)
Provider: The Echidna Giving Fund
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
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 from 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 to share with their home institutions.

Applicants should have a background in education, development, economics, or a related area, with at least 15 years of professional experience in either research/academia; non-government and civil society; government; or business.
Ph.D. or research background strongly preferred; Master’s degree required. Strong analytical and writing skills required.

Successful applicants will have intimate understanding of education development issues and/or issues related to development and gender. Applicants who have not worked explicitly on girls’ education previously are welcome but should include an explanation of how this focus on girls’ education can be integrated successfully into their current and future work.

Eligible groups
ONLY citizens of ANY Developing country may apply

Participating Institutions
The Center for Universal Education (CUE), Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.; USA

Fields of study
Research program on global education issues, development issues and/or issues related to development and gender.

Echidna scholars will be expected to work on extensive, cutting-edge research, as well as a project proposal with the intent to implement their research in their home country upon completion of the program. Additional expectations of scholars include interacting with other Brookings scholars and the wider policy community, a demonstrated ability to conduct professional, in-depth research and deliver spoken presentations in English.

The Global Scholars Program fits within the broader “Global Compact on Learning” work-stream by aligning the research plans of the guest scholars with a collaborative research agenda.

Number of awards
Not specified by the provider

Sponsorship duration
Scholars will spend 4.5-months

Scholarship benefits
Applicants selected for the fellowship will receive a living stipend of USD $5,000 a month (subject to U.S. tax withholding), paid housing for the 4.5-month term, and round-trip travel expenses.

During their residency at Brookings, Echidna Scholars work with CUE staff to develop a research project, while also participating in a set of short workshops on different topics led by experts in the field.

They draw upon Brookings’ intellectual capital and convening power, as well as the extended public policy community in Washington through meetings and conferences, and through networking with the broader international development community.

Method of Application
Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.

To apply, interested candidates should submit the following:
  • Application questionnaire and project proposal (visit official website via link below to download in Word format or PDF format.)
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two writing samples with citations
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (emailed directly from references to
Submitting Your Application:
Applications should be signed and dated by applicant, submitted via email to and received by the deadline date below. No exceptions will be granted for late applications.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download the Application questionnaire and project proposal; and also for detailed information on how to apply to this programme.

Applications are being accepted as from December 2nd. All applications must be received by the providers by the application deadline date of January 5th, 2014 by 5pm EDT.

No exceptions will be granted for late applications.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates selected for interviews may be asked to submit additional materials.

The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution seeks to help build expertise on girls’ education policies and programs in developing countries. This program is designed to offer guest scholars from developing countries the opportunity to pursue their own independent research on global education issues with a specific focus on girls’ education. Echidna scholars will also be supported to develop and implement a plan to share their expertise with their home institution to further build research capacity and expertise.

This program is made possible by the generous contribution of The Echidna Giving Fund.

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings develops and disseminates effective solutions to the challenges of achieving universal quality education. The center offers a forum for research, high-level dialogue, and public debate on a range of issues relevant to education in developing countries.

The Brookings Institution is an American think tank based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. One of Washington's oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development. In the University of Pennsylvania’s 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, Brookings is ranked the most influential think tank in the world.

All questions or inquiries from applicants or organizations should be sent via email to No phone calls or employment agencies please.

Application Deadline: 5 January 2014
Open to International Applicants: Yes (developing countries)

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