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East Africa Social Science Translation Visiting Fellow Programme in USA 2020

The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative invites researchers interested in developing their skills in impact evaluation to apply for a 4-month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 2020 (August- December) or Spring 2021 (January – May).

Established in 2011, The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative is a multi-institution research network with a mission to promote scientific evaluation of social and economic development programs in East Africa. EASST seeks, in the short-term, to build regional leadership in the generation of rigorous, policy-relevant social science research. In the long-term, the network seeks to increase the use of high-quality evidence in the design of social policies, programs, and institutions throughout the East Africa region, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, and South Sudan.

The cornerstone of EASST is inviting East African scholars to apply for a competitive, semester-long “sabbatical” at UC Berkeley. To date, EASST has trained 27 researchers from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, focused on diverse topics related to health, education, governance, and agriculture. Six to eight selected fellows per year audit courses on impact evaluation, international development, and econometrics; present research; attend seminars; develop curricula; design collaborative research projects; and build their networks. Upon returning to their home institutions, they are awarded “catalyst grants” to institutionalize rigorous evidence generation within universities and governments by conducting trainings and incorporating their learnings into curriculum development. Through catalyst grants, fellows have gone on to train over 1000 students, faculty, and policymakers in East Africa in impact evaluation methods through short-courses at their home institutions.

Worth of Award

  • While becoming an EASST fellow opens you up to multiple funding opportunities, such as our annual research grant competition and their policy engagement fund, these calls are competitive and every fellow is not guaranteed to be selected.
  • However, funding of 5,000 to 7,500 USD to train others on impact evaluation is guaranteed.
  • The EASST program will cover the costs of room and board in Berkeley, health insurance, visa fees, and roundtrip economy airfare for selected fellows.
  • In addition, fellows will be provided a monthly stipend to cover any other expenses that may occur during the stay at UC Berkeley (local transportation, personal hygiene items, etc.).


  • To be eligible, researchers must be East African nationals who hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university or other organization headquartered in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, or South Sudan.
  • Applicants must already have a PhD or be working towards a PhD, except in the case that they are directly referred by an EASST fellow.
  • Researchers from quantitative social science disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants to the EASST program must:
  • Be a national of an East African country (i.e. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, or Uganda);
  • Have completed a PhD within the last 8 years,or be enrolled in a PhD program in economics, statistics, epidemiology/public health, or another social science discipline(in exceptional cases, the applicants will hold a Masters’ degree in a relevant field and have plans to pursue a PhD in the future. These cases will require a direct referral by aformerEASST fellow);
  • Have a current affiliation with a research institution, university or other research organization in East Africa, preferably one that supports policy-relevant, quantitative social science research;
  • Plan to return to a research institute in East Africa after the fellowship. If currently enrolled in a PhD program outside the African continent, scholars may complete their PhD before their return.

How to Apply

  • Eligible applicants are invited to apply following the directions in the Request for Applications, which contains details on the fellowship activities, selection criteria, and forms for submission.
  • Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: The request for application for the 2020-2021 cohort of EASST fellows will be open until 9:00 am U.S. Pacific Time on Monday, February 10, 2020.

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