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The Echidna Global Scholars Program is now accepting applications


The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution seeks to build the evidence base 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 in developing or implementing a project in which findings from the research are piloted.

About the Center for Universal Education: As part of the Global Economy and Development program at The Brookings Institution, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) develops and disseminates effective solutions for quality education and skills development. It offers a forum for research, high-level dialogue, and public debate on a range of issues relevant to education, with a particular focus on the developing world. CUE envisions a world where all children and youth have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The center plays a critical role in informing the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society and private enterprise.

Echidna Global Scholars Program: The Echidna Global Scholars Program fits within CUE’s broader efforts, which seeks to catalyze and sustain collaborative action to achieve quality education for all, and helps to build the leadership pipeline for girls’ education around the world. During their residency from early July 2017, to mid-November 2017, at the Brookings Institution, Echidna scholars will work with the Center staff on developing their specific research project and may then work with the Brookings communications team to develop a strategy for policy impact. They will also participate in professional development training and networking opportunities. Echidna scholars will draw on the resources of Brookings’ scholars, as well as the extended public policy community in Washington, D.C. by participating in additional meetings and conferences and networking with the broader development community. The Echidna fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Echidna giving.

Applicant Requirements: 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. Master’s degree required; Ph.D. or research background strongly preferred. Strong analytical and writing skills required.

Successful applicants will have an 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. Echidna scholars will be expected to collect data prior to arriving in Washington, D.C. for the residency, work on an extensive, cutting-edge written research product, as well as a post-residency project proposal with the intent to implement their research in their home country upon completion of the program.

Additional Information:

Program Requirements: Echidna scholars must be available for a full-time, on-site affiliation with The Brookings Institution for the entire duration of the residency of the program as well as a pre-arrival data collection phase of research prior to their arrival. This affiliation is not an employment relationship but part of a fellowship program. Echidna scholars are required to conduct research on an approved topic. Echidna scholars will also present their research papers at a Brookings seminar or event at the end of the residency. Each Echidna scholar is expected to be an active participant in Brookings and CUE activities, including, but not limited to, regularly-organized organizational staff meetings, informal discussions, seminars, presentations, and other CUE and Brookings events.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates selected for interviews may be asked to submit additional materials. Incomplete applications and those 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:

To read more about the application and apply here.

Application deadline: October 31, 2016
Results finalized: March, 2017
Tentative Residency Term: July 10, 2017 to November 17, 2017


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