Scholarship Overview

The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program, set for the academic years 2024-2025, offers a unique opportunity for PhD candidates from developing countries to engage in innovative, development-related research under the auspices of the World Bank. This fully funded fellowship provides up to $42,750 net per fellow for an 8-month period, allowing recipients to work on World Bank projects and receive training in cutting-edge research practices and technologies.

Host Institution(s)

The World Bank serves as the host institution for this prestigious fellowship, offering a global platform for fellows to conduct their research in any country. The fellowship aims to integrate scholars into World Bank Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) projects, under either the Development Research Department or the Impact Evaluation Department.


This fellowship is available for PhD students in Economics or related fields who are interested in undertaking development-related studies. Applicants can choose to be hosted by either the Development Research Department or the Impact Evaluation Department within the World Bank's Development Economics Vice Presidency, depending on their research interests.

Scholarship Value

The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program offers a comprehensive package totaling $42,750 net per fellow, distributed in monthly installments over the 8-month fellowship duration. The package includes assistance from the World Bank’s HR for visa applications, providing an invitation letter for selected candidates. However, it's important to note that the fellowship does not cover visa application costs, travel expenses, or any expenses related to supporting fellows’ family members.


To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with a preference for nationals from developing countries.
  • Have graduated from MA-level studies or be currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field.
  • Be no more than 35 years of age by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts.
  • Be available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Application Instructions

Prospective fellows must complete the application online by April 30, 2024. The application requires:

  • A resume.
  • A statement of research interests, indicating the preferred research programs within DEC.
  • Contact details for a recommendation letter.
  • An optional writing sample.
  • An optional code sample.

All required documents must be uploaded online as part of the application form. Any documents provided by email, post, or any means other than the online application will not be reviewed.