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AERC-World Bank 2022 Visiting Scholars Program – Call for applications

AERC invites its network researchers and faculty to submit an expression of interest to participate in the AERC-World Bank visiting scholars programme. The fellowship programme will enable participants to spend time at the World Bank, work on their own research relevant to economic development in Africa, and to work with the World Bank’s researchers, especially those in the Africa Region.

 African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and The World Bank, Africa Region Chief Economist’s Office (AFRCE), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a mutually beneficial
collaborative partnership.

The newly established AERC-World Bank visiting scholars programme is central to the collaboration between the two institutions. The objectives of the collaboration are to (i) enhance AERC’s capacity to boost economic policy research in sub-Saharan Africa; (ii) help strengthen AERC’s global linkages in areas of economic policy, academic research, and graduate training; (iii) deepen and broaden the policy impact of both AERC and AFRCE and (iv) to enhance the skills and output (especially publications and courses) of individual African researchers by providing access to wider and better information, network and economic research and data accessible via the World Bank.

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About African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Established in 1988, the African Economic Research Consortium is a capacity building institution to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. AERC has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization integrates economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a network of researchers, universities and policy makers in Africa and worldwide. Research Programme The key components of the Research Programme are thematic and collaborative research projects, complemented by other capacity building initiatives. The programme appr... read more


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AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program


Aim and Benefits of AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program

  • The visiting scholars program provides an opportunity for AERC researchers to visit the World Bank for four months, with a total of three researchers visiting every year. Visiting scholars will be selected from among AERC network members based on set guidelines including the World Bank’s policies and procedures.
  • The visiting scholars will be expected to be part of the AFRCE team; attend AFRCE-led activities; benefit from capacity-building efforts being organized by AFRCE, including collaboration with scholars and peers doing analytical work on World Bank Regional Flagship Studies; interact with the World
    Bank’s researchers; fully utilize the World Bank’s resources to: (i) revise their draft paper and submit to the World Bank Working Paper Series and a ranking Journal; (ii) present at least one seminar on their own research while in the program; (iii) contribute meaningfully to the World Bank’s Africa Region ongoing research and analytical work; and (iv) comply with all other terms and conditions included in their terms of reference and applicable consultancy contract.

Requirements for AERC-World Bank Visiting Scholars Program Qualification

  • Must be an AERC researcher, including researchers from the AERC collaborative PhD programme CPP);
  • Must have an active AERC research project at least at interim/post field stage or final research paper stage; and
  • The research project must be pertinent to the research agenda of the World Bank Africa Region and imperatives for sustained African development.
  • Must have completed a PhD programme.

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Documents Required for Application

 The expression of interest by applicants should include:

  1. A two-page statement of interest;
  2. A draft paper on a subject pertinent to the research agenda of the Africa region of the World Bank and imperatives facing African development;
  3. If the candidate teaches a relevant course, the curriculum/course materials that you would like to improve while visiting the World Bank; and
  4. Copy of your updated curriculum vitae.
    Application packages must be emailed to the AERC Research Department ([email protected]).
    Please submit your expression of interest on or before the 18 June 2022. Late applications will not be considered.
    Women are especially encouraged to apply.


Application Deadline

June 18, 2022


How to Apply

For more details,visit AERC website


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