Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.16


1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IZA/DFID SHORT COURSE ON PROGRAM EVALUATION (ALL EXPENSES COVERED)

Organisers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA)

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Date: October 29 – October 30, 2016

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: July 30, 2016

Deadline for Registeration: August 10, 2016

Event Manager: Dominik Spitza

Online Application Form

 Background

The IZA/DFID Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries is sponsoring a conference on “Labor Markets in Southern Africa: Evidence and Policy Lessons” on October 27-28, 2016.
This will be followed by a two-day “IZA/DFID Short Course on Program Evaluation” on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30. The course is designed for postgraduate students, faculty members, and researchers in government and non-governmental organizations who would like to develop their skills in program evaluation using the latest econometric methods.
The course will consist of four half-day sessions and will cover the following topics: design and analysis of randomized controlled trials; propensity score matching methods; difference-in-difference estimators; regression discontinuity designs. The focus will be on application of these methods to the evaluation of labor market related programs, including skills training programs.
Instructors:
Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam and IZA)
Christopher Parsons (University of Western Australia and IZA)
Kate Vyborny (Duke University)
You can find last year’s program here.
Participants who are selected for the course will be provided with all travel expenses and will be provided with food and accommodation from Wednesday night October 26 through Monday morning October 31st. Participants who are selected will be required to be in attendance for the full period, including the conference on Thursday and Friday October 27-28. The target class size is 40 participants. The course is intended for participants from low-income countries (for a list of countries, see here). In particular, priority will be given to participants based in institutions in Southern African countries who are involved in the design, implementation, or analysis of training programs, or plan to be involved in the future. The course and the conference will be conducted in English.

 Submission

Applications should be uploaded via the online application form by June 30, 2016. The Program Committee will aim to communicate its decisions to the authors by July 30, 2016.

 

2. PHD SCHOLARSHIP POSITION FOR NIGERIAN CANDIDATES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM

This is a call for applications, for qualified Nigerian candidates for a fully funded 3-year PhD scholarship position at the University of Amsterdam. PhD supervision will be provided jointly from Amsterdam and Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola.

The PhD forms part of a larger comparative study (details in attached advert) that will be funded through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Division WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law.

The application deadline is 22 JUNE 2016. The planned start date for the PhD is September 2016. The institution is keen to get applications especially from qualified candidates from northeastern Nigeria.

See attached document for more details.

 

3. MARIE-CURIE FELLOWSHIPS AT THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS FOR EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS, ESPECIALLY FROM AFRICA

The newly-established Africa Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an internationally renowned institution for the study of social sciences, is accepting expressions of interest from potential applicants to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Individual Fellowships.
This is an exciting opportunity for talented researchers coming to Europe or moving within Europe.

As part of the LSE’s Institute for Global Affairs, the Africa Centre is at the forefront of producing rigorous social science research providing evidence, informing academic, policy and public discourse, and interrogating local circumstances. The LSE Africa Centre has a long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of global debates. Through the Africa Centre, LSE will forge new links with African scholars and institutions, and increase the visibility of Africa in the LSE’s teaching, research and policy engagement.

We encourage expressions of interest in any social science research topic which links to current LSE research and expertise with a particular emphasis on Africa. Please visit our website to review LSE Africa Expertise.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowships intend to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world. Only experienced researchers (holding a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline) can apply and the grant will provide an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. More information on the scope and objectives of the programme can be found on the Participant Portal of the European Commission. Please check that you comply with the following mobility rule: ‘Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the deadline’.

The fellowships are selected by the European Commission through an open competition and transparent, independent evaluation, using a series of pre-determined criteria as set out in the Work Programme. The deadline for the submission of the the full Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship application is 14 September 2016.

If you believe that the Africa Centre at LSE would be the perfect host for your project, please send the following documents by email referencing ‘MSCA’ in the subject line to Carsten Vogel, Africa Centre Manager, by 20 June 2016:
–    your CV;
–    a statement explaining your interest in the Africa centre (1 page);
–    a research proposal (5 pages, minimum font Arial 12 and 2cms margin).

Successful applicants will be notified by 15 July 2016 and will then develop a full application according to the MSCA guidelines. We regret that due to the high volume of proposals we anticipate, only successful applicants will be contacted.

If you have any questions, please contact Carsten Vogel, Africa Centre Manager, by email: c.vogel [@] lse.ac.uk

Full details available on the LSE website:  http://www.lse.ac.uk/africa/research/marieCurieFellowship.aspx.

 

4. WORKSHOP ON APPLIED POLITICAL SETTLEMENTS IN AFRICA

The Workshop on Applied Political Settlements Theory in Africa for PhD students & early career researchers is scheduled for September at the Blavatnik School of Government. It is co-organised by Lindsay Whitfield and Lars Buur.

See attached document for description and application details. Description below as well:

In developing countries, domestic politics is characterised by clientelism, i.e. patron-client networks and political mobilisation through the exchange of political support in return for material benefits. This clientelistic nature of politics is well documented, but there are very different ways of understanding the logics driving clientelism. Political Settlements theory provides a systematic set of conceptual tools to think about different types of clientelism, their drivers, and their implications for state agencies, economic development, and democratic processes. A broad array of scholars have started using Political Settlements theory over the past five years, but there is significant variation in how these scholars employ the concept of political settlement.

This workshop is aimed primarily at PhD scholars working on sub-Saharan Africa. We will critically appraise different approaches to Political Settlement theory as it is applied to specific topics such as elections, decentralization reforms, land investments, and social service provision. Experts in the field will work with PhD scholars to help them develop causal linkages between the macro theoretical framework of political settlements and a political economy analysis of their specific research topic.

The workshop is open to PhD candidates who are using political settlements theory in their dissertation. There are a maximum of 15 spaces available, and preference will be given to the strongest abstracts. PhD students interested in participating must send a title and 250 word abstract of their research question and how they are using political settlements theory in analyzing their research question. A few readings will be circulated as background reading for the introductory session. All PhD participants will be required to submit full papers two weeks before the workshop (max 10,000 words), and these papers will be circulated to the keynote speakers and all participants.

The keynote speakers include Associate Professor Lindsay Whitfield (Roskilde University), Associate Professor Lars Buur (RU), Associate Professor Hazel Gray (Edinburgh) (TBC) and Dr. Pritish Behuria (LSE Fellow in International Development).

A catered lunch will be offered on the first day and a dinner for workshop participants on the evening of 5 September. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Date and location:

Monday, September 5, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (All day)

Blavatnik School of Government

 

5. VACANCIES AT THE BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Education Systems

The Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) at the University of Oxford wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educations Systems to join the RISE – Research on Improving Systems of Education – Programme.

Launched in 2010 with a £75 million donation to Oxford by American philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik, BSG’s mission is to contribute to better government, stronger communities, and richer human opportunities across the world. RISE is a new multi-country programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development that aims to build understanding of education systems and how they can transform to significantly improve learning.

You will undertake research and engagement activities that support the RISE Programme’s objective to generate high quality research on education systems that has outreach and impact. You will work closely with members of the RISE Directorate, in particular Professors Clare Leaver (Blavatnik School of Government, RISE Research Coordinator) and Lant Pritchett (Harvard Kennedy School, RISE Research Director). You will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community that performs to the highest international levels in research and publications, and you will have office space in BSG’s state of the art new building.

You should have a PhD in a discipline relevant to the RISE Programme. RISE research will have a strong quantitative focus and expertise in economics and other quantitative social sciences will be an asset. You will have ability and willingness to undertake independent applied research in the area of education systems that has the potential to have impact on public policy and practice and will have evidence of developing a track record of internationally excellent publications. You will have excellent written English and the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to work effectively with academic and non-academic audiences as well as colleagues and policy-makers.

This post is available from 1 September 2016, and is a 3-year fixed-term contract, with an option to extend for 2 years. This is a Grade 7 post on the University salary scale with a research allowance of £1,500 p.a.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 13 June 2016.

Visit the University of Oxford website to apply.

See website and attached document (PDF) for further details on job description and eligibility

 

2. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics

People often do not take up programmes or interventions, even if these might have high returns or improve their wellbeing. Psychological constraints may form part of an explanation for this pattern. These psychological constraints may be particularly severe among poor people in low-income countries.

Kate Orkin and Stefan Dercon are collaborating with economists and psychologists from Princeton and Duke Universities, the University of Cape Town and IFPRI to build a large-scale programme of research in this area. Research will examine (1) if psychological interventions can alter poor people’s subjective expectations, sense of their capabilities and preferences in developing world contexts; (2) whether these changes alter economic behaviour and outcomes; and (3) whether integrating psychological interventions into existing anti-poverty programmes enhances the effect of these programmes.

This is a fixed-term post for 2 years, based at the CSAE, Blavatnik School of Government. Applicants must have been awarded, or are nearing completion of, a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. Main duties include managing a large RCT; contributing to and/or collaborating on other research projects and engaging in original, world-class research in an area relevant to this programme; and managing a small group of research assistants. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of developing a track record of publications; the ability to carry out independent quantitative research; and experience working in developing countries. Previous experience in designing and conducting lab and/or field experiments is desirable.

The post provides an opportunity for an ambitious researcher in development economics to gain valuable research, project management and field experience and go on to an independent research career. Many previous Oxford postdoctoral fellows have moved on to permanent faculty positions at leading universities in the US, Europe and Asia.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 20 June 2016.

Visit the University of Oxford website to apply.

See website and attached document (PDF) for further details on job description and eligibility

 

3. Research Assistant in Development Economics

People often do not take up programmes or interventions, even if these might have high returns or improve their wellbeing. Psychological constraints may form part of an explanation for this pattern. These psychological constraints may be particularly severe among poor people in low-income countries.

Kate Orkin and Stefan Dercon are collaborating with economists and psychologists from Princeton and Duke Universities, the University of Cape Town and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to build a large-scale programme of research in this area. Research will examine (1) if psychological interventions can alter poor people’s subjective expectations, sense of their capabilities and preferences in developing world contexts; (2) whether these changes alter economic behaviour and outcomes; and (3) whether integrating psychological interventions into existing anti-poverty programmes enhances the effect of these programmes.

We are advertising for one full-time or two to three part-time research assistants, based at the CSAE, Blavatnik School of Government. Applicants must have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline. Main duties include working on a large RCT; contributing to and/or collaborating on other new and continuing research projects; and setting up and managing a small research group. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of the ability to carry out independent quantitative research and to innovate and work effectively with colleagues. Previous experience in working on or supporting lab and/or field experiments and experience of research in the area described above is desirable.

The post provides an opportunity for an ambitious researcher in development economics to gain valuable research, project management and field experience.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 20 June 2016.

Visit the University of Oxford website to apply.

See website and attached document (PDF) for further details on job description and eligibility

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4 thoughts on “Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.16

  1. Hello,please i couldn’to find the address i will send my filled application form to, as regard the Lusaka workshop. pls help me out.

    Thank you.

    Basheer

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