J-PAL’s MENA Scholars Fellowship 2024

 Deadline: 30th of April, 2024, at 11:59 pm EEST (GMT+2)

Applications for the J-PAL’s 2024 MENA Scholars Fellowship are now being accepted.Through the MENA Scholars Fellowship, academics working in the MENA area can gain the knowledge and expertise necessary to plan and carry out randomized assessments of social development and poverty alleviation policies and initiatives.

The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and Community Jameel are supporting early career researchers and scholars who want to add randomized evaluations to their portfolio of research. This is made possible by the MENA Scholars Fellowship. The research portfolio of J-PAL MENA will be shaped by cohorts of MENA Scholars Fellows, who will also contribute to the strengthening of impact evaluations’ local grounding and policy influence throughout the area.


  • Each Fellow will receive a USD$15,000 stipend over the two-year fellowship period. Stipends will support Fellows’ participation and commitment to fellowship program activities.


To be eligible for the Fellowship, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Candidates should be specialized in Economics and/or relevant disciplines (such as public policy, political science, public health, statistics, etc.)
    • Track 1 – PhD Students: This track is open for candidates that are currently pursuing a PhD in economics or a related discipline.
      • It includes those whose nationalities are from the MENA region and are enrolled in PhD programs at universities in or outside the MENA region.
    • Track 2 – Academic scholars: This track is open for candidates who have completed a PhD in economics or a related discipline and are affiliated with a MENA academic institution.
  • Language skills: High-level of proficiency (fluent or native) in Arabic and English.
  • Quantitative skills:Proficiency in Stata or R are highly recommended.
  • Research in MENA: Fellows should manifest an interest in impact evaluation in policy issues related to poverty alleviation and development in the MENA region.
  • Ability to contribute to the work of a team: Candidates should be able to contribute to research projects related to applied microeconomics and poverty alleviation in sectors such as education, health, climate change among others. Candidates have to be keen on running randomized evaluations (but not necessarily have prior experience conducting them). Candidates should be motivated and organized to work independently, and to deliver on their responsibilities as part of a multi-year research project team.
  • Commitment: The candidate must be committed to completing all fellowship activities with J-PAL MENA for the duration of the fellowship, and actively participating in opportunities afforded via the fellowship.

Program Details:

The fellowship includes eight components:

  1. Work on randomized evaluation: Fellows will work on a randomized evaluation with a J-PAL affiliate, J-PAL MENA staff (for evaluations in Egypt), and implementing partners, learning about and experiencing the lifecycle of an impact evaluation.
  2. Mentoring: Fellows will be paired with a mentor from the J-PAL affiliate network, J-PAL MENA Scientific Directors, or J-PAL MENA Post-Doctoral Fellows.
  3. Networking: Fellows will be a member of their cohort and a growing network of MENA Scholars Fellows, and will join a larger worldwide network of Scholars Fellows in other regions, in addition to having access to the J-PAL MENA network.
  4. Education: Fellows will enroll and complete the MIT MicroMasters online courses to build randomized evaluation design, econometric analysis, and other related skills.
  5. Capacity Building: Supplemental training targeted at the cohort of Fellows will be delivered by J-PAL MENA post-doctoral fellows and staff, focused on unique aspects of randomized evaluations in the MENA region, personal website development, proposal writing, and to offer deeper technical training.
  6. Media coverage: Fellows will have the opportunity to receive guidance from J-PAL and a public relations firm to increase media coverage of their research and policy implications.
  7. Event participation: Fellows will be invited to present and participate at J-PAL MENA policy events in the region alongside J-PAL affiliated professors and leadership.
  8. Evaluation Design Project: Fellows will have the opportunity in the second year of the fellowship to design their own randomized evaluation on a topic of their interest in the MENA region and with guidance from their mentors.


Each applicant must complete this application form and provide a Resume and a Cover Letter as part of the application form explaining their motivation behind applying for the fellowship.

Application closes on April 30, 2024, at 11:59 pm EEST (GMT+2)

The selection process of the short-listed candidates will include a first round of applications screening by J-PAL MENA senior staff, and the following step will be an interview with the J-PAL affiliates selection committee. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of May 2024.

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