Brookings Institution | Echidna Global Scholars Program 2024

The Brookings Institution invites applications from scholars worldwide for Echidna Global Scholars Program 2024– an opportunity to pursue a fully funded research project of four to six months at Brookings in the USA. 

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The Center for Universal Education (CUE) of the Brookings Institution is the host institution for the visiting fellowship known as the Echidna Global Scholars Program.

To help the scholars make a difference when they return to their home countries, the Program is structured into two primary sections: leadership training and research on global education challenges.

The Program aims to build the research and analytical skills of NGO leaders and academics with substantial experience and ties to developing countries.

  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Brookings Institution, USA.
  • Scholarship Type: Full Funding
  •  Host Institution(s): Brookings Institution, USA.
  •  Scholarship Worth: Full funding + living stipend of $5,000.
  •  Number of Awards: Not stated.
  • Study level: Postgraduate
  • Nationality; Non-USA applicants

Qualifications and Requirements

  • The Program chooses professionals with extensive connections to and experience in the Global South, as well as a clear intention to return there after finishing their residence at Brookings.
  •  Candidates must be passionate about and have a track record of dedication to enhancing learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and persons who identify as gender non-conforming in and through education.
  •  With a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in either research/academic, non-government and civil society, government, or business, applicants should have a background in education, development, economics, or a similar field.
  •  Education: A master’s degree is required, but a PhD or research background is recommended.
  •  Knowledge/Skills Strong analytical and writing abilities are necessary. The best candidates will be deeply knowledgeable about gender issues and educational growth.

Echidna Global Scholars Program 2024| Benefits

Applicants selected for the fellowship will receive the following;

  • A stipend totalling USD 22,500 to support living costs during the pre-residency and residency periods (subject to U.S. tax withholding and reporting).
  •  In addition, CUE will cover the costs associated with the visa process, single-occupancy housing for the three-and-a-half-month residency period, round-trip travel expenses, and a limited health insurance plan.

Please note that this position is a short-term full-time resident fellowship at Brookings (it is not an employee position).

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested candidates should proceed to apply online and submit a cover letter and CV or resume as one document when they apply. Ensure that you upload the following initial application materials;

  • A cover letter that explains how the Program will affect your life differently, the lives of your community, and your goals and intentions for the Program, along with your CV or resume.
  •  Your CV should include your education and professional experience, a list of your publications, and any fellowships, honours, awards, funded research, or foundation support you have received. Please submit a cover letter and include a CV or resume as one document when you apply, as instructed. 
  •  The completed Echidna Global Scholars Program Application. (Click the hyperlink to access the document and upload it in the “Writing sample” section). 


  • Documents must be saved in a format of Last Name, First Name, and document name (for example, Doe_Jane_CV).
  •  Letters of recommendation, writing samples, and transcripts are NOT required. Please upload Questionnaire and Research Project Proposal in the Writing Sample section.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2024.

More Details at Official Website


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