J-PAL MENA Scholars Fellowship at the American University in Cairo

J-PAL MENA Scholars Fellowship at the American University in Cairo

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Middle East and North Africa (J-PAL MENA), at the American University in Cairo, is accepting applications from scholars of economics and related disciplines for the second cohort of the MENA Scholars Fellowship. Both Ph.D. students and scholars who already hold a Ph.D. are eligible to apply. Ph.D. students must be from a MENA country but may be studying anywhere. Postdoctoral scholars must be affiliated with a MENA academic institution.

Throughout the two-year fellowship, the selected fellows will create networks, get mentorship from the J-PAL affiliate network, participate in a dedicated training programme, and contribute to a randomised assessment with J-PAL MENA. Fellows will receive a stipend of $15,000 over the two-year period to help them commit to fellowship programme activities.

Fellows will work with J-PAL affiliates, MENA staff, and implementing partners, receive MIT MicroMasters online courses, and participate in policy events.

Supported by Community Jameel and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, this fellowship will help early-career researchers and scholars broaden their research range to incorporate randomised assessments. Cohorts of MENA Scholars Fellows will assist in building J-PAL MENA’s research portfolio while also strengthening the local grounding and policy influence of impact evaluations throughout the region.


30 April 2024


2 years


A stipend of $15,000 distributed over the study period.


Candidates must:

  • Be specialized in economics or a related discipline, such as public policy, political science, public health, statistics, etc.
  • Be a current doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in economics or a related discipline, or be a scholar who already holds a Ph.D. in economics or a related discipline and is affiliated with a MENA academic institution.
  • Have high-level proficiency in Arabic and English.
  • Be proficient in quantitative analysis tools like Stata or R (highly recommended).
  • Be interested in impact evaluation in policy issues related to poverty alleviation and development in the MENA region.
  • Be able to contribute to research projects related to applied microeconomics and poverty alleviation.
  • Be committed to completing all fellowship activities with J-PAL MENA and actively participating in fellowship opportunities.

How to Apply

Each applicant must complete the application form and include a résumé and a cover letter outlining their motivation for applying for the fellowship.

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