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Global Development Fellows Program
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Global Development Fellows Program
A UC Berkeley graduate student international development-focused program, developed in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development with the support of the Global Food Initiative of the Office of the President of the University of California, the Chevron Corporation and other generous donors
Office of the PresidentSlide2
Global Development Fellows
Opportunity for graduate students to:contribute to the search for solutions to complex global development challenges apply and share problem solving skills and technical knowledge
learn new skillse
xperience a new contextjoin a growing professional network sharing a common experience
Who else is involved
The UC Berkeley’s Global Development Fellows Program (GDF) is an expansion of USAID’s Research and Innovation Fellowship program, developed to attract the nation’s best minds into the fight against global povertyOriginally focused on National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows, the program was
expanded in 2015 to include grad students
who are not NSF Fellows from six universities: UC Berkeley, UC Davis,
the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, Arizona State University, and Rutgers
UniversityGrowing collaboration with other UC ca
mpuses, especially UC DavisSlide4
How does GDF work?
Qualified UC Berkeley graduate level students (enrolled Masters, PhD) have access to an on-line catalogue of opportunities developed from requests from USAID partner organizationsOpportunities eligible for GDF involve 8-12 week assignments during 2016 summer breakIf accepted by the organization listing the opportunity, students can apply for a flat $7,500 fellowship to cover travel, housing and other costs associated the opportunity. Some hosting organizations provide additional support
Fellowships are usually taxableSlide5
Generated by USAID partner organizationsUniversities, research institutes, not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, local businesses and international corporationsApproximately 150 opportunities requiring graduate-level skills are currently listedMany opportunities have a STEM focus but others involve social science, management, business, etc.Slide6
“Bring your own” option
If you are interested in a non-listed opportunity with a qualifying organization, that organization can apply to be listed through the catalogGDF staff are asked to vet such opportunities but the final decision rests with USAIDThe opportunity can be listed as “open” or reserved for UC Berkeley students or even to an individual studentIf accepted into the catalog and the hosts selects you for the opportunity, you can apply for GDF fundingFunding is NOT automaticSlide7
Criteria for hosting
Must be a non-governmental organization, university, research institution, government agency, philanthropic organization, a not-for-profit entity associated with a private sector company, or a private organization involved in demonstrable development work Must be accredited or in good standing within their professional communityMust demonstrate interest and commitment by providing tangible support to Fellows commensurate with their organization or institution’s abilities and capacitySlide8
Criteria for opportunities
Must be of high scientific merit and feasibilityMust offer the potential for development impactMust provide a safe and secure work environment which allows Fellows access to all appropriate resources in order to effectively complete their fellowshipMust identify a Supervisor/mentor who is available throughout the duration of the Fellowship and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the project Slide9
GDF to date
36 GDF Fellows – MDP, Goldman, Public Health, Haas15 countries; 28 organizationsMexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, the PhilippinesSlide10
Up to 41 Fellowships29 funded by USAID (open but only US citizens and legal residents)7 funded by UCOP Global Food Initiative (only agriculture and food but open to all)5 funded by MDP thorough funding provided by Chevron and other private donorsSlide11
How to find an opportunity
Consult the online Research and Innovation Fellowship catalog: https://www.rifellowships.org/Find an opportunity that’s right for you and meets GDF criteria?
Follow the online link to create an account
Apply to the host – you can apply to one or many opportunitiesHost should get back to you within seven days
Set up a Skype
, phone or email interview to explore further, negotiate the project scope, timing, etc.
Alternatively, work with a prospective “bring your own” host to get your opportunity listedSelection
Host makes their selection among applicants and issues a Letter of Invitation - only one invitation per opportunity
Each student can accept only one invitationSlide12
Securing a GDF Fellowship
Host Letter of Invitation does NOT guarantee a fellowshipUC Berkeley GDF Fellowship applications are due by midnight PST on January 13, 2017Host letter of invitation1-2 page resumeTwo letters of recommendation (e.g., from faculty,
former employers, etc. – at least one from faculty)
Work plan Budget
Application should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.orgSlide13
When do I find out?
On or about February 8th you will receive official notice if you have been accepted into the UC Berkeley Global Development Fellows programMandatory orientation session on February 15th
You must formally accept the fellowship and commit to the program by February 24
Spring 2017:Participate in a mandatory no-credit preparation program in which you will refine your scope of work and work plan, develop consulting, presentation and cross-cultural skills, and learn how to stay safe and healthy Dates (tentative):Wednesday, February 15 (noon – 1
) Kick off lunchThursday, March 16 (5-7pm)
Thursday, April 6 (5-7pm)Thursday, April 13 (5-7pm)Saturday, April 15 (9am – 5pm) UC-wide Conference (UC Davis)
Thursday, April 20 (5-7pmSlide15
Summer 2017In-country field work for a minimum of 8 weeksFall 2017Participate in a debriefing eventAnd beyond…
Continue to connect and collaborate with your host and other Research and Innovation Fellows through the RI Fellows networkSlide16
More info and questions?
Global Development Fellows webpage: http://mdp.berkeley.edu/global-development-fellowships-about/Research and Innovation Fellowships catalog: rifellowships.orgInformation for prospective hosts: https://www.usaid.gov/RIFellowships/host-institutionsApplication:
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