Echidna Global Scholars Program on Girls’ Education Policies 1027 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution seeks to help build expertise on girls’ education policies and programs in developing countries and invites NGO leaders and academics with ties to developing countries, to apply for the Echidna Global Scholars Program for 2020. During the residency at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC (tentatively, June 2020 to October 2020), guest scholars are given the opportunity to pursue their own independent research on an approved topic, on global education issues with a specific focus on improving learning opportunities in girls’ education. Echidna scholars will also be supported to develop and implement a plan to share their expertise with their home institution to further build research capacity and expertise.

Echidna Global Scholars must be available for a full-time, on-site affiliation with the Brookings Institution for the entire duration of the residency of the program as well as a pre-arrival data collection phase of research prior to their arrival. The research project must take place within a 7-8-month timeframe of pre-residency and residency work. Data collection must be completed by the scholar at home prior to the start of the residency at Brookings in Washington, D.C. Analysis and writing must be completed during the residency. The residency will begin on or around June 2020 and end in mid-October 2020. Scholars must also participate in the leadership development component throughout the program, including pre-residency components.

During their residency at Brookings, Echidna Scholars work with CUE staff to develop a research project. They draw upon Brookings’ intellectual capital and convening power, as well as the extended public policy community in Washington through meetings and conferences, and through networking with the broader international development community.


Echidna Scholars will receive a living stipend of US$5,000 a month while in Washington, DC, (subject to U.S. tax withholding), paid single-occupancy housing for the 4-and-a-half month term, round-trip travel expenses and a limited health insurance plan. Echidna scholars will work with the Center staff on developing their specific research project.

The research project should be conceptualized as a 7-8-month research and writing process beginning while the scholar is at home prior to the residency. Scholars may apply for seed funding to implement their research findings in a pilot program after the residency, as upon completion of their fellowship, CUE will support the scholars to implement an action plan that applies their new skills and expertise in the developing country where they have substantial ties.


Applicants must be professionals with substantial experience in and ties to developing countries, an intent to return to a developing country after completing the period of residency at Brookings, and a passion and demonstrated commitment to girls’ education. They should have a background in education, development, economics, or a related area, with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in either research/academia; non-government and civil society; government; or business.  They need to possess at least a Masters degree, and those with Ph.D. or research background are strongly preferred.

Applicants need to have strong analytical and writing skills and an intimate understanding of education development issues and gender. Those who have not worked explicitly on girls’ education previously are welcome to apply but should include an explanation of how this focus on girls’ education can be integrated successfully into their current and future work.

The research topics of the applicants must be focused on education priorities for girls, which can include “second generation” priorities, like: 1) ensuring that girls can attend and complete primary and secondary school; 2) making schools safer and more secure; 3) improving the quality of learning for girls; 4) supporting girls’ transition to higher education and employment; and 5) cultivating local country leaders to champion this work at the grassroots level. Topics may also include the inter-generational effects of girls’ education, innovations in early childhood that are relevant for girls’ education, girls’ education in conflict settings, or quality education for indigenous and/or minority girls. Echidna Global Scholars are also encouraged to include areas of research focused on girls’ skills development. Other girls’ education issues lacking evidence are also welcome.



Applications are to be done online by 1 October 2019.

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