USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: November 28, 2016

The Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) seek qualified master's and doctoral candidates to complete 2–12 month research fellowships in the developing world. Graduate students from all Rutgers schools across Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick with an interest in global development or in opportunities to conduct applied scientific research with a positive social or environmental impact are eligible to apply for the Research and Innovation Fellowship Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Successful candidates will have experience in applied research or scientific and technological innovation. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, must be in good academic standing, and cannot be scheduled to graduate before completion of the fellowship. Candidates chosen for the fellowship will receive grant funding to cover travel and in-country living costs for the duration of the fellowship.

To be selected, all candidates must identify a partner organization and work with that organization to develop a research project. A competitive project will align closely with the candidate's own academic goals and interests while meeting the needs of the host organization. Please visit the USAID online catalog of fellowships to learn more about available opportunities.  It is also possible for interested candidates to propose their own fellowship, with the approval of the GAIA Centers and USAID.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2017 fellowship is November 28, 2016. It can take several weeks to identify a host organization and finalize your fellowship, so we urge students to start the application process as soon as possible. Candidates are encouraged to contact senior program manager Gregory Spear for guidance before they begin the application.