Every year the RSM Program provides grants of up to $25,000 to PhD candidates from developing countries to conduct innovative, development-related, PhD research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad.

Fellows must commit to return to their home country when their fellowship ends to complete their PhD and to work.

Preference is given to lecturers and researchers who are employed in academic or research institutions in their home country and are currently enrolled in PhD programs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Home country of the candidate is a World Bank member developing country. (The list of eligible countries can be consulted at http://go.worldbank.org/S2ADVPZVX0)
  • Not being a dual citizen of a developed country or a country that is not a World Bank member.
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in a World Bank member country.
  • Having completed all coursework and exam requirements for PhD at the time of application.
  •  Having a master’s degree.
  •  Being 35 years or younger as of February 11, 2015.
  • ·Meeting one of the following conditions:
  •  Being enrolled in a PhD program in home country, and not currently employed.
  • Being enrolled in a PhD program in home country and employed in home country.
  • Enrolled in a PhD program in a World Bank member country outside of home country and employed in home country.
  • Not being an Executive Director(ED), ED’s alternate, staff, or consultant of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), and not having any relatives or in-laws who are employed by the World Bank Group in any capacity, including consulting.
  • Not having previously been the recipient of the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship.
  • Being accepted as a visiting scholar for a period of six to ten months by a university or research center in a World Bank member country other than home country.
  • Research proposal endorsed by PhD thesis supervisor and host institution research advisor.
  •  Being able to begin the fellowship between July and December, 2015.
  • Being able to complete the proposed fellowship research in 6 to 10 months.
  • Committing to working in home country after completion of PhD.


  • Deadline for submitting your interest to ACIP : February 3, 2015.
  • Deadline for online application: February 11, 2015.

How To Apply

1) Please visit the website of ​our below ​ Partner University and​ ​identify the professor with whom you would like to do your research work. You would be required to identify around ​​5 professors in the Partner universities.

  • Clemson University,
  • USA University of New Mexico, USA
  • University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • University of California, Davis USA


2) Email to amrita.opportunities@gmail.com with your resume and the ​below ​ details of the professor, subject title as​​ ​​​​'WORLD BANK - PhD Opportunity' 
​Professor Name:
Email ID:
Profile Link:


​​ 3) Provide us your HOD details, Current work details, SOP.

For further queries, please reach out to Sujatha/Kartik at amrita.opportunities@gmail.com or call 0476-2804152