The Cornell University STAARS Fellowship Program aims for publication of research results in high quality, peer-reviewed journals and as working papers.
The Structural Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Africa (STAARS) Fellowship is a multi-institutional collaboration managed by Cornell University in collaboration with the World Bank Development Research Group. and the Economic Policy Partnership (PEP) have issued an annual call for research proposals.
Early-career researchers have been selected as STAARS Fellows in 2024 to advance rigorous policy research on the causal determinants of productivity and income growth. Accumulation of assets rural employment and risk management in African agriculture and rural areas.
Cornell University’s STAARS program covers a period of 15 months from the expected date of selection to the final submission of the work by the STAARS fellow. Selected STAARS fellows are matched with at least one primary mentor. who is a faculty member Senior Research Officer or affiliated researchers at Cornell, World Bank, or PEP and who are interested in the proposed topic, as well as (additional juniors) fellow mentors
When selected Mentoring and collaboration begins immediately with a series of STAARS peer, mentor, and leadership related workshops that occur during the first several weeks of the fellowship period. A period of regular remote collaboration followed by weekly or bi-weekly virtual meetings. During this time Training workshops will be held at relevant points in the team’s research process. The workshops are designed to assist in the professional development of fellows and enhance their skills.
Applications closed: January 19, 2024
Value and duration of the award: The Fellowship covers travel and training expenses.
Eligible Countries: African countries
feature: To be considered for a Cornell University Fellowship, you must:
- Be a career researcher at the doctorate level. Students in their final year before completing their degree or especially those completing a doctoral degree. Not earlier than 2018
- Preference is given to researchers who have obtained at least one degree from an African university. Plan to work professionally in middle- and low-income countries. and have proposals related to the research topics listed above.
- Qualified female researchers are especially encouraged to apply.
- STAARS welcomes applications from new Ph.D. Graduates can benefit from mentoring and further training to become internationally recognized and respected researchers.
- Fellows are expected to complete their proposed projects by submitting their findings as a draft work report by December 13, 2024, and to submit the report to peer-reviewed journals and/or conferences. by experts by June 30, 2025
- Researchers are expected to be familiar with and have demonstrated access to existing datasets. and have a good working knowledge of appropriate software. These are typically Stata and/or R and are interested in econometric analysis of high quality datasets. Knowledge of georeferenced data and GIS software to manage it is an asset.
- Knowledge of Stata and/or R will be assessed in the finalist stage.
How to use:
- Interested and qualified applicants should submit their completed proposal by clicking on “Apply for this scholarship.” below
- A document summarizing the questions and can be used to collect answers before submitting them online can be found at the link generated below.
- Accepted applicants will be notified by mid-March 2024 and are expected to begin remote collaboration with their mentor. And be prepared to attend the launch event as soon as you are accepted.
Required documents: How to apply for the Cornell University Fellowship:
Applicants will be required to prepare a research proposal of up to 2,500 words, motivating the chosen topic and research objectives. Summary of data sources and methods presented And there is a reliable plan for completing the project by June 30, 2025. The proposed project uses information that Non-public entities must provide documentation that they have access to that information. All proposals must be made in English.