The award is intended to cover the costs of travel and expenses for a scholar and mentor to work together on a specific research project in a high priority area for the scholar’s country. The maximum fellowship grant will be $5,000. Up to $4,500 can be allocated for travel expenses for the scholar to visit the mentor’s workplace and/or to meet with the mentor at a professional meeting. Up to $1,500 can be allocated for mentor travel and other expenses during the fellowship period. Research topics should fall within the mission of the AAEA (www.aaea.org/about-aaea).
Scholars should be professional economists who are citizens of and reside in a developing country. A complete list of qualifying countries is available under the headings “Low-income economies” and “Lower-middle-income economies” at: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income. Scholars should either have completed their terminal degree or will complete it within the year. Students studying in countries that are not considered “low-income economies” and “lower-middle-income economies” may apply, but they must be completing their degree and planning to permanently reside in a “low-income” and “lower-middle-income” country by the end of 2015. Mentors can reside in any part of the world, but each must be an AAEA member.
To apply, scholars should submit the following:
- Cover letter outlining proposed plan for mentorship, including contact information for the mentor, proposed dates and nature of the research project and collaboration, and outputs expected
- Recent CV
- Research proposal outlining the research project that the applicant will work on with his or her mentor (maximum 3 single-spaced pages)
- Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s department head/supervisor stating that the institution supports the applicant’s participation
- Letter of intent to collaborate from the proposed mentor
Learn more about the Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship Award on AAEA website: http://www.aaea.org/trust/special-purpose-funds/uma-lele-mentor-fellowship-fund
View the Call for Applications on AAEA Website: http://www.aaea.org/trust/special-purpose-funds/uma-lele-mentor-fellowship-fund/uma-lele-mentor-fellowship-award-call-for-applications