USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships

“Attracting great minds to places of great opportunity”

“ So we will continue to pursue advances in science and engineering, in infrastructure and innovation, in education and environmental protection -- especially science-based initiatives.”

-President Barack Obama, Remarks on the 150th Anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences, April 29, 2013

 
The USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships aim to build a sustainable model for knowledge exchange by connecting bright American minds with key in-country organizations to collaboratively apply science, technology, and innovation to complex development challenges. The Fellowships offer unique opportunities for Fellows to provide critical research and technical expertise to exciting, progressive projects and initiatives with tangible and finite goals. Additionally, the Fellowships allow for complementary program design, incorporating the needs of the host organization within the scope of the Fellows’ existing studies and research. Ultimately, the Fellowships hope to foster stronger human networks and improve sharing of organizational best practices under the umbrella of science, technology, and innovation for stronger development. In 2014, through a partnership with the U.S. National Science Foundation, and drawing upon the university resources of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), USAID will send Fellows to opportunities in 13 countries around the world.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and NSF Director Subra Suresh, jointly launch international initiative to address global developm
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and former NSF Director Subra Suresh, jointly launch international initiative to address global development challenges.
Courtesy of NSF
During his first stop on his Africa trip, President Barack Obama, along with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, highlighted the Gov
President Barack Obama and Administrator Rajiv Shah discuss local research and innovation on a recent trip to Senegal.
Pete Souza/White House

 
 


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This program is sponsored by the USAID Office of Science and Technology.

As one of the pillars of the USAID Forward reform agenda, the Office of Science and Technology (OST) aims to transform USAID into the global leader in development by pioneering scientific, technological and research-motivated approaches to traditional development challenges. Learn more about the Office of Science and Technology.


To become involved in the Research and Innovation Fellowships or for additional information, please contact RIFellowships@usaid.gov and visit https://sites.google.com/site/usaidrifellowships/home. Join this conversation on Twitter @USAIDscitech, #RIFellowships

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Last updated: January 16, 2014

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