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USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships
“Attracting great minds to places of great opportunity”
Become a Host Institution: The USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships are part of a global network organized through the U.S. Agency for International Development in collaboration with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the RI Fellowships program partner universities. The network provides a novel model for achieving sustainable solutions to global development challenges by allowing Fellow and Host institutions to tap into new expertise, resources, and energy in a collaborative manner.
Hosts have a unique opportunity to engage in research collaborations with U.S. counterparts in similar fields. Hosts not only gain the knowledge and research skills of their respective counterpart, but Fellows also connect hosts to a wide network of prestigious U.S. institutions. Hosts are universities, private sector corporations, research institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, all focused on the goals of promoting experiences, educational initiatives, and research relevant to international development.
Roles and Responsibilities of a Host: The sponsoring host must provide opportunities to participate in a research project with defined development impacts and tangible, measurable goals. In addition to their contributions to the host, Fellows should be able to take away knowledge, skills, and experience to facilitate future career opportunities as well as personal and professional growth. Host institutions will be required to host Fellows for 2-12 months and provide onsite supervisors. The Research and Innovation Fellowships team recognizes that achieving sustainable solutions to global development requires working in collaboration with countries and partners of all sizes. The Fellowships provide a new model of development allowing host institutions to tap into expertise, resources, and innovations that can potentially bring groundbreaking solutions to solving development challenges.
Host One-Pager [PDF, 172kb]
Host Terms and Conditions [PDF, 306kb]
Program Process Infographic [PDF, 248kb]
Example of an RI Fellowship Host Opportunity [PDF, 321kb]
Example of Institutional Letter of Approval [PDF, 192kb]
Snapshot of Research and Innovation Fellows [PDF, 365kb]
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To become involved in The Fellowships or for additional information, please contact RIFellowships@usaid.gov.
Last updated: February 23, 2015