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The Global DATA Fellowship

Save the Children’s Global Development Analysis for Transformation & Accountability Fellowship (the Global DATA Fellowship) seeks to evaluate the implementation and impact of development policies in low and middle-income nations in order to create better policies for children around the world.

By producing on-the-ground research on how policies impact children, Save the Children’s Global DATA Fellows will help inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and achieve lasting change in their lives. The fellowship evaluates global and national policy impacts for the world’s most vulnerable children to inform better decisions by policymakers. 

For potential fellows, the Global DATA Fellowship program provides promising researchers, including those from developing and developed nations, an opportunity to work for 3-12 months with Save the Children where fellows will partner with Save the Children research staff to design, implement, and report on the impact of development policies at the local and national level. 

During this time, fellows will:

  • Explore cutting-edge global development policy research questions
  • Collaborate with Save the Children policy and research staff to promote their work
  • Develop research that will influence global and/or national policy
  • Enhance Save the Children’s effectiveness by ensuring that country-level evidence and realities are core to and inform its work
  • Make an impact on outcomes for children around the world 

What is the topic of the Global DATA Fellowship?

The fellowship seeks to evaluate and address public policies on current topics in global development, and the research topic will be country-specific and driven by the fellow in coordination with Save the Children policy staff. Some potential areas of fellows’ studies may include gender equality, child marriage, education during crises, tax and development, foreign aid effectiveness, maternal and child health, and public budget analysis.

Who can apply?

The Global DATA Fellowship is a paid opportunity designed for early- and mid-career development policy researchers and analysts around the world. Save the Children welcomes a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Fellows should be prepared to commit to 3-12 months of full-time work during their fellowship. 

The fellowship is open to employing a variety of methodological approaches to tackling development policy accountability and implementation issues. Fellows are expected to take the lead in proposing analytical approaches to the research questions we aim to address. While we welcome a variety of research approaches, fellows are expected to have training and experience in either qualitative or quantitative analytical methods. This is not a training program and fellows are expected to have some content area and contextual expertise, and to be able to conduct high-quality research from day one of the fellowship. 

We encourage applicants from developing nations and those with policy experience on themes aligned with Save the Children’s priorities to apply. Applicants do not need a U.S. work visa to apply and can often work in their home country.

How do I apply?

For more specific information on the 2021 Global DATA Fellowship: Foreign Assistance Ownership for Sustainability in Uganda, and to apply, please go here.

For questions on the fellowship please email Andrew Wainer, Director, Policy Research at awainer@savechildren.org


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