2023/2024 Africa Fellows in Education Programme

Last Updated on May 3, 2023

Africa Fellows in Education Programme

The Global Education Analytics Institute (GEAI), in collaboration with PEP, invites young African researchers who are motivated to work on educational improvement and could benefit from additional support to submit an expression of interest in the Africa Fellows in Education Program.

The program enables the fellows to participate in a two-year research and policy development fellowship that introduces them to relevant research and analytical experiences and to international networks of researchers and policy advisers. The Global Education Analytics Institute (GEAI) and The Africa Fellows in Education Program (AFE) is supported by the Yidan Prize.


  • Funding includes a $35K research (cash) grant. Other expenses, with a value of up to $25K, for mentorship, study visits, conference travel, and in-country workshops to share research findings and training will be covered directly by the Program.


Applicants must: 

  • Be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country; 
  • Have an MA or Ph.D.  degree, preferably in Economics, education policy, social/public policy, development studies or international development, with a strong focus on education. While a Ph.D. is not mandatory, GEAI encourages fresh Ph.D. graduates who can benefit from mentorship and additional training to become solid researchers; 
  • Be proficient in quantitative data analysis, with a strong knowledge of data analysis software such as R and Stata;  
  • Not be older than 35 years old; 
  • Demonstrate interest in education policy research and analysis; 
  • Have an affiliation at a research or higher education institution in a Sub-Saharan African country, and intend to do so for the foreseeable future; 
  • Qualified females are strongly encouraged to apply. 


The Africa Fellows application process is managed by GEAI, in collaboration with PEP. The applications will be assessed based on a number of factors, including prior preparation and quality of essay (see below). The expression of interest by the applicants should include:  

  • A two-page statement of interest; 
  • A two-page essay. In this essay, the applicant must think and write about a specific education problem in their home country and how such a problem could be scientifically evaluated using quantitative methods. The essay must be prepared in English; 
  • A detailed and updated CV with at least two (2) referees whom the selection committee can contact.  

Applications must be submitted via the PEP intranet system (see detailed procedure below), before the 21st of May 2023 (23:59 GMT).

Here are the steps to submit your application:

  • STEP 1: Register on the PEP website and fill out all required information.
    • Your profile will be activated within 24 hours.  Your username is the email address that you use to register.
  • STEP 2: Access your PEP account. Once your profile has been activated, you can access your PEP account by clicking on the Login button.
  • STEP 3: Complete your “profile”: click on your name (top right corner of your PEP account page).
  • STEP 4: Go to the menu under “My workspace” (top left corner) and click on “Submit a proposal”.
  • Once finished, to make sure that the submission was successful, return to your PEP account and click on “My Projects” (under “My workspace). Select the project and go to “Documents” to find or replace/update your document.

For more information, visit Africa Fellows in Education Program.

Deadline: May 21, 2023

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