Echidna Global Scholars Visiting Fellowship(Fully-funded)


Echidna Global Scholars Visiting Fellowship(Fully-funded)

The Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings’ Echidna Global Scholars Program aims to stimulate and magnify the influence of regional leaders working to achieve gender equality in and through education throughout the Global South.

Echidna Global Scholars develop their leadership and evidence-based policy skills over the course of a six-month fellowship, conduct individual research aimed at enhancing learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and gender non-conforming people, increase their pathways for impact, and develop their knowledge of gender and global education issues. Scholars join the Echidna Alumni Network after completing the fellowship, a developing community of practice that aims to promote their considerable, ongoing, and combined influence on gender-transformative education both locally and globally.


The Echidna Global Scholars fellowship consists of three distinct phases:

  1. Pre-residency (in home country): With the support from the Center for Universal Education (CUE), scholars begin an intensive period of in-country data collection and analysis, accompanied by a series of virtual workshops, group working meetings, and individual advisory sessions. Scholars are introduced to the leadership concepts and tools that will be the focus of the leadership development program throughout the fellowship and begin developing their impact strategy—identifying and engaging with local stakeholders from their home country.
  2. Residency (Washington, D.C.): Scholars focus on expanding reach and impact through publication and dissemination of their research on Brookings’s multimedia platforms, strategic impact capacity building, leadership development, and networking. The residency phase is designed to help scholars strengthen their impact by teaching best practices for analyzing, communicating, and leveraging research for policy and key audiences, as well as expanding scholars’ networks and promoting visibility through Brookings convenings and strategic collaborations—culminating in the girls’ education research and policy symposium.
  3. Post-residency (in home country): During the two-year post-residency period, the CUE team provides targeted support to alumni as they implement impact plans that build off their research. Through strategic advisement, group working meetings, and leadership development support, scholars leverage the knowledge, skills, and connections built throughout the fellowship to catalyze change in their local contexts.


The Echidna Alumni Network, a social impact network that offers ongoing guidance, support, and opportunities for significant, sustained, and collective influence on gender-transformative education in the Global South and on the larger global education ecosystem, accepts all scholars after the fellowship residency in Washington, D.C.

The Echidna Alumni Network manages the Echidna Scholar Collaborative Research and Impact Fund and organizes the Echidna Global Scholar Dialogue series, a series of quarterly workshops that brings together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates to engage in conversation based on evidence about critical issues pertaining to gender equality and education in the Global South.

Virtually three times a year, alumni scholars gather to discuss strategic priorities, learning requirements, and interests, as well as to hear from network working groups. Furthermore, twice-monthly “Solidarity Sessions” provide offer a space for scholars to give and receive the psychosocial support so necessary for those at the forefront of social and cultural change.


Echidna Global Scholars entering the fellowship are mid-career leaders with experience in and a demonstrated commitment to improving learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and gender non-conforming people in and through education in the Global South.

Specific criteria for eligibility:

  • Substantial experience in, ties to, and a clear intent to return to a country in the Global South.
  • Background in education, development, public policy, economics, or a related area; a Master’s degree (or higher) is required.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in research/academia, nongovernmental, community, or civil society organizations, or government.
  • An intimate understanding of education development issues and gender.
  • Ability to collaborate with others, openness to give and receive feedback, and capacity and desire to learn with speed and flexibility.
  • All Echidna Global Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in English.

The application period for the 2023 Echidna Global Scholars Visiting Fellowship is now open. You can find the job announcement here, and any prospective applicants can register for an informational session taking place on Tuesday, October 25 from 8-9 a.m. ET here. The application period will close on December 1, 2022.

In addition to a cover letter and CV, all applicants answer a questionnaire and submit a 3-5 page proposal for a uniquely developed research project designed to increase the evidence base and improve learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and gender non-conforming people in their countries.

*** The application period for the 2023 Echidna Global Scholars Program is open through Decemer 1, 2022.***


Since its inception in 2012, the Echidna Global Scholars Program has hosted ten cohorts of fellows and currently supports an alumni network of 33 scholars from 20 different countries.

This program is made possible by the generous contribution of Echidna Giving.

Please email [email protected] with any questions about the program.


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