Twenty promising EfD researchers who received their PhDs within the last five years are now embarking on the new EfD Early Career Fellowship Program. The program aims to help them develop their skills in conducting high-quality and policy-relevant research.
The participants, nine men and eleven women meet for the first time today, May 4. They have specialized in sub-fields of economics that are relevant for the EfD network, such as environmental, development, agricultural, forest, and energy economics.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a part of this program. I hope to use the knowledge gained from the fellowship to engage in policy interaction and be able to influence environmental policies through research," says Chizoba Obianuju Oranu, EfD Nigeria.
The program includes three components. The first is training in advanced quantitative methods, gender analysis of environmental management, climate and development economics, policy engagement and communication, and academic writing.
The second component is mentorship by senior members of the EfD network and other international collaborators. And finally, the program will include a series of research workshops.
“I did not think twice when I saw a call for the EfD Early Career Fellowship program. I felt this is the chance for me to learn what they know and possibly, be better than them!” says John Sseruyange, EfD Uganda.
The program is planned to run until December 2023 for this pioneer group.