Transparency for Development Predoctoral Fellowships

The Transparency for Development project seeks between two and four talented and eager ethnographic predoctoral scholars to conduct case studies of health information and social action interventions in Tanzania and Indonesia. Each scholar will be expected to live among and closely observe between 5-10 communities in one of the two countries for a period of two years, to document the social and political processes resulting from an informational intervention to improve health care, including its dissemination, reception by communities, social actions that result, and the response of health care providers and officials. These case studies will be paired with separate quantitative survey studies of a larger group of communities.


This fellowship is ideal for doctoral students interested in conducting field work and writing dissertations in either Tanzania or Indonesia. PhD students should have completed all or most of their coursework and must have demonstrated skill in ethnographic methods, strong writing ability, and experience working in rural developing country settings. Prior experience in rural Indonesia or Tanzania is a strong plus, though not required. Applicants who do not speak Swahili or Bahasa should have demonstrated facility with foreign language as they will need to acquire language skills quickly.


Fellowships carry a yearly stipend of $26,000 to cover living expenses in Tanzania or Indonesia, as well as funding to cover internal travel, supplementary language training as required, and up to two roundtrip tickets from the U.S. Those selected for the fellowship should be prepared to begin training in June or July of 2014.

The Transparency for Development Project is a collaboration of the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Results for Development Institute in Washington, D.C. It is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the U.K. Department for International Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is brokered under the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. More about the program can be found here: Transparency for Democracy Project Summary and here:

Application Procedure

Applications should include:

  • a one-page cover letter outlining interest in the position and relevant experience
  • a five-page writing sample, minimum 12 point font, double spaced, with one inch margins (sections of larger papers are acceptable; please indicate the larger document from which the sample is taken)
  • a resume or C.V.

In addition, two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should be from a faculty member in the applicant’s graduate department (such as a PhD advisor). Letters of recommendation should specifically address the applicant’s skills in ethnographic methods and ability to function effectively in a rural developing country setting.

Applicants should send materials electronically to no later than midnight on Friday, March 14, 2014. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by recommenders.

All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 15, 2014.

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