EASST seeks to build the capacity of the “next generation” of East African researchers in experimental design, econometrics, and field-based data collection of anti-poverty programs. EASST supports researchers by offering visiting fellowships for East African social scientists to equip them with the skills and partnerships needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of social or economic development projects in the region.
Launched in 2012, the EASST Visiting Fellowship invites qualified East African researchers to apply for a “sabbatical” at the University of California, Berkeley campus for up to four months during the Fall or Spring semester. Researchers are paired with a CEGA faculty mentor and local PhD student who provide support in research design, quantitative data analysis, proposal writing, and presentation. Selected fellows audit courses, present research, attend seminars, develop curricula and design collaborative research projects. Fellows receive a living stipend, round-trip air travel to Berkeley, CA, and the opportunity to receive seed funding to promote impact evaluation at their home institution in East Africa. The fellowship program has resulted in several successful research collaborations between East African and CEGA researchers, with many of the scholars developing and submitting competitive proposals to the research competition.