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Global Development Research

Global Development Research

Global Development Research

ASU is a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship Campus

ASU is among six universities chosen to partner with the Global Development Lab of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Through this partnership, ASU created the Global Development Research Program, which enables graduate students to obtain USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships that foster global collaboration, advance use-inspired research and improve lives.

Planting the Seeds of Sustainable Development

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Top-tier master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral students are eligible to apply for Research and Innovation Fellowships through the GDR Program. Prospective GDR Scholars find development projects that suit their interests by browsing an extensive international catalog.

Upwards of 400 projects span disciplines such as biological sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, geosciences, materials research, mathematics, physics and astronomy, social sciences and sustainability. This variety allows GDR Scholars to leverage their specific area of expertise in the cultivation of solutions to complex development challenges.

U.S. Global Development Lab

The next incubator of Science, Technology, and Innovation is here.

The U.S. Global Development Lab serves as an innovation hub to harness the power of innovative tools and approaches that accelerate development impact.

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Global Development Research Scholars engage in the following:

  • Collaborate with cutting-edge scientists, scholars and innovators from around the globe
  • Explore countries like Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Senegal and South Africa
  • Discover and scale new technologies and innovations
  • Connect to a worldwide network of development professionals
  • Co-design sustainable solutions to development challenges
  • Work hands-on with researchers, NGOs and governments in developing countries

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Enrollment as a graduate or post-doctoral student
  • Open to qualifying U.S. citizens and international students
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Identification of a research opportunity matching scholar’s skills
  • Letter of reference from a faculty mentor
  • Letter of acceptance from host institution