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Application process

Application process

Application process

Apply to the GDR Scholars program

STEP ONE: Search the USAID online catalog., and filter the opportunities by discipline, country, length of project and more. Once you find a host opportunity, apply to that host through the same website to indicate your interest. You should apply for multiple opportunities but only accept one opportunity.

Prospective GDR Scholars must enter the application process by creating an account on the ASU-USAID Fellowships Catalog.

Identify and work with a faculty mentor, both through the application process and for the duration of your enrollment in the GDR Program.

Search the catalog, and filter the opportunities by discipline, country, length of project and more. Once you find a host opportunity, apply to that host through the same website to indicate your interest. You should only apply for one host opportunity.

Please note, hosts will accept one applicant per opportunity (unless there are multiple positions available). Upon your acceptance, the host will send you a letter of invitation that you will use in your final application for the project, and will mark the opportunity as “filled” on the website. The listing will still be viewable in the USAID catalog, but no one else will be able to apply.



STEP TWO: Prepare and submit your final application package to gdrscholars@asu.edu by December 1. Your GDR Program manager, Mohamed Abdalla, will answer all your questions regarding the preparation and submission of your final application packet.

The application packet includes the following items:

  1. Application Form for ASU GDR Scholars
  2. Application Form for USAID
  3. Resume/CV (maximum 2 pages)
  4. Unofficial transcript
  5. Letter of interest
  6. Project description
  7. Itemized budget for travel costs and stipend
  8. Host letter of invitation
  9. Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor or mentor
  10. Email application package to gdrscholars@asu.edu Cc: Mohamed Abdalla

Application overview PDF


Award Announcement and Pre-departure Preparation

The GDR Program manager will announce the scholars by mid-January. Scholars selected for Spring will be required to enroll in a 1 credit hour intensive workshop course* covering methods in project design and planning. Upon return, scholars may be asked to share experiences with other scholars, and mentor the incoming scholars cohort.




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More program Information from USAID:

http://www.usaid.gov/RIFellowships