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Through the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti’s Fellowship Programme, and with generous funding from the Hewlett Foundation and Sida, the Transfer Project works with a select group of talented young researchers from Africa on joint research on national cash transfer programmes. Fellows collaborate with Transfer Project researchers and country evaluation teams, answering a specific research question around the impacts of cash transfers on health, education, or multidimensional poverty utilizing Transfer Project data.

Each fellow spends 2-3 weeks in one of our offices at Innocenti (Florence), FAO (Rome) or UNC (North Carolina) to work on the proposed research and present their past research. During this time, the fellow has access to senior researchers who work as mentors, guiding the conceptualization, analysis and drafting of the study. The remainder of the year-long fellowships are conducted from their home base. Fellows also have the opportunity to present work at international conferences and at the Transfer Project workshop.


Produce an in-depth study examining the effects of cash transfers on a specified topic. Expand the experience of the fellows and enhance their contributions to policy research using national data from the region.

Current Fellows

Previous Fellows


Other Training Opportunities

To help build capacity among programme countries, we offer other training opportunities in collaboration with AERC and with generous funding from Sida.

For example, in October 2018, we sent five students to Bangkok for the International Workshop on Program Impact Evaluation:

  • Isabella Jebiwott Kiplagat. PhD Student and economist at The National Treasury and Planning, Kenya.
  • Juliana Adjem Anchang. PhD Student and Coordinator Public Health Programs, Pan African Institute for Development, Cameroon.
  • Mwisha Janvier Kasiw. PhD student and Lecturer, University of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Richard Foti. MSc Agricultural Economics and M&E consultant, Media Centre Zimbabwe.
  • Lauryn Nyasulu. Principal economist. Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi.

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