Program Description

CAD’s Research Fellowship Program is designed to provide Masters-level Graduate Students with the opportunity to learn about Peru, in general, and governance and legal issues relating to economies in transition, in particular. Fellows will serve as CAD Fellows, be included on our roster of affiliated researchers, and receive credit in our published reports.

Fellows will conduct practical research (including field research) grounded in up-to-date theoretical models and analysis of top-priority public policy issues in Peru. They will also aid CAD in improving program implementation and in designing incentives or "levers" through which their analysis will result in desired policy outcomes in the short, medium, and long terms. Research and program implementation areas include, among others: legal ethics; transparency, accountability and access to information; corruption; citizen participation in governance; economic, social and environmental impact of public policies; corporate social responsibility; communications and media for citizen engagement; and monitoring and evaluation of development programming.

What really marked me during my tenure at CAD was the rich learning atmosphere in the office. Of course, the staff works hard, but they also take time to discuss issues, ranging from CAD’s work and mission to salient political themes, both Peruvian and international. (Karen Greiner, SRF 05)

Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of their time in Lima to learn about Peru and development and policy issues as they play out in the Peruvian context. Fellows will have access to CAD's contacts with Peru's top universities (where our staff also teach), lawyers, policymakers, and development professionals. CAD encourages Fellows to engage with Peruvian peers in their field of interest and will be happy to assist Fellows in making contacts with area professionals. Fellows also benefit from our in-house educational program, which includes an initial orientation program, weekly in-depth policy and news briefings/discussions, and regular staff presentations on current projects.

At CAD, I not only gained the opportunity to further develop my research, writing and presentation skills, I also had a chance to improve my Spanish. But perhaps more than anything, I will remember with great fondness the kindness of my bright, energetic co-workers, and the friendships and memories we built in such a short time. (Soraya Kelly, SRF 05)

While Spanish proficiency is helpful, it is not required. CAD can assist Fellows in locating Spanish language classes in Lima and Fellows will have ample opportunities to practice their Spanish with CAD staff.

My fellowship at CAD both built on my previous experience and helped me put into practice the skills and interests I developed in the first year of my masters program. I learned an incredible amount about the strengths of Peruvians and the challenges they face. (Margaret Price, SRF 2010)