The CFI Fellows Program generates research on some of the most pressing questions facing financial inclusion. Launched in July 2015, the program encourages independent researchers and analysts to systematically examine challenges critical to the future of how customers at the base of the economic pyramid engage with financial services. Each fellow researches, analyzes, workshops, writes, and presents over the course of a fellowship that lasts for up to one year.
The program operates on a one year cycle. In July, CFI releases a list of what it sees as the most relevant questions to financial inclusion. Prospective fellows prepare proposals in response to these questions. A multi-disciplinary committee reviews these proposals and selects fellows based on their approach to the topic and framing of the central research question, the quality and feasibility of the research plan, and prior related experience and record of producing influential analytic work. Fellows come from a range of geography, seniority, and subject matter expertise. The program is housed within the Center for Financial Inclusion, and is made possible by financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation.
In the last few years, the program has covered some of the big questions in financial inclusion including:
The Fellows Program continues to produce timely research on these important financial inclusion topics, focusing in 2017 on:
We look forward to continuing the work that has emerged from this program, and facilitates the generation of insights that will advance financial inclusion around the world.
|Current Fellows||Past Fellows|
|Alexis Beggs Olsen||Amy Jensen Mowl|
|John Owens||Leon Perlman|
|Justyna Pytkowska||Christy Stickney|
|Misha Sharma and Shreya Chatterjee||Guy Stuart|
For questions about the program or application process, please contact Sonja E. Kelly at email@example.com.
To submit a proposal or receive regular updates on ongoing research, please visit: bit.ly/FellowsUpdate.
To learn more about the CFI Fellows program, visit the full site: bit.ly/CFI-Fellows.