STAARS and STAAARS+ Fellows are paired with faculty and research staff affiliated with Cornell University, with whom they jointly author a paper on a topic of mutual interest relating to structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. STAARS and STAAARS+ Fellows’ research uses high-quality panel datasets, such as the World Bank LSMS-ISA data. In addition to producing high-quality publishable research, the STAARS and STAAARS+ fellowships include writing, data management, and communication capacity building designed explicitly to develop and expand the professional reach of talented early-career African scholars. STAARS and STAAARS+ fellowships are sponsored by the African Development Bank and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM). The STAAARS+ Program is part of the Michigan State University Innovation Lab for Food Security Research, Policy, Capacity and Influence.
For a description on the STAARS program and its history read Building research capacity in an under-represented group: The STAARS program experience.
Read “…An exceptional opportunity to promote up-and-coming African researchers” to learn what our previous fellows think about STAARS.
To learn more about the STAARS program read "For STAARS fellows and mentors, their Business is a Better World "
Watch Dr. Abebe Shimeles’ keynote talk to the 2022 STAARS Fellows.
A summary of our Cohort 2 fellows’ work and their final presentation session can be found here.
Decolonizing Development Economics: The STAARS Experience; Kibrom A. Abay, Khadijat B. Amolegbe, Christopher B. Barrett, Kelsey L. Schreiber, Joanna B. Upton