World Bank Robert S. Mcnamara Fellowship Program (RSM Fellowships),,…

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  • The application deadline for all candidates is December 1
  • For undergraduate university applications, the application is usually due the third week of February; the specific deadline is announced at the meeting.
  • The application deadline for all candidates is December 1. The application and supporting documents should arrive by that date and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all applicants. Applications must be received by this date for admission consideration. Consideration is given only to complete applications received on time. Other graduate degree programs at Princeton University use later deadlines; the Woodrow Wilson School deadline is December 1.


  • This program is designed to attract outstanding professionals from developing countries to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. The McNamara Fellowship is a cost sharing partnership between Princeton University and the World Bank. The Program studies are in English.
  • The McNamara Fellowship provides a $10,000 tuition scholarship as well as a $10,000 stipend. The Woodrow Wilson School supplements this fellowship by covering the remainder of tuition and providing additional stipend funds for living expenses as well as a $1,200 reimbursement for travel expenses (family members are not covered).
  • McNamara Fellows are expected to apply their enhanced knowledge and skills acquired at Princeton in their role as policy professionals, as they contribute to the development process in their respective countries.
  • The World Bank is the fellowship sponsor. In keeping with the purpose of the McNamara Fellowship Program, the World Bank requires McNamara Fellows to agree to return to their home country upon completion of the master’s degree.
  • In addition, in keeping with the nature of the McNamara Fellowship, all fellowship holders are required by the World Bank to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa that specifies the holder is subject to the two year home residency rule.

Eligibility and Restrictions:

  • GRE for graduate school

Application Procedure:

Applications for Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program should be obtained directly from Princeton University. And the applicants should follow the deadline policy of the University. html

  • To find out more about the J-1 exchange visitor visa and the home residency rule:

  • Contact for visa related matters at Princeton
  • Jennifer McNabb
    Office of Visa Services
    120 Alexander Street
    Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ 08544
    Tel: (609) 258- 1445
    Fax: (609) 258-2502

  • Contact for the McNamara Fellowship
  • Jose Ochoa
    Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
    109 Robertson Hall
    Woodrow Wilson School
    Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ 08544
    Tel. (609) 258-5669

  • Contact information for Master’s Degree in Public Policy
  • Robertson Hall

    Princeton University

    Princeton, NJ 08544-1013

    Phone: (609) 258-4836


  • To find out more about the Master in Public Policy:

  • To find out more about admission to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs:

  • To find out more about specific requirements for admission to the Master in Public Policy:

  • To apply to the Undergraduate Program: Admission to the Woodrow Wilson School is by application only. Applications are available in 114 Robertson Hall the day after the general informational meeting which is usually held the first week of February. The meeting time and place is advertised in the Daily Princetonian. The application is usually due the third week of February; the specific deadline is announced at the meeting.
  • To apply to the Graduate Program: We strongly encourage candidates to apply online at:
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  • Send all supporting materials to: Office of Graduate Admissions, Princeton University, P.O. Box 270, Princeton, NJ 08544-0270, U.S.A. For Express Mail, substitute 1 Clio Hall for the P.O. Box, and use the zip code 08544. If a phone number is needed, use (609) 258-3034.


Read more about attachments in your application to Princeton. See the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School website:

  • For undergraduate applications, the application requests the following:
    • General Information: Name, campus address, phone, social security number, etc.
    • Proposed Plan of Study: A list of courses you plan to take in your junior and senior years to complete the Program’s course requirements.
    • An Essay: An explanation of your interest in pursuing an undergraduate concentration in public or international affairs.
    • Background Information: A discussion of any language proficiencies, computer skills, academic achievements or work history you may have that is relevant to public and international affairs. Any other background or experience you have, that would contribute to a diversity of perspectives or a well-grounded consideration of public or international issues.
    • Letter of recommendation: One letter from a University faculty member who has taught you in a class at Princeton and can comment on your academic skills and relevant attributes. If you do not know a faculty member who could write such a letter, a letter from a preceptor is acceptable.
    • University Transcript: One original transcript and several photocopies.
  • For graduate applications:
    • The application fee is $65 for applications submitted online by December 1, 2006. The application fee for those submitted as a PDF or paper application is $105.
    • There are specific requirements for application to each of the degree programs. Please be sure to submit all requirements for the particular program to which you are applying.
    • Master in Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

    • Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.)

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs (Ph.D.)

  • Admission Contact Information


phone: (609) 258-4836

fax: (609) 258-2095