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ADB Visiting Fellow Program

Visiting Fellow Program

ADB's Visiting Fellow Program provides an opportunity for researchers and academics to work with ADB staff and share their ongoing economic research in ADB headquarters in Manila.

The program offers visiting fellows the opportunity to:

  • Interact with ADB staff to discuss research ideas on the selected topic, and give advice on ongoing or future research in ADB.
  • Give a presentation or lecture on a research topic that is of mutual interest and relevance to both ADB and the visiting fellow. ADB's ongoing research topics are:

    • Climate change and environmental sustainability;
    • Digital economy;
    • Economic integration and infrastructure;
    • Macro and financial stability;
    • Poverty and inequality;
    • Jobs, skills and the future of work; and
    • Private sector development


Candidates must have a PhD or its equivalent, in economics or a related field. He or she must also have ongoing research or a research proposal on a topic of relevance to ADB. Female applicants and applicants from ADB developing member countries are especially encouraged to apply.


A selection committee chaired by ADB’s Chief Economist will review the applications and make the final selection. Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s background and expertise, as well as quality of research and its relevance to ADB.

The application period is open from January 1st to March 31st, with the review process taking place in the second quarter. Notification of successful applicants will be sent out during this period. If you have not received notification by July 31st, then, your application has not been selected for this cycle.

Conditions of visit

The following conditions of the Visiting Fellow Program will hold:

  • The visiting fellow will register in the ADB Consultant Management System.
  • The visiting fellow will come to ADB headquarters and stay for a minimum of 5 working days up to a maximum of 20 working days.
  • An ADB staff will be assigned to serve as host for the visiting fellow.
  • The timing of the visit will be agreed upon by ADB and the visiting fellow.
  • The visiting fellow will deliver the outputs as arranged with ADB within the agreed timeframe.
  • The visiting fellow will publish the research paper as an ADB Economics Working Paper.
  • Depending on the specific agreement with the fellow, he/she might be requested to submit the paper to ADB’s journal, the Asian Development Review.

Remuneration and other benefits

The visiting fellow will be entitled to some or all of the following, with benefits to be decided by the selection committee on a case-by-case basis:

  • Reimbursement of airfare via the most direct and cost-effective route on economy class;
  • An office space for the duration of his/her visit; and
  • Per diem and allowance to cover hotel costs, daily subsistence, and other travel-related expenses.
  • A modest honorarium

Non-entitlement: The visiting fellow is not entitled to participate in ADB’s medical and dental retainer plans, staff retirement plan, salary, privileges, immunities, and other privileges for ADB staff.

Security: The visiting fellow is liable for his/her own security and safety and advised to register with his/her respective embassy in Manila. In case of evacuation from the country, he/she follows the embassy’s contingency planning.

The application period for the visiting fellow program is now closed. 

Other Programs

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

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Internship Program

Internship Program

A project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB's current operational needs.

Young Professionals Program

Young Professionals Program

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