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Fully Funded DHS Fellows Program: Empowering Young Scholars in Public Health and Demography 2024

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The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is now accepting applications for the 2024 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is designed to increase the capacity of countries to conduct further analysis of DHS Program data.

Are you a university faculty member from one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia? If so, the 2024 DHS Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity to enhance your research and analytical skills.

Application Deadline: November 12, 2023

The 2024 DHS Fellows Program, generously funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is designed to empower faculty members to conduct advanced analysis of DHS Program data. The core objectives of this program are as follows:

  1. Research Skills: Equip fellows with the skills needed to analyze and conduct research with DHS Program data.
  2. Teaching Integration: Strengthen the ability of fellows to integrate DHS Program data into their teaching.
  3. Capacity Building: Enhance fellows’ capacity to support others in using DHS Program data at their home universities.

The 2024 program will offer a hybrid approach, combining virtual elements with two in-person workshops.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Faculty members at universities in the mentioned countries are eligible.
  • Applications should be submitted by teams comprising two members from the same university specializing in demography, public health, economics, sociology, or related fields. Notably, this is a change from previous years when teams had three members.
  • Teams must include one senior faculty member.
  • Participants must be available to attend two in-person workshops, and each must complete the DHS Dataset User course online before the first workshop.

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Key Program Details:

  • Language: English
  • Research Focus: Teams will collaborate on policy-relevant research in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, gender, and more. Research papers must use data from DHS Program surveys and meet specific publication standards.
  • Capacity Strengthening: Teams will create plans to enhance the use of DHS Program data for teaching and research at their home universities and will report on the implementation of two capacity-strengthening activities.

Program Timeline:

  • November 12, 2023: Application Deadline
  • Mid-end December, 2023: Notification of Selected Candidates
  • February 1, 2024: Fellows complete the Dataset Users Course and submit their certificates
  • Feb 28 – Mar 7, 2024: First workshop
  • March 25, 2024: Submission of interim research paper drafts
  • April 8, 2024: Submission of the first report on capacity-strengthening activities
  • May 8 – May 14, 2024: Second workshop
  • June 3, 2024: Submission of final research papers
  • August 5, 2024: Submission of the second report on capacity-strengthening activities and revised policy-oriented presentation
  • September 9, 2024: Proof of submission to a peer-reviewed journal

Benefits of the DHS Fellows Program

Selected fellows will receive a $3,000 honorarium to cover research and travel expenses. Non-participation in required activities may impact this award.

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For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

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