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Policy Communication Fellowship for Students of Developing Countries in USA 2019-2020

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) are now accepting applications for their 2019-2020 Policy Communication Fellows Program. the fellowship is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies.

The Policy Communication Fellows Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries. The program is jointly hosted by PRB and AFIDEP in Lilongwe, Malawi. Fellows will learn, firsthand, local advocacy priorities and policy landscapes and how to tailor their research messages to relevant policy audiences.

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  • Applications Deadline: February 12, 2019.
  • Course Level: The fellowship is open to pursuing doctoral programs
  • Study Subject: Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus must be related to one or more of the following:
    • Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH).
    • Contraceptive use/behavior.
    • Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration.
    • Population growth.
    • Adolescent reproductive health.
    • Poverty, health equity, and connections with reproductive health.
    • Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence, early marriage, and male engagement in family planning.
    • Population, health, and environment interrelations.
  • Scholarship Award: The program will cover travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for each Fellow to attend the workshop.
  • Nationality: developing countries are eligible to apply.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship: To be eligible, the applicants must be following all the given criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Scholarships are available to students from developing countries.
  • Entrance Requirements: All participants must be citizens of developing countries that are supported by USAID population and health funding. You can view the list of eligible countries online. In addition, participants must be currently enrolled in doctoral programs at reputable academic institutions, and between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. PRB gives priority to applicants whose dissertation research is focused on the topic areas noted above and who are in an early stage of their career. This program takes place in English, and applicants must demonstrate that they can effectively communicate their research in English through their application materials.

Scholarship Description: The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The goals of the Policy Fellows program are to:

  • Understand the process by which research informs the policy environment.
  • Learn how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action.
  • Improve participants’ communication skills using a variety of formats and platforms.

The Policy Fellows program, initiated in the 1980s, has close to 400 alumni. Policy Communication Alumni Fellows are highly respected in the field and actively engaged in advocacy work. The program aims to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process. While research often has profound policy implications, it must be communicated effectively to a variety of nontechnical audiences in order to have any impact.

Application Procedure: Applicants must submit the following to PRB and AFIDEP:

  • Cover letter stating why you wish to participate in this program.
  • Application form.
  • Updated resume with a full list of educational and other professional activities.
  • Two- or three-page summary of the applicant’s dissertation research.
  • Two letters of reference sent directly from the person writing the reference (via email).

How to Apply:  To apply for the scholarship, the applicants must submit an online application through the given link:

Scholarship Link