Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Policy Communication Fellows Program for Individuals from Developing Countries 2018/2019

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Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Policy Communication Fellows Program.
Application Deadline: 12th February 2018
Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia,Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia.
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About the Award: The Policy Communication Fellows Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries. The fellowship is hosted in partnership with African research and advocacy experts to encourage South-South collaboration and knowledge exchange.
The year-long fellowship program engages participants through a blended learning approach. Fellows are required to attend a weeklong training workshop, complete instructional curricula online, and submit assignments throughout the fellowship.
The program has three components:
Online Coursework: Throughout the yearlong fellowship, participants will be required to attend short online lectures and complete associated assignments to supplement the in-person training. Fellows are expected to join one orientation webinar prior to the summer institute, as well as attend post-institute online lectures throughout the year
Summer Institute: Participants will attend a weeklong policy and communication workshop focused on the role of research in the policy process and on techniques for effective communication of research findings to decisionmakers. At the summer institute the participants will interact with PRB staff and local experts active in policy research and communication. During the training, participants are asked to work with their own research data to identify the policy relevance of their findings; Fellows will learn how to draw implications of those findings and how to communicate them effectively to policy audiences through a variety of platforms. The date and location of the summer institute will be announced in March 2018.
Policy Communication Assignments: During the 2018-2019 academic year, Fellows will apply the skills learned at the workshop to prepare written assignments and an oral presentation for policy audiences, based on their dissertation research. Throughout the assignments, Fellows will receive individual feedback from policy communication experts on their work
Fields of Research: 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 (GBV), early marriage, and male engagement in family planning.
  • Population, health, and environment interrelations.
Type: Research, Fellowship
Eligibility: 
  • All participants must be citizens of developing countries that are supported by USAID population and health funding.
  • 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.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: 
  • Fellows will learn, firsthand, local advocacy priorities and policy landscapes and how to tailor their research messages to relevant policy audiences. Fellows are mentored throughout the program on different strategies to effectively communicate their findings to non-technical audiences.
  • The Policy Fellows program is committed to providing an enriching, cutting-edge experience for participants that reflects the diverse and constantly evolving landscape of policy and communications.
  • PRB covers travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for each Fellow to attend the workshop.
Duration of Program: 1 year
How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following to PRB:
  • A cover letter stating why you wish to participate in this program.
  • An application form.
  • An updated resume with a full list of educational and other professional activities.
  • A two- or three-page summary of the applicant’s dissertation research.
  • Two letters of reference sent directly from the person writing the reference (via e- mail).
Application forms, program information, and answers to common FAQs about the program can be found on PRB’s website.
Completed applications, letters of reference, or questions about the program should be sent via e-mail to: [email protected].
Award Providers: The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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