2013-2014 PRB Policy Communication Fellowships, USA

USAID

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is inviting applications for Policy Communication Fellowship Program of the academic year 2013/2014. These fellowships are funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). These fellowships are available for the students of developing countries currently enrolled in reputable academic institutions, pursuing a PhD or enrolled in doctoral programs, and between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. During the period of fellowships, participants will also attend workshop in Washington. The fellowships will cover travel expenses and awards stipends of $2,000 to cover research expenses. 

About Scholarship: The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 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.

-To learn various ways to communicate findings to policy audiences.

The Policy Fellows program, initiated in the 1980s, has close to 400 alumni. 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 an impact. The program has three parts:

-Washington Workshop: Participants will attend a two-week workshop at PRB in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Aug. 5-16, 2013. During the workshop the participants interact with PRB staff and outside experts active in policy research and communications.

-Practicum: During the 2013-2014 academic year, Fellows will apply the lessons learned at the Washington workshop to prepare three written assignments and an oral presentation for policy audiences, based on their dissertations or related research topics. During the year, Fellows receive feedback from PRB staff on their work.

-PAA Workshop: The Fellows formally present their research findings at a workshop that will be held prior to the 2014 Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting. During the workshop, Fellows make 12-minute policy presentations to the other Fellows and to PRB and guest discussants. 

Study: Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus should be related to one or more of the following:

-Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH).

-Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration.

-Contraceptive use/behavior.

-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. 

Course Level: Doctoral degree

Scholarship By: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Location: USA

Value: PRB covers travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for each Fellow to attend the Washington workshop and the PAA Annual Meeting. PRB pays for the PAA registration for each Fellow and awards stipends of $2,000 to cover Fellows’ research expenses. 

Eligibility: The participants selected will be from developing countries that are supported by USAID. In addition, participants must be currently enrolled in reputable academic institutions, pursuing a Ph.D. or enrolled in doctoral programs, and between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. PRB gives priority to applicants who are in an early stage of their research career.

Scholarship Open for: Developing countries (Afghanistan, Albanian, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, India, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Notification: The fellowship awards will be announced in March 2013 

Apply: By e-mail

Deadline: Feb. 6, 2013

Further Information: http://www.prb.org/EventsTraining/InternationalTraining/PolicyFellows.aspx

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