2017 DHS Fellows Program for University Faculty
The DHS (Demograpic and Health Surveys) Program is now accepting applications for the 2017 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program is designed to increase the capacity of countries to conduct further analysis of DHS data. The primary objectives of the program are:
- To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS data;
- To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS data into their teaching;
- To increase the ability of Fellows to build the capacity of others to use DHS data at their home universities
Eligibility and Requirements
Applications must be from teams comprised of three faculty members from the same university who teach in departments of demography, public health, economics, sociology, geography, or other social sciences.
Teams must include one senior  faculty member.
The language for the program is English. Each team will be expected to jointly complete a publishable-quality manuscript in English on policy-relevant questions that are primarily related to one or more of the following topic areas: reproductive health, family planning, fertility, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, sexual behavior, or gender issues.
Deadline - December 2, 2016
The DHS Fellows Program for 2017 will select six teams based primarily on the merits of their research proposal and on the applicants' potential for building the capacity of their home university to use DHS data. Additional factors considered will be gender balance and previous experience in statistical analysis.
Each fellow will be awarded a $3,000 stipend to cover research expenses, which will be paid in installments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables. In addition, The DHS Program will cover economy airfare from the home university, lodging, and per diem expenses for each fellow to attend both workshops. Teams may be eligible for a small additional stipend payment to cover expenses associated with preparing their paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of the program.
Each team should submit a single application that contains the following items in pdf format:
1. A completed team application form
2. A brief, original research proposal (3 to 4 pages) with the following sections clearly described 1) introduction and rationale, 2) literature review on the topic, 3) research question(s), 4) scope of analysis (including how DHS data will be used to answer the research questions), and 5) potential policy implications.
3. A brief plan for internal capacity-building (1 to 2 pages) that describes realistic activities the applicants will undertake during the fellowship. These activities should enable fellows to pass on knowledge and skills learned through the program to students and faculty at their home university. The brief description of each proposed activity should include a summary of the objective, target group, timing, and measurement of progress or outcome. The proposed activities should be implemented before August 14th, 2017, as detailed in the timeline.
4. In addition, the joint application should include the following from each team member:
- A curriculum vitae with complete contact information, a list of publications, and names and contact information for three references
- Proof of status as a current university faculty member and duration of employment
If selected, each candidate will be asked to provide evidence, such as a letter of approval from their department chairperson, that the university/department agrees to her/his participation in the fellowship program, including full-time participation in both workshops.