Fellows Program 2022 for University Faculty with USAID Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) (Funded)

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Application Deadline: November 21st, 2021

Applications for the 2022 DHS Fellows Program are now being accepted by the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Fellows Program, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to improve countries’ ability to analyze DHS Program data further. The program’s main goals are as follows:

  • To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS Program data.
  • To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS Program data into their teaching.
  • To increase the ability of Fellows to strengthen the capacity of others to use DHS Program data at their home institutions.

The 2022 DHS Fellows Program will be conducted virtually. Participants must guarantee access to reliable internet for effective participation.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applications are accepted from faculty members at universities in:

  • Angola, Benin, Burundi, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and South Africa
  • Maldives, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Guatemala and Haiti
  • Other regions: Armenia and Tajikistan

All team members must be based full-time at the home university. Applications must be from teams comprised of three members from the same university who teach and/or conduct research in demography, public health, economics, sociology, geography, or other social sciences.

Individuals who have already participated in a data analysis workshop conducted by The DHS Program are not eligible, although individuals who have only participated in a Service Provision Assessment (SPA) or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop facilitated by The DHS Program are still eligible to apply.

Teams must include one senior 1 faculty member. All three
team members must be available to attend two virtual instructor lead trainings (vILTs) organized by The DHS Program (see anticipated timeline below). In addition, all participants must complete the DHS Dataset User course online during the first virtual training. The most recent statistical software package Stata will be provided for use during the training.

The language for the program is EnglishEach 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: sexual and reproductive health, family planning, fertility, maternal, child, and newborn health, gender, or other cross-cutting health issues. Papers must use data from The DHS Program surveys.

Completed manuscripts that meet the required standards will be published by The DHS Program in the Working Paper series.

Fellows will also be required to submit their completed papers to peer-reviewed journals for publication. In addition, each team will be expected to design and implement a plan for strengthening capacity in the use of DHS Program data for teaching and research at their home universities.

Teams are required to report back on the implementation of capacity strengthening activities prior to completion of the program. Anticipated Timeline

November 21, 2021 Applications are due
Early January, 2022 Selected candidates are notified
February 28 – March 11, 2022 First vILT session to prepare Fellows to use DHS Program datasets, refine research questions, and begin data analysis. The facilitation spans this period but will not occur daily or for the whole day. Fellows will also be asked to complete the DHS Dataset online users course during this period
March 25, 2022 Fellows submit interim drafts of their papers
April 16, 2022 Fellows submit first report on capacity-strengthening activities
April 18 – April 29, 2022 Second vILT session for Fellows to work with Fellows on finalizing their papers. The facilitation spans this period but will not occur daily or for the whole day
June 3, 2022 Fellows submit final papers and respond to reviews and edits throughout the publication process
August 19, 2022 Fellows submit second report on capacity‐ strengthening activities
September 9, 2022 Fellows submit the working paper to a peer-reviewed journal

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the USAID Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program 2021

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