Population Reference Bureau Policy Communication Fellows Program

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on Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It 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. 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).
–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.

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.
–To improve participants’ ability to communicate in written and oral formats.

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.

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 here, which will have a link to the list of countries.

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 research is focused on the topic areas noted above and who are in an early stage of their research career. This program takes place in English, and applicants must demonstrate that they can effectively communicate their research in English through their application materials.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 6, 2014. The Fellowship awards will be announced in March 2014. 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 proposed 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 Frequently Asked Questions about the program can be found here.

Completed applications or questions about the program should be sent via e-mail to: policyfellows2014@prb.org.