The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 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 are only being accepted from faculty members at universities in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Timor-Leste, and Zimbabwe. All team members must be based full-time at the home university.
- 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.
- Individuals who have already participated in a DHS 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 senior1 faculty member. All three team members must be available to attend two workshops organized by The DHS Program (see anticipated timeline below).
- Each fellow must bring a laptop that will be used for the duration of each workshop.
- The statistical software package Stata 15 will be provided for use during the workshop.
- 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, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, sexual behavior, or gender issues. Papers must use data from DHS surveys.
- Completed manuscripts that meet the required standards will be published by The DHS Program in the Working Paper series.
- The DHS Fellows Program for 2018 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 $2,500 stipend to cover research expenses which will be paid in installments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables.
- In addition, each Fellows team will be provided up to $1500 to be used on their capacity-building activities at home university