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2017-2018 PRB Policy Communication Fellows Program

Posted: 1/4/2017 (Conference)

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 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. Candidates accepted into the Policy Fellows program will be provided with travel, lodging, and per diem for the summer institute.

The Policy Communication Fellows program provides participants with an understanding of how research can inform social policy, and a detailed knowledge of different approaches to communicating research findings to non-specialists. The program will begin with a week-long summer institute, held in a sub-Saharan African country, during which participants learn about how research influences the policy process and how to communicate research effectively. During the 2017-2018 academic year, participants will prepare several policy-oriented written products, receive mentorship from policy communication experts, and engage in online communities of practice.

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).
  • Contraceptive use/behavior.
  • Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration.
  • 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 how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action.
  • To improve participants’ communication skills using a variety of format and platforms.


All participants must be citizens of developing countries that are supported by USAID population and health funding: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia.

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Deadline: 02/12/2017