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Dec 14 / BARD CEP

Policy Communications Fellows – for PhD students from USAID supported countries — Washington, D.C.

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 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 should 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.

The participants selected will be from developing countries that are supported by USAID.
To find out if your country is supported by USAID, go to:

In addition, participants must be currently enrolled in reputable academic institutions, pursuing a Ph.D. or enrolled in doctoral programs, and between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. PRB gives priority to applicants who are in an early stage of their research career.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 6, 2013. The Fellowship awards will be announced in March 2013.
Applicants must submit the following to PRB:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. An application form.
  3. An updated resume with a full list of educational and other professional activities.
  4. A two- or three-page summary of their proposed dissertation research.
  5. Two letters of reference sent directly from the person writing the reference (via mail or e-mail).

Application forms can be downloaded from the PRB website (
Completed applications should be sent via e-mail to:
For more information about the program, please visit

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