The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) are now accepting applications for their 2020-2021 Policy Communication Fellows Program.

The Policy Communication Fellows Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries. Fellows will learn, first-hand, local advocacy priorities and policy landscapes and how to tailor their research messages to relevant policy audiences. Fellows are mentored throughout the program on different strategies to effectively communicate their findings to non-technical audiences.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from eligible developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. 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;
  • Learn how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action; and
  • Improve participants’ communication skills using a variety of formats and platforms.

Application Information
The deadline for applying is April 15, 2020. The Fellowship awards will be announced in May 2020. Completed applications should be sent via e-mail to policyfellows2020@afidep.org.

Applicants must submit the following to PRB and AFIDEP:

  • 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 applicant’s 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 accessed using this link:
https://www.afidep.org/training/2020-2021-prb-policy-communication-fellows-program/

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