August 30, 2013

Post-Graduate Fellowships (PGF) for International Applicants at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Call for Applications: Post-Graduate Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Health & related fields
Course Level: Research fellowships
Provider: IHME
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Post-Graduate Fellowship (PGF) at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an intensive training program that provides opportunities for self-directed research and interdisciplinary collaboration in health metrics.

Strong candidates for this program have graduate-level training in quantitative methodology from one of the following areas: health policy, economics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, demography, engineering, physics, medical sciences, or other related fields.

The PGF program combines academic research, education and training, and professional work with progressive, on-the-job training and mentoring from an accomplished group of professors and researchers.

Eligibility
In order to be considered for a Post-Graduate Fellowship, candidates must have the following:
  • PhD or MD.
  • Strong quantitative background.
  • Advanced research experience, especially with data analysis and statistical methods.
Selection criteria:
Candidate selection includes phone interviews and in-person interviews held at IHME.

Eligible groups
Open to national and international candidates that have received their PhD or MD/ equivalent degree.

Participating Institutions
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; USA

Fields of study
IHME fellows work to support the Institute’s core research to answer these three critical questions: What are the major health problems? How well is society addressing these problems? How do we best dedicate resources to maximize health improvement? To achieve that end, fellows will work in one or two of the following research areas:
  • Measuring Health
  • Tracking Performance
  • Maximizing Impact
  • Innovative Measurement Systems
Fellows receive training through on-the-job research, methods workshops, access to University of Washington courses, and on-site lectures and seminars. Fellows contribute directly to IHME’s research agenda through their involvement in research teams, development of new methods, and managing and driving research projects to meet deliverables.

Number of awards
The number of Fellows hired for each cohort varies depending on funding as well as the research and project needs of IHME. To see previous cohorts, please visit the official Post-Graduate Fellows profiles page.

Sponsorship duration
Post-Graduate Fellows are appointed at IHME for one (1) year beginning in September, with the possibility of renewal for a second year upon mutual agreement.

Scholarship benefits
The salary is $50,000 USD. As University of Washington employees, fellows are eligible for an insurance benefits package that includes a choice of several medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, long-term disability, and retirement benefits.

Method of Application
Applications for the IHME Post-Graduate Fellowship include:
  1. A cover letter that includes:
    Your full contact information (address, phone number, and email).
    The name, affiliation, and full contact information of three references.
    Which of IHME’s research areas you are most interested in.
    How you learned about the program.

  2. Your curriculum vitae or resume.

  3. A personal statement describing your interest in IHME and your professional and academic interests and objectives. Personal statements should be between 750 and 1,000 words.

  4. Three letters of recommendation.

  5. The educational transcript from your highest degree attained. If your transcripts are not in English, please also provide a listing of all coursework with grade and credit hour information.

  6. An English reprint of your most significant publication or research paper.

  7. Proof of proficiency in English for candidates whose native language is not English. Candidates who have completed a degree wholly in English can provide a copy of their degree. All other candidates should send a copy of their scores on an approved English language test, specifically:
    • The Princeton Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): For the paper-based test, minimum overall score of 600, including a minimum score of 5.0 in the test of written English; for the computer-based test, minimum overall score of 250, including a minimum score of 5.0 in the test of written English; for the Internet-based test, a minimum overall score of 100, including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English.
    • The British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum score of 7.0 overall, including a minimum score of 7.0 in the written component.
How to submit your application:
Applicants are encouraged to apply online (visit official website via link below for this). If you are unable to apply online, please mail your application to the address below:

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
University of Washington
Attention: PGF Program
2301 Fifth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121 USA

DEADLINES:
Applications are due on November 1.

PLEASE NOTE:
Admissions decisions are made by the end of February for fellows that will join IHME the following fall.

The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for future positions in academia, national health agencies, international organizations, and foundations:
  • Enhance skills in conducting in-depth, methodological research on a variety of global health topics with mentoring from faculty and researchers who are the leading minds in their fields.
  • Advance knowledge of quantitative analytical methodologies and their applications to global health.
  • Develop understanding of the current global health landscape and its challenges.
  • Strengthen the ability to design and implement research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in international journals, and mentor junior researchers.
  • Build skills in federal and foundation grant proposal development and submission.
Contact
Questions and inquiries may be emailed to pgf@healthmetricsandevaluation.org

Application Deadline: 1 November 2013
Open to International students: Yes

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