January 26, 2012

The Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowships for African PhD Students

IIE Dissertation Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Public health / Social sciences
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Country to Study in: Africa, USA, Canada

Scholarship Description
The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development provides both financial and research development support for dissertations on topics that examine how population dynamics and family planning, and reproductive health influence economic development. This can include economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity. Dissertations that address population and development issues pertinent to the African continent are especially encouraged.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is now accepting applications for the Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development.

Please note: Applications for the 2013-2015 cohort are now closed.

Eligibility
The fellowship is intended for doctoral students enrolled in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology, and address population and development issues in their dissertation topics. Students must have completed their graduate coursework by the start of the fellowship, and must be studying at a university in sub-Saharan Africa, the US, or Canada.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country (currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs in sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, and Canada.)

Participating Institutions
All accredited universities in sub-Saharan Africa, the US, or Canada.

Fields of study
These fellowships support dissertation research on topics that examine how population dynamics, family planning and reproductive health influence economic development, including economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity.

This year, priority will be given to dissertations that focus on:
  • The impact of reproductive health on women’s economic empowerment, particularly as measured by economic outcomes at the household and individual levels.
  • Relationships between reproductive health/family planning (including population policies and dynamics) and macroeconomic outcomes in countries.
For more about the program and research objectives, see this page.

Number of awards
Several will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation along with the Institute of International Education awards a two-year dissertation fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development.

Scholarship benefits
The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship Program provides financial support starting on a date that reflects the academic cycle of a Fellow's university. Fellowship recipients are awarded a maximum of $20,000 per year (depending on tuition, research expenses, and cost of living) for a total of two years to cover expenses incurred while working on their dissertation. These expenses must be clearly specified on the budget component of the fellowship application.

In addition to financial support, a strong component of the program is for Fellows to actively engage with a network of researchers supported by the Hewlett Foundation, Population Reference Bureau, the Institute of International Education, and other funders. Network activities during the two-year fellowship can include an annual research conference, workshops on advanced methods in population-economic analysis, and workshops on writing.

Method of Application
For your application to be considered complete, please ensure that you send all seven items below electronically and by post:
  1. Completed and signed Application Cover Sheet
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Intent (maximum of 20 pages)
  4. Schedule for completing the dissertation (must be detailed and chronological)
  5. Budget Plan for use of the fellowship award (must include tuition costs, research expenses, and cost of living for your location)
  6. Personal Essay (address why you are interested in your research - maximum of 2 pages)
  7. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from your academic advisor and one from another faculty member)
Applications must be submitted both electronically and by post:
  • Electronically (Please make sure that all attachments combined are less than 8MB so we can receive them):
    E-mail the application to: popecondissfellows@iie.org

  • Hard-copy by post (including original signed reference letters):
    Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowships
    Institute of International Education
    7th Floor
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017
For a more detailed information on the application documents and also to download the Application Cover Sheet, please visit the official website (via link provided below)

DEADLINES:
The Application Deadline Date is March 2nd, 2012. Applications for the 2013-2015 cohort are now closed.

PLEASE NOTE:
The selected cohort will be announced in June 2012.

The objective of the fellowship is to produce sound evidence on the role of population and reproductive health in economic development that could be incorporated into national and international economic planning and decision making.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems in the United States and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population, and provides grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contact
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the fellowship program or the application:

Nancy Scally
212-984-5342

Email: popecondissfellows@iie.org

Application Deadline: 2 March 2012
Open to International students: Yes

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