Tailored Opportunities: 2018 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program for University Faculty


The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is designed to increase the capacity of countries to conduct further analysis of DHS data. The primary objectives of the program are:

  • To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS data;
  • To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS data into their teaching;
  • To increase the ability of Fellows to build the capacity of others to use DHS data at their home universities


Applications are only being accepted from faculty members at universities in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Timor-Leste, and Zimbabwe. All team members must be based full-time at the home university. Applications must be from teams comprised of three faculty members from the same university who teach in departments of demography, public health, economics, sociology, geography, or other social sciences. Teams must include one senior faculty member.

What is required?

Each fellow must bring a laptop that will be used for the duration of each workshop. Each team will be expected to jointly complete a publishable-quality manuscript in English on policy-relevant questions.


 Each fellow will be awarded a $2,500 stipend to cover research expenses which will be paid in instalments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables.

In addition, each Fellows team will be provided up to $1500 to be used on their capacity-building activities at home university.

The DHS Program will cover economy airfare from the home university, lodging, and per diem expenses for each fellow to attend both workshops

How to apply?

Each team should submit a single application that contains the following items:

  1. A completed team application form (on-line)
  2. A brief, original research proposal (3 to 4 pages) with the following sections clearly described 1) introduction and rationale, 2) literature review on the topic, 3) research question(s), 4) scope of analysis (including how DHS data will be used to answer the research questions), and 5) potential policy implications.
  3. A brief plan for internal capacity-building (1 to 2 pages) that describes realistic activities the applicants will undertake during the fellowship. These activities should enable fellows to pass on knowledge and skills learned through the program to students and faculty at their home university. The brief description of each proposed activity should include a summary of the objective, target group, timing, and measurement of progress or outcome. The proposed activities should be implemented before August 17th, 2018, as detailed in the timeline.
  4. In addition, the joint application should include the following from each team member:
  1. A curriculum vitae with complete contact information, a list of publications, and names and contact information for three references
  2. Proof of status as a current university faculty member and duration of employment



November 10, 2017 Applications are due
Late November, 2017 Selected candidates are notified
January 29 – Feb 9, 2018 First workshop (location TDB) to prepare Fellows to use DHS datasets, refine research questions, and begin data analysis
March 9, 2018 Fellows submit interim drafts of their papers
March 26, 2018 Fellows submit first report on capacity-building activities implemented at home universities
March 28 – April 6, 2018 Second workshop (location TBD) for Fellows to finalize their papers
May 14, 2018 Fellows submit final papers and respond to reviews and edits throughout the publication process
August 17, 2018 Fellows submit second report on capacity-building activities implemented at home universities
August 24, 2018 Fellows submit the working paper to a peer-reviewed journal


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N.B: This opportunity was obtained from our brother Solomon Bizuayehu, PhD student in Japan. We encourage our brothers and sisters abroad to send us important opportunities so that we can post it and let our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia get benefited.





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