Deadline: February 12, 2019
The Policy Communication Fellows Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries. The program is jointly hosted by PRB and AFIDEP in Lilongwe, Malawi. Fellows will learn, firsthand, 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 nontechnical audiences.
The program has three components:
- Online Coursework: Throughout the yearlong fellowship, participants will be required to attend short online lectures and complete associated assignments to supplement the in-person training. Fellows are expected to join one orientation webinar prior to the summer institute, as well as attend post-institute online lectures throughout the year.
- Summer Institute: Participants will attend a weeklong policy and communication workshop focused on the role of research in the policy process and techniques for effective communication of research findings to decision-makers. At the summer institute, participants will interact with PRB staff and local experts active in policy research and communication. During the training, participants are asked to work with their own research data to identify the policy relevance of their findings.
- Policy Communication Assignments: During the 2019-2020 academic year, Fellows will apply the skills learned at the workshop to prepare written assignments and an oral presentation for policy audiences, based on their dissertation research. Throughout the assignments, Fellows will receive individual feedback from policy communication experts.
The program will cover travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for each Fellow to attend the workshop.
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.
Applicants must submit the following to PRB and AFIDEP:
- Cover letter stating why you wish to participate in this program
- Application form
- Updated resume with a full list of educational and other professional activities
- Two- or three-page summary of the applicant’s dissertation research
- Two letters of reference sent directly from the person writing the reference (via email)
- Completed applications, letters of reference, or questions about the program should be sent via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org