The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), announces the call for applications for Research Fellowships for the Analysis of NCD Prevention Policies in Africa (ANPPA) 2013.
The Program will award 4 (four), three-year fellowships in 2013. These fellowships will be awarded to scientists with at least three years post-doctoral research experience. The fellowships are intended to facilitate case studies in the recipients’ countries. Each case study will aim to:

  • Conduct an in-depth assessment in each country about the state of implementation of any or all of the NCD “Best Buy” interventions, where applicable
  • Generate evidence on how, and the extent to which, multi-sectoral action is used in the policy formulation and implementation of these interventions in different contexts, with an emphasis on the population-based measures
  • Identify the barriers to – and solutions for- the full implementation of the NCD “Best Buy” interventions.

Worth of Awards
 Each award will be up to a maximum of US$200,000. The specific items covered by the award include:

  • Field research costs
  • PhD student grant (up to USD 20,000 over three years)
  • In-country policy engagement activities
  • A monthly stipend or contribution to the fellow’s salary or funds to buy off part of the fellow’s teaching time or the partial or full cost of a replacement lecturer for three years
  • Travel grant for regional and international conferences
  • Meetings costs within the country e.g. for dissemination of results
  • Costs of attending mandatory workshops and meetings related to the project, organized by APHRC
  • Other research materials (e.g., laptop computer, specialized software or books, etc).

Eligibility
Applicants must:

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  • Be citizens or permanent residents of a sub-Saharan African country(one of the 33 IDRC priority countries[2])
  • Have completed their doctoral studies in the areas of policy studies, policy analysis, public health, research translation, sociology, and other related fields at least three years before the expected commencement of the fellowship.Candidates with an MD or MPH and long-standing research and/or policy making experience (10 years plus) will also be considered.
  • Have a strong record of research productivity evidenced through their peer-reviewed publication record, successful grant applications and research management.
  • Be based at a research or academic institution in a sub-Saharan African country (one of the 33 IDRC priority countries)1
  • Have demonstrated prior experience working with policy and decision-makers in various sectors on a health-related policy issue.
  • Have strong institutional support to conduct the case study
  • Have prior experience of successfully supervising PhD students and submit a plan for engaging a PhD candidate within the 36 months duration of the fellowship

Evaluation criteria
The applications will be evaluated by an international review committee on the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications in a relevant field
  • Strong scientific record of productivity evidenced by sustained publication of peer-reviewed papers
  • Scientific merit of the proposed research project as evidenced by methodological rigor; quality of country-specific review of the literature; rationale for inclusion of the country in the study; realistic budget and timelines; and expected outputs
  • Candidate’s prior experience in policy engagement and knowledge translation evidenced by: participation in policy making forums or lay research dissemination forums;  production of non-scientific communications products; and networks and contacts with policy and decision makers in their country and evidence of buy-in from policy makers in the country
  • Prior history of obtaining and successfully implementing a research grant
  • Feasibility of the plan for engaging a PhD candidate within the 36 months duration of the fellowship
  • Feasibility and justification of the proposed budget
  • Gender and regional considerations. Female applicants and those from Francophone countries are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply

  • A completed application form which can be downloaded from their website.This form must be submitted electronically in MS Word format.
  • A completed budget form which can be downloaded from the same link as above – to be submitted electronically in MS Excel format
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residence in a sub-Saharan African country (e.g. copy of passport or other national identification);
  • Three letters of reference (at least one must come from the applicant’s current or former employer). Referees’ contact information must be provided.
  • Plans for seeking ethical clearance.
  • Evidence of institutional support
  • Deadline: All application materials (applications in French will also be considered) must be received by May 30 2013 in order to be reviewed. Applications must include the following documents to be considered (Applications not meeting these requirements will not be reviewed):

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