IIE Fellowships for African PhD Students

IIE Announces Dissertation Fellowships for African PhD Students

Application Deadline: March 5, 2010

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is now accepting applications for the Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development. The two-year fellowships of up to $10,000 per year will be awarded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IIE. The fellowships are open to students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Students in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology are especially encouraged to apply.

These fellowships will support dissertation research on topics that examine how population dynamics and family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) influence economic development, including economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity.

Dissertations that address population and development issues pertinent to the African continent are especially encouraged. The research must include a strong quantitative component, with an emphasis on rigorous data analysis. We encourage the development or use of new statistical methods. Finally, the research must have a strong policy-relevant component, demonstrating an interest in communicating research results with program managers, planners, and policymakers.

The objective of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation 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.


Students currently enrolled full-time in Ph.D. programs in sub-Saharan Africa are encouraged and eligible to apply. Applications are especially sought from students in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology. Applications from students in other disciplines will be considered if their dissertation research meets the methodological requirements of the program. Students are eligible to apply if they have a dissertation proposal in progress and/or will have completed all coursework by the beginning of the fellowship program.


The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development will support up to 8 two-year fellowships beginning in 2010, with the start date depending on the academic cycle of the university you are enrolled in. Awards will be announced in the spring of 2010. Fellowship recipients from sub-Saharan Africa are awarded a maximum of $10,000 per year (depending on cost of living and university and research expenses in country) for two years to cover expenses incurred while working on their dissertation, including tuition, travel for research purposes, acquisition of data and research materials, and personal living expenses. (Detailed budgets must be submitted with your application). Fellows will become part of a network of researchers supported by the Hewlett Foundation, PRB, IIE and other funders.

Network activities during the two-year fellowship period will include, an annual research conference in the winter and other optional networking opportunities such as a workshop on advanced methods in population-economic analysis, and a writing workshop.


The deadline for applying is March 5, 2010. Please submit the following:

. Completed application cover sheet.

. Curriculum Vita with full list of educational and other professional activities.

. Statement of intent to pursue a dissertation examining the linkages of population-family planning/reproductive health and economic development. Please identify the specific question to be addressed; provide a brief synopsis of the relevant literature demonstrating how your research will contribute to the Fellowship Program's research objective; describe the data you expect to use and how you expect to use it; and summarize expected outcomes (maximum of twenty pages).

. Schedule for completing the dissertation.

. Budget for use of the fellowship award.

. Two letters of recommendation. One from your academic adviser and one from another faculty member.

. Essay describing how you believe your work, when complete, will affect policy and improve people's wellbeing (maximum of two pages).


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