Demographic And Health Survey Fellowship Program

Deadline: 10 November 2017
Open to: faculty members from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Timor-Leste, and Zimbabwe
Fellowship: USD 2,500 stipend to cover research expenses


Since 1984, The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has provided technical assistance to more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries. The DHS Fellows Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It 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;
  • Individuals who have already participated in a DHS data analysis workshop conducted by The DHS Program are not eligible, although individuals who have only participated in a Service Provision Assessment (SPA) or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop facilitated by The DHS Program are still eligible to apply;
  • Teams must include one senior faculty member;
  • All three team members must be available to attend two workshops organized by  The DHS Program;
  • 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 that are primarily related to one or more of the following topic areas: reproductive health, family planning, fertility, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, sexual behavior, or gender issues. Papers must use data from DHS surveys.


  •  Each fellow will be awarded a USD 2,500 stipend to cover research expenses which will be paid in installments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables;
  • Each Fellows team will be provided up to USD 1500 to be used on their capacity-building activities at home university;
  • Teams are also eligible for a small additional stipend payment to cover expenses associated with preparing their paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of the program;
  • The DHS Program will cover economy airfare from the home university, lodging, and per diem expenses for each fellow to attend both workshops;
  • Completed manuscripts that meet the required standards will be published by The DHS Program in the Working Paper series.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application.

For more information, please visit the official web page.

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