Author Topic: Hewlett/IIE Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development  (Read 1133 times)


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The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development provides both financial and research development support for dissertations on topics that examine how population dynamics and family planning, and reproductive health influence economic development. This can include economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity. Dissertations that address population and development issues pertinent to the African continent are especially encouraged.

The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship Program provides financial support starting on a date that reflects the academic cycle of a Fellow's university. Fellowship recipients are awarded a maximum of $20,000 per year (depending on tuition, research expenses, and cost of living) for a total of two years to cover expenses incurred while working on their dissertation. These expenses must be clearly specified on the budget component of the fellowship application.

In addition to financial support, a strong component of the program is for Fellows to actively engage with a network of researchers supported by the Hewlett Foundation, Population Reference Bureau, the Institute of International Education, and other funders. Network activities during the two-year fellowship can include an annual research conference, workshops on advanced methods in population-economic analysis, and workshops on writing.

Who Should Apply

The fellowship is intended for doctoral students enrolled in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology, and address population and development issues in their dissertation topics. Students must have completed their graduate coursework by the start of the fellowship, and must be studying at a university in sub-Saharan Africa, the US, or Canada.

Application Requirements

The application has seven components described below:
1.   Application Cover Sheet - Fill out completely and sign it.
2.   Curriculum Vitae - The CV gives an overview of all of your educational and professional accomplishments and activities. Awards, special recognition, and published papers should be mentioned.
3.   Statement of Intent - This statement must describe how your research topic links population/family planning, reproductive health, and economic development. Include a brief synopsis of the relevant literature, and explain how your research will contribute to the Fellowship Program’s research objectives. Summarize what kind of data you expect to produce, and how you will use it within your research. Include a hypothesis of what you expect the project results will be. Maximum of twenty double-spaced pages.
4.   Budget Plan - The budget plan should specify tuition cost for your university, an estimate of research expenses that can include travel for fieldwork, data acquisition, and materials, and cost of living. Please be as detailed as possible and include a budget of expenses for each of the two years for the fellowship.
5.   Dissertation schedule  - The schedule should have a chronological timeline with details of activities and research to be completed. Indicate if any travel for fieldwork will take place, as well as presentations scheduled for review committees, dates of examinations. In addition, state when you expect to defend your dissertation and obtain your degree.
6.   Personal Essay - This essay should describe your interest in this field and whether there is a particular group or community you are researching. Describe what you hope to accomplish with your research and why it is important. Maximum of two double-spaced pages.
7.   Recommendation Letters - Submit two recommendation letters. One must be from your academic adviser, and one from another faculty member. Letters should address your academic accomplishements to date, the quality of your research topic, and your personal qualities. Reference letters should also include their email address so we can follow up with them if we have questions.

Applications must be submitted both electronically and by post

•   Electronically (Please make sure that all attachments combined are less than 8MB so we can receive them):

E-mail the application to:

•   Hard-copy by post (including original signed reference letters):

    Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowships
    Institute of International Education
    7th Floor
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017

Download the Application Cover Sheet: Application Cover Sheet   (108 KB, PDF)

All applications must be submitted electronically and post-marked by March 4, 2011.

Source: The Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship

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