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PRB 2021-2022 Policy Communication Fellowship for Developing Countries

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and are now accepting applications for their 2021-2022 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from eligible developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. Applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus must be related to one or more of the following:

  • Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH).
  • Contraceptive use/behavior.
  • Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration.
  • Population growth.
  • Adolescent reproductive health.
  • Poverty, health equity, and connections with reproductive health.

The PRB Policy Communication Fellows Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries. The fellowship is hosted in partnership with African research and advocacy experts to encourage South-South collaboration and knowledge exchange.

  • Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence (GBV), early marriage, and male engagement in family planning.
  • Population, health, and environment interrelations.

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About Population Reference Bureau(PRB)

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is a private, nonprofit organization specializing in collecting and supplying statistics necessary for research and/or academic purposes focused on the environment, and health and structure of populations.The PRB works in the United States and internationally with a wide range of partners in the government, nonprofit, research, business, and philanthropy sectors. The PRB receives support from a number of foundations, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. Examples of such funding include the Annie E. Casey Foun... read more


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PRB Policy Communication Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of PRB Policy Communication Fellowship

  • 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 non-technical audiences.
  • The Policy Fellows program is committed to providing an enriching, cutting-edge experience for participants that reflects the diverse and constantly evolving landscape of policy and communications.
  • PRB covers travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for each Fellow to attend the workshop.
  • Policy Communication Assignments: During the 2021-2022 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 on their work.

Requirements for PRB Policy Communication Fellowship Qualification

  • All participants must be citizens of developing countries that are supported by USAID population and health funding.
  • In addition, participants must be currently enrolled in doctoral programs at reputable academic institutions, and between their 3rd and 5th year of studies.
  • PRB gives priority to applicants whose dissertation research is focused on the topic areas noted above and who are in an early stage of their career.
  • This program takes place in English, and applicants must demonstrate that they can effectively communicate their research in English through their application materials.

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Documents Required for Application

  • A cover letter stating why you wish to participate in this program.
  • An application form. Application-Form-2021-22.pdf
  • An updated resume with a full list of educational and other professional activities.
  • A two- or three-page summary of the applicant’s dissertation research.
  • Two letters of reference sent directly from the person writing the reference (via e-mail).


Application Deadline

December 10, 2021


How to Apply

Completed applications, letters of reference, or questions about the program should be sent via e-mail to: [email protected].

For more details,visit PRB website



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