Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) 2021 for African Stydents
The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce a new round of one-year Fellowships for emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research, funded with UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through their programme on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA)
Application Deadline: 31st December 2020
About the Award: For 2020-21, IMMANA will award six career development Fellowships to researchers who are validating and applying innovative methods and metrics to measure change and impacts of policy or program interventions in agriculture, nutrition and health in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs).
Proposals will include plans for support from two Mentors, one from the applicant’s current or previous employer or academic institution, and one from a host institution where the applicant proposes to advance their work, with at least one of the two being physically located in Africa or Asia.
Eligible candidates for an IMMANA Fellowship may come from any country or background, but will have an earned doctorate (PhD, DPhil, DPH, MD, DVM or similar degree) in fields related to agriculture, nutrition or health and be building a career in research, education, and engagement at the intersection of two or more of these fields.
IMMANA Fellowships will aim for equal representation of women and men. We particularly welcome early-career applications and citizens of LMIC countries as well as individuals with research or faculty appointments in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.
- Eligible candidates will have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, DPH, MD, DVM or similar terminal degree) in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice, and be actively engaged in research, education, and engagement at the intersection of two or more of these fields.
- Eligible candidates should have no more than 3 years of post-PhD experience prior to their proposed Fellowship start date.
- We anticipate that IMMANA Fellows will bring diverse perspectives to leadership in agriculture, nutrition, and health. IMMANA Fellowships will aim for equal representation of women and men, and we particularly welcome applications from citizens of LMIC countries.
- Applicants must propose to to validation and/or apply a recently-developed methodological approach to agriculture, nutrition and health research under the joint supervision of two Mentors, one from the applicant’s current or previous employer or academic institution, and one from a host institution where the applicant proposes to advance their work.
- At least one of the two Mentors must be physically located in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
- The two mentors need not have equal roles in the project, but having both be involved should help accelerate research and sharing of ideas between the Fellow’s home and host environments.
- We are particularly interested in applicants who aim to build careers or already have institutional affiliations in a research institute or university in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, but applicants may be of any nationality and have earned their doctorate anywhere.
Selection & Criteria:
- Successful applications will build on the candidate’s previous research, proposing a 12-month workplan to test and use new methods and metrics to guide improvements in agriculture and food systems for nutrition and health.
- Proposals will specify the existing data and methods they will bring to the project, and a realistic timeline for new data collection (if any), analysis and writing needed to complete new scientific manuscripts.
- Applications will be ranked based on realistic potential for submission of highimpact publications to specified target journals or other scientific outlets within the Fellowship year
Number of Awardees: 6
Value of Scholarship: During the 12 month period, Fellows will receive the following financial support:
- A fixed stipend of £40,800 paid in quarterly instalments against satisfactory completion of programme milestones.
- A research allowance of £9,000 to cover travel and other fieldwork expenses, also paid as lump sums for achievement of programme milestones.
- An honorarium of £2,100 to each of the mentors paid in two instalments at mid-term and end of the year, on submission of a satisfactory mentorship report.
During their Fellowship year, successful candidates will complete and submit for publication at least one potentially high-impact research finding, which they will also communicate through scientific groups including the
Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy. IMMANA Fellows are expected to play an active role in the ANH Academy, bringing diverse perspectives to leadership across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
The IMMANA programme aims for equal representation of women and men with a wide range of expertise, and we particularly welcome applications from citizens of LMIC countries.
Duration of Scholarship: 12 months.
How to Apply: Applicants should submit the following information through our submission website:
The deadline for full proposal submission is by 11:59 PM EST on 1 February 2021.
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.