Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program 2018 (Funded)

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program 2018 (Funded)

Deadline: November 10, 2017

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 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

The DHS Fellows Program for 2018 will select six teams based primarily on the merits of their research proposal and on the applicants’ potential for building the capacity of their home university to use DHS data. Additional factors considered will be gender balance and previous experience in statistical analysis.


  • Each fellow will be awarded a $2,500 stipend to cover research expenses which will be paid in installments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables;
  • In addition, each Fellows team will be provided up to $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.


  • 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.


Each team should submit a single application that contains the following items:

  • A completed team application form;
  • A brief, original research proposal (3 to 4 pages) with the following sections clearly described:
    • introduction and rationale
    • literature review on the topic,
    • research question(s),
    • scope of analysis (including how DHS data will be used to answer the research questions), and
    • potential policy implications;
  • A brief plan for internal capacity-building (1 to 2 pages) that describes realistic activities the applicants will undertake during the fellowship. These activities should enable fellows to pass on knowledge and skills learned through the program to students and faculty at their home university. The brief description of each proposed activity should include a summary of the objective, target group, timing, and measurement of progress or outcome. The proposed activities should be implemented before August 17, 2018, as detailed in the timeline;
  • In addition, the joint application should include the following from each team member:
    • A curriculum vitae with complete contact information, a list of publications, and names and contact information for three references
    • Proof of status as a current university faculty member and duration of employment

Application Timeline

  • November 10, 2017: Applications are due
  • Late November, 2017: Selected candidates are notified
  • January 29 – February 9, 2018: First workshop (location TDB) to prepare Fellows to use DHS datasets, refine research questions, and begin data analysis
  • March 9, 2018: Fellows submit interim drafts of their papers
  • March 26, 2018: Fellows submit first report on capacity-building activities implemented at home universities
  • March 28 – April 6, 2018: Second workshop (location TBD) for Fellows to finalize their papers
  • May 14, 2018: Fellows submit final papers and respond to reviews and edits throughout the publication process
  • August 17, 2018: Fellows submit second report on capacity-building activities implemented at home universities
  • August 24, 2018: Fellows submit the working paper to a peer-reviewed journal

For more information, visit DHS Fellows Program.