Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program 2022 (Funded)

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program 2022 (Funded)

Deadline: November 21, 2021

Applications are open for the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program 2022. 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 Program data.

The primary objectives of the program are: 

  • To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS Program data.
  • To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS Program data into their teaching.
  • To increase the ability of Fellows to strengthen the capacity of others to use DHS Program data at their home institutions.


  • Each Fellow will be awarded a $2,000 honorarium to cover research expenses which will be paid in installments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables.
  • 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 accepted from faculty members at universities in:
    • Angola, Benin, Burundi, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and South Africa
    • Maldives, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste
    • Latin America and the Caribbean: Guatemala and Haiti
    • Other regions: Armenia and Tajikistan
  • All team members must be based full-time at the home university.
  • Applications must be from teams comprised of three members from the same university who teach and/or conduct research in demography, public health, economics, sociology, geography, or other social sciences.
  • Individuals who have already participated in a 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 virtual instructor lead trainings (vILTs) organized by The DHS Program.
  • In addition, all participants must complete the DHS Dataset User course online during the first virtual training. The most recent statistical software package Stata will be provided for use during the training.


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

  • A completed team application form
  • A brief, original research proposal (3 to 4 pages) with the following sections clearly described:
    • introduction and rationale
    • short literature review on the topic
    • research question(s)
    • scope of analysis (including how DHS Program data will be used to answer the research questions), and
    • potential policy implications. 
  • A brief plan for internal capacity strengthening (1 to 2 pages) that describes realistic activities the applicants will undertake at home universities during the fellowship. These activities should enable fellows to pass on knowledge and skills learned through the program to students, faculty, and research colleagues at their home universities. Brief descriptions of each proposed activity should include a summary of the objective, target group, timing, measurement of progress, and outcomes. Two capacity building activities are required, the first should be implemented before August 16, 2022, and the second before August 19, 2022 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 faculty member at home university and duration of employment

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For more information, visit DHS Fellows Program.