2020-2021 PRB Policy Communication Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders

Deadline: April 15, 2020.

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) are now accepting applications for their 2020-2021 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;
  • Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence (GBV), early marriage, and male engagement in family planning;
  • Population, health, and environment interrelations.


1. All participants must be citizens of developing countries that are supported by the USAID population and health funding. You can view the list of eligible countries online.

2. In addition, participants must be currently enrolled in doctoral programs at reputable academic institutions, and between their 3rd and 5th year of studies.

3. 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.

4. The programme language of instruction is English, and applicants must demonstrate that they can effectively communicate their research in English through their application materials.


PRB and AFIDEP will cover travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for each Fellow to attend the workshop.


Applicants must submit the following to PRB and AFIDEP:

  • A cover letter stating why you wish to participate in this program
  • An application form. (download)
  • 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 forms, program information, and answers to common Frequently Asked Questions about the program can be found on AFIDEP and PRB’s website.

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



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