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The policy fellows application for 2017 has been closed.

The Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, an innovative policy laboratory that launched on December 1, 2016, is appointing up to two visiting Global Health Policy Fellows each year who will be based at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

The Center is based in the Duke Global Health Institute and collaborates with the Public Finance Group in the Duke Center for International Development. It also works with external partners, including the Evidence to Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco; AidData; SEEK Development, Berlin, Germany; international financing institutions; and health and finance ministries and think tanks in our partner countries.

The fellowships will provide early- or mid-career professionals from our partner countries the opportunity to join the Center’s research team, lead their own research project, participate in policy outreach activities, and take classes across Duke University.

Fellows will gain experience in global health policy research using both quantitative and qualitative approaches (e.g., tracking health financing flows; modeling the impacts of health policies; and conducting key informant interviews with policy makers); communicating the findings of the Center’s research with policy makers; and writing policy briefs and scientific research papers.

The Center’s analytic and policy engagement activities, in which the fellows will participate, are aimed at helping to close critical gaps in global health financing.  In particular, the research focuses on closing:

  • A gap in financing crucial but neglected “global functions” of development assistance for health. These functions include providing global public goods (e.g. research and development for diseases of poverty); managing negative cross-border externalities (e.g. preparing for pandemics); and fostering global health leadership and stewardship (e.g. promoting aid effectiveness).
  • A “middle income gap” that can arise when countries graduate from development assistance for health. Despite graduation, many middle-income countries (MICs) still have large populations suffering a high burden of poverty and avoidable mortality. Such transitioning countries may not have sufficient domestic resources (e.g. from tax revenues) to tackle these stark health inequities.
  • A domestic health financing gap in low-income countries (LICs) and MICs. Making progress in reducing the burden of death and disability from infections, maternal and child health conditions, and non-communicable diseases will rely heavily on improved domestic resource mobilization and increased allocation of these resources to the health sector.

Preference will be given to candidates with at least a master’s level degree in health policy, public finance, health financing or another relevant field and two years of relevant professional work experience.

Each fellowship will last up to 5 months, and each award is worth up to $25,000. This award will cover travel, accommodation, living expenses, visa costs, and medical insurance.

The fellowship is being funded by a small family foundation.