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Candidate Qualifications

Applications are invited from candidates in low- and middle-income countries who have a background in health policy, health financing and delivery, or government financing of health services. Candidates must have at least a masters’ degree and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Early- to mid-career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Since the Center’s country partnership work will primarily be focused in Ghana, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka, candidates from these countries will be given preference.

The Center wishes to be flexible in terms of the preferred background skills of the candidate, as we recognize that fellows could come from academia, government, think tanks, NGOs, bilateral or multilateral development agencies or consulting firms, and we want to be open to finding the right candidates from across any of these sectors.  Experience in conducting health research (quantitative and/or qualitative) would be preferred.

The program is entirely for training and gaining experience in global health policy – fellows will not be required to perform any work for the Center. 

Features of the Fellows Program

The fellows program will last up to 5 months (September 2019 – June 2020) and is non-renewable. The fellowship provides a wide range of opportunities including academic coursework, research opportunities, participation in Duke University events, and a deeper and longer policy engagement after the end of the program.

The program is entirely for training and gaining experience in global health policy – fellows will not be required to perform any work for the Center.

Participation in the Center’s analytic work: The global health policy research that the team conducts uses 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). The fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate and consult with the Center’s international research team and participate on the Center’s analytical activities.

Research project and publication: Fellows will lead a research project of their own during the tenure of the program on a topic that builds on the existing research at the Center. Fellows will have the opportunity to publish this work.

Academic coursework: Fellows will have the opportunity to audit a wide variety of courses taught at DGHI, DCID, and elsewhere at Duke, subject to the discretion of the course tutors.  

Skill development: Candidates will have the opportunity to participate in Duke seminars and workshops in the areas of public policy, leadership, communication, academic writing skills, and communications.

Interaction with global health and policy leaders: Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with global health practitioners and public policy experts at Duke, as well as with international experts from multilateral and bilateral development agencies and global health foundations. They will also be able to participate in an annual policy dialogue hosted by the Center, which will bring together about a dozen technical experts and policymakers.

Application Process

Completed application materials must be sent by email to the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health ( All application materials must be received by May 1, 2019, be attached to a single email with the subject “Global Health Policy Fellows Program”, and be in English.

The following documents must be included in the emailed application to be considered:

  • Curriculum vitae including details of publications
  • A 500-word statement describing why you are interested in the fellows program
  • A project proposal of up to 1000 words that describes the research project that you would conduct during the program at Duke and how it would be aligned with the Center’s mission
  • Writing samples that demonstrate your previous work, your writing skills, and your ability to express original ideas (we prefer solo-authored writing samples, if these are available)
  • Photocopy of your Masters and/or PhD certificate, whichever is applicable
  • Valid TOEFL, IELTS test scores to demonstrate English proficiency; or email us ( about other options to demonstrate your English proficiency.
  • A photocopy of your passport
  • The names of two professional references
  • Confirmation of availability to be a resident fellow at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, for the fall term August 15, 2019 through January 15, 2020.