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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

A foundation and government body launch a fellowship for public health research

To advance research in public health, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with a statutory body, launched 32 fellowships for researchers who wish to build a career in this field.

In association with the Science and Engineering Research Board, a body under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the institute announced the Public Health Research Initiative (PHRI) fellowship, valued at 30,00,000 each, to build research capacity in public health in the country. Open to Indian nationals with postgraduate degrees, the initiative is meant to enable candidates to pursue research projects at a place of their choice for up to 36 months.

Says Dileep Mavalankar, director, Indian Institute of Public Health – Gandhinagar (IIPH-G), a part of the PHFI institute network, “Evidence from research papers has highlighted the shortage of good public health research in India. Hence, there is a need to widen research output in several aspects of public health and work towards a set of measures to address the gaps in research.”

Health network
The World Health Organisation has listed India among countries with a health workforce crisis. Informs Mavalankar, “The shortfall is reflected in multiple categories — doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and community health workers.”

As health services remain inadequate in many parts of the country, there is a need to increase the number of professionals working in the public health sphere.

The fellowship
Fellows can carry out research on a public health topic relevant to India. The fellowship is open to aspirants with wide range of postgraduate degrees in areas including medical and non-medical sciences, nutrition, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, law, social sciences and the humanities. However, applicants with a doctoral degree will be preferred. The fellowships are anchored and managed by IIPG-G.

Concludes Mavalankar, “Public health is a diverse and developing field that aims to prevent disease and promote good health among communities. Research in this field has evolved as a multi-disciplinary science covering disciplines cutting across medicine, epidemiology, behavioural science, statistics, economics, social science and law. There are career opportunities for students from different backgrounds.”

AT A GLANCE
Fellowship amount: Rs 30,00,000
Duration: Three years
Eligibility: Postgraduate degree (in any discipline)
Availability of application: www.phfi.org
Deadline for application: August 15

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