Deadline: 1 February 2016
Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Fellowships) aims to create a cadre of emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research. The IMMANA programme offers six Fellowships per year as part of which the Fellows will be provided with a 12-month stipend and will work under the supervision of two mentors.
The Fellowships are part of the larger IMMANA programme, an initiative funded with UK aid from the UK government. The goal of the programme is to accelerate the development of a robust and coherent scientific evidence base which will support effective policy and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health
Most of the Fellowships awarded will focus on fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, developing and applying new measurement techniques adapted to the analysis of specific interventions. Favourable consideration will be given to projects with linkages to other IMMANA activities, and for proposals addressing changing gender roles, climate change, and dietary transition, but the programme welcomes strong proposals for any kinds of research on the relationship between agriculture, nutrition and health in developing countries
- Stimulate development of innovative methodological approaches and novel metrics in agriculture and food systems for improved health and nutrition;
- Build a cadre of early-career researchers skilled in developing and applying cutting-edge methods and metrics;
- Facilitate learning, sharing and new interdisciplinary research collaborations;
- Develop scientific evidence to inform policies and investments in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.
During the fellowship period, fellows will receive:
- A fixed stipend of £34,000 (approximately $52,000) paid in quarterly installments against satisfactory completion of programme milestones.
- A research allowance of £7,500 to cover travel and other field work expenses also paid as lump sums for achievement of programme milestones.
- An honorarium of£1,750 to each of the mentors paid in two installments at mid-term and end of the year, on submission of a satisfactory mentorship report.
- Eligible candidates will have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, D Phil, DPH, MD, and DVM or similar terminal degree) in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice, and are seeking a career in research, education, and engagement at the intersection of two or more of these fields.
- Eligible candidates should have no more than 3 years of post-PhD experience prior to their proposed Fellowship start date.
- During their Fellowship year, successful candidates will complete their own project and also participate actively in the larger Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy, bringing diverse perspectives to leadership across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
- The IMMANA programmes aims for equalre presentation of women and men with a wide range of expertise, and particularly welcome applications from citizens of LMIC countries.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should first submit concept notes and the selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.
For more information, please visit IMMANA Fellowships.