Deadline: 28 February 2016
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The program has two components:
- Washington Workshop: Focuses on the role of research in the U.S. policy process, and on techniques for effective communication of research findings to U.S. decision makers, media, and non-technical audiences.
- Practicum: Participants will apply the lessons learned at the Washington workshop to prepare two policy communication materials (policy briefs, blogs, or op-eds) based on their dissertations or related research topics
The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. They focus their work around these core themes: Aging; Children and Families; Family Planning and Reproductive Health; Gender; Global Health; Inequality and Poverty; Migration and Urbanization; Population and the Environment; and Youth.
Applicant’s research focus areas must relate to:
- Health and Productivity at the population level
- Social and Behavioral research on reproductive health
- To understand the process by which research informs the policy environment.
- To learn various ways to communicate findings to U.S. policy audiences.
- To improve participants’ ability to communicate in written and verbal formats.
The core training sessions cover:
- The research-to-policy gap
- The U.S. policy process
- Communication strategies to link research to policy
- Writing for policy and nontechnical audiences
- Effective content for and delivery of presentations
- Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents pursuing doctoral programs at reputable U.S. academic institutions that are affiliated with a population center.
- Applicants should be in their 3rd to 5th year of studies and affiliated with a population center.
- PRB gives priority to applicants whose research is focused on the topic areas noted above.
- Priority given to applicants who are in an early stage of their research career.
- Priority will be given to applicants who are current or previous trainees of NICHD-supported population centers in the United States
How to Apply
Interested applicants can email their letters of reference at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit Population Reference Bureau.