Innovative Methods/Metrics Postdoctoral Fellowships


Innovative Methods/Metrics Postdoctoral Fellowships: For 2018-19, IMMANA will award six 12-month post-doctoral fellowships to early career researchers who are using and developing or adapting these new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Application Deadline: 1st March 2018

Eligible Countries: Low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

About the Award: The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce the third of four planned rounds of Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Research (IMMANA Fellowships), funded with UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID).

Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Fellowships) aim to create a cadre of emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research.

Type: Fellowship



  • Eligible candidates will have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, DPH, MD, 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.
  • We anticipate that IMMANA Fellows will bring diverse perspectives to leadership in agriculture, nutrition, and health. IMMANA Fellowships will aim for equal representation of women and men, and we particularly welcome applications from citizens of LMIC countries.
  • Applicants must propose to conduct fieldwork or other research under the joint supervision of two mentors, one from the applicant’s current or previous employer or academic institution, and one from a host institution where the applicant proposes to advance their work.
  • At least one of the two mentors must be physically located in Africa or Asia.
  • The two mentors need not have equal roles in the project, but having both be involved should help accelerate research and sharing of ideas between the Fellow’s home and host environments.

Selection Criteria: Selection will give preference to applicants who have research or faculty appointments in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, but applicants may be of any nationality and have earned their doctorate anywhere.

Number of Awardees: 6

Value of Scholarship: During the  12 month period, Fellows will receive the following financial support:

  • A fixed stipend of £34,000 paid in quarterly instalments against satisfactory completion of programme milestones.
  • A research allowance of £7,500 to cover travel and other fieldwork expenses, also paid as lump sums for achievement of programme milestones.
  • An honorarium of £1,750 to each of the mentors paid in two instalments at mid-term and end of the year, on submission of a satisfactory mentorship report.

Duration of Scholarship: 12 months. Applicants must submit a full proposal by 1 March 2018. IMMANA Fellows must then begin their 12-month projects between the dates of 1 June and 31 December 2019.

How to Apply: Applications are submitted in a two-stage process.

Applicants are welcome and encouraged to submit a concept note to confirm eligibility and receive valuable feedback. Concept notes should be submitted as soon as possible, and will be accepted on a rolling basis until 1 February 2017.

Applications are submitted in a two-stage process. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to submit a concept note to confirm eligibility and receive feedback. Concept notes are accepted on a rolling basis from 20 September 2017 until 1 February 2018.

Application forms are available online.

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Department for International Development (DFID).

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