What is the Dissertation Fellowship?

The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development provides both financial and research development support for dissertations on topics that examine how population dynamics and family planning, and reproductive health influence economic development. This can include economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity. Dissertations that address population and development issues pertinent to the African continent are especially encouraged.

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What is provided?

The Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship Program provides financial support starting on a date that reflects the academic cycle of a Fellow's university. Fellowship recipients are awarded a maximum of $20,000 per year (depending on tuition, research expenses, and cost of living) for a total of two years to cover expenses incurred while working on their dissertation. These expenses must be clearly specified on the budget component of the fellowship application.

In addition to financial support, a strong component of the program is for Fellows to actively engage with a network of researchers supported by the Hewlett Foundation, Population Reference Bureau, the Institute of International Education, and other funders. Network activities during the two-year fellowship can include an annual research conference, workshops on advanced methods in population-economic analysis, and workshops on writing.

Who should apply?

The fellowship is intended for doctoral students enrolled in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology, and address population and development issues in their dissertation topics. Students must have completed their graduate coursework by the start of the fellowship, and must be studying at a university in sub-Saharan Africa, the US, or Canada.

What is the Hewlett Foundation?

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems in the United States and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population, and provides grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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