Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2016
The SCOPE Fellowship Program is a three to six month research opportunity to learn firsthand about fostering interdisciplinary approaches for tackling global health challenges. Fellows will be based in Gondar, Ethiopia, a region where 84% of the population belongs to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and believes in the curative power of religion for various illnesses, including HIV/AIDS. The Gondar region is heavily influenced by religious traditions and is home to over 2,200 churches in the North Gondar Diocese alone. This contrasts starkly with the shortage of medical personnel in Ethiopia, which has one of the lowest physician-patient ratios in the world. These factors create a huge opportunity to harness the strengths of both communities and link them together for more effective HIV prevention and care.
The SCOPE fellow will build on existing data from the SCOPE program to identify opportunities to use the reach and influence of the church to improve health education for HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, ANC, assisted birth, or nutrition with the goal of improving the health of women, adolescents, and children in Gondar, Ethiopia. Past fellow deliverables have included needs assessments, landscape analysis, pilot programs, and monitoring and evaluation projects based on qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
The SCOPE Fellow will work closely with and be mentored by the University of Washington Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh), the University of Gondar Medical School, and the SCOPE Board of Trustees to develop a proposal and implement it during the course of the fellowship. All fellows must complete a final fellowship report detailing their findings and will be supported in submitting their final reports for publication.
The SCOPE fellowship stipend is US$2,500 and can be used to support travel costs including room and board. Applicants may also apply for other DGH funding for an additional US$1,500, up to US$4,000 total. These funds can be used from the summer quarter 2016 up to the spring quarter 2017 depending on the availability of the successful applicant and the needs of the SCOPE program.
Applicants will be selected based on the following considerations:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience working in resource-limited settings
- Technical skills
- Willingness to work closely with an in-country Ethiopian graduate student
- Interest and experience in one or more of the following: global health; HIV; maternal child health; global policy and advocacy
- Ability to work both independently and within a diverse group setting
- Interest in or experience with partnerships between faith and medicine communities
Fellowship- specific Eligibility Criteria: Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time graduate school or graduate-level professional degree program at the University of Washington (undergraduates and recent graduates are not eligible).
Supporting documents must include:
- Current curriculum vitae or resume.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the professional skills and qualities of the applicant.
- A one to two page letter describing interest in the program and the skills, experience, and abilities the individual believes they will bring to the project.
- Current unofficial UW transcript.
Questions can be sent to Kate Pfizenmaier at email@example.com.
For information about SCOPE, visit www.scopehealth.org
All supporting documents must be submitted via Catalyst Dropbox with the rest of the application here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/colebaze/37466