PHFI/RCZI – ILRI Supported Research Capacity Building Programme for Masters and PhD Researchers

The PHFI/RCZI Initiative in collaboration with ILRI announces a Research Capacity Building Programme for Masters and PhD candidates under the India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal Environment Interface (PERIMILK study) with funding support from IDRC, Canada.

The Initiative aims to generate a stronger evidence-based cross-sector policy and local capacity for integrating public health, animal/livestock health, urban planning, local food production and social development in select peri-urban sites in India. Establishing a policy-relevant research platform and creating sustainable multidisciplinary and multi-actor partnerships would be the eventual outcomes of the study.

Selected researchers will explore the EcoHealth approach to research, applying it to local healthy food production, healthy livestock, and prevention and control of zoonotic diseases in peri urban settings. The research findings will help develop and improve the understanding of interactions between livestock rearing practices and epidemiology of diseases associated with these practices, transmission dynamics and its implications on human health and environment with a view to promote health, livelihood and sustainable development across the country’s different peri-urban settings.

How will the Fellowship work?
The Research Capacity Building Programme will award 8-10 Masters Fellowships per year from 2016 to 2018 and 1-2 PhD research fellowships on a competitive basis to partially support the research projects. Each Masters candidate will receive upto Rs. 100,000 for conducting a research project over a 3-6 months period. Funding for PhD will be commensurate with the scope of the study and available funding.

The applications would be evaluated on a quarterly basis during these two years. Completed applications should be submitted by 15th of March, June, September and December, respectively.

Who is eligible?
• The applicants must be affiliated with an academic research institute or government organisation during the project and will include those currently pursuing a masters or PhD degree.

• For the Masters fellowship, research-oriented individuals with a Masters/post-graduate degree in Medicine (preferably MD Medicine, MD Microbiology, MD Community Medicine, MD Biochemistry), Veterinary sciences (preferable VPH), Nursing (PG in Nursing), MPH/Postgraduate diploma in Public Health or Health Management, Masters/ post-graduate degree in Social Sciences/ Anthropology/ Environmental Sciences/ Agricultural Sciences/ Pharmacology and Toxicology/ Microbiology/ Biotechnology will be eligible. Candidates with research background and previous publications will have an added advantage.

• For the PhD fellowship, the candidate wanting to pursue research should be either enrolled in a PhD programme or have a conditional offer letter from the institute offering PhD. Candidates should have a medical/veterinary/anthropology and social sciences/environmental science/agricultural Sciences/pharmacology and toxicology/microbiology/biotechnology background with experience in research. Those having published in national and international journals will be given preference.

Application Process
Applicants will be required to submit the research proposals together with a budget summary before the deadline: 12:00 p.m. IST on 15th of March, June, September and December, respectively.

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For any queries and clarifications, email:
Dr. Jessy Joseph
MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)
Senior Research Associate
Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India (RCZI) Initiative
Public Health Foundation of India
Sector 44, Gurgaon, India

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