South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship Program

The objective of SPIRIT Implementation Science Fellowship Program is to develop and support capacity in implementation science in India and Bangladesh in order to improve the implementation and sustainability of changes in mental health care delivery. The Fellowship Program will contribute to the emerging field of implementation research for mental health interventions in lower and middle-income countries through educating, training, and supporting researchers in implementation science.

The Implementation Science Fellowship Program aims to:

  • Strengthen regional capacity in implementation science through training implementation researchers from Bangladesh and India. Opportunities to facilitate capacity building will include a fellowship program in implementation research and courses on research methods with hands-on experiential learning visits.
  • Equip researchers in the skills needed to develop and carry out implementation studies in the future, analyze data from an integrated multi-intervention study, document and disseminate research findings, participate in other research studies, and train early career researchers in implementation research.

Structure of the Fellowship:

The year-long fellowship will require about 25 hours a month of each fellow’s time. It can be scheduled flexibly around the fellow’s employment situation. The fellowship includes:

  1. Online lectures and assignments once or twice a month (1-2 hours a month)
  2. Monthly reading assignments (6-10 hours a month)
  3. Mentoring sessions and assignments (6-10 hours a month)
  4. Intensive residential study visits to the Mehesana District (three weeks/120 hours total)

The didactic component of the fellowship is structured through interactive lectures (online and in-person), assignments, readings, case studies, and reflection sessions. A residential session of three weeks is required, which includes on-site learning and research as part of SPIRIT’s scale-up study in the Mehesana district in Gujarat, India. Mentorship and the practical application of skills will be done through online or telephone guidance to ensure that the knowledge and skills obtained through the didactic training component and experiential learning components can be consolidated and sustained over time.

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