South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship Program

In line with the Covid-19 Pandemic, the deadline for the South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship in Mental Health is extended to 15th May 2020.
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Ever wonder how research findings become a routine part of health care?

Or why innovations in mental health care don’t scale-up?

How do you design an implementation plan for a program?

 If you are interested in learning about these and other related issues, this fellowship is for you!!!

The South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship in Mental Health is now accepting applications! The fellowship aims to increase the knowledge and skills in implementation science as well as the implementation of mental health and suicide prevention programs.

The South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship in Mental Health is now accepting applications! The fellowship aims to increase the knowledge and skills in implementation science as well as the implementation of mental health and suicide prevention programs. The fellowship will further develop capacity in implementation science to improve the development, application, and sustainability of changes in health care delivery in South Asia. Fellows will :

  • Develop skills in designing implementation plans for programs and interventions
  • Develop skills in implementation research, how to design implementation studies, grant proposals, and managing implementation projects
  • Exposure to and hands-on mentorship from leading regional and international experts in mental health, implementation science and suicide prevention
  • An immersive experience how a large-scale mental health program is implemented in the South Asian context
  • Ideas for future funding opportunities for your research, examples of case studies of successful implementation studies and scaled-up interventions
  • Building a network of peers in implementation research and practice in South Asia

The year-long fellowship will require approximately 20-25 hours a month of a fellow’s time. The fellowship will be conducted via an online program platform using a mix of lectures, assignments, and interactive panels/videos/podcast. It can be scheduled flexibly around the fellow’s employment situation. The fellowship includes:

  • Online lectures and assignments once or twice a month (1-2 hours a month)
  • Monthly reading assignments (6-10 hours a month)
  • Mentoring sessions and assignments (6-10 hours a month)
  • An intensive site visit to the Mehsana District (three weeks/approximately 60 hours total)
  • A final fellowship product, which can be a, report, grant proposal, or podcast/blog entry related to the content of the fellowship program

The fellowship is offered free of charge. Fellows are required to attend a three-week study visit to Mehsana district, Gujarat. The SP IRIT team can assist with providing information about logistics related to cost and inform the fellow about potential funding opportunities for covering the site visit. Efforts are taken to minimize costs for fellows as much as possible during the site visit.

How can you apply?

All applicants are required to submit a 400-word essay, which should include information about:

  • Your educational and employment background
  • Your prior research experience and research skills
  • What you hope to learn as a fellow
  • How the knowledge and experience gained through the fellowship will enhance your career in research or implementation of mental health and/or suicide prevention programs

Applications should also include a CV (PDF format), two reference letters and, if applicable, a statement of support from their current employers. Applications can be sent by email to spiritcmhlp@gmail.com with subject line ‘Application for SPIRIT Implementation Research Fellow’ by 15th May 2020. See here for more information.