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DHS Fellows Program

The DHS Fellows Program aims to increase capacity of university faculty from DHS survey countries and to build long-term institutional sustainability for universities in these countries to train students and faculty to use DHS survey data. The primary objectives of the annual DHS Fellows Program are as follows:

  • To teach fellows to analyze and conduct research using DHS datasets
  • To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS data in teaching
  • To increase the ability of Fellows to strengthen the capacity of others for using DHS data at their home universities

The DHS Fellows Program provides intensive mentorship to teams of three university faculty members that are selected on a competitive basis from four to six universities every year. Since 2008, 80+ researchers from more than 30 universities in over 10 countries have participated in the DHS Fellows Program. The fellowship includes two separate workshops and preparation of publication-quality research papers with mentoring from DHS Program researchers. In addition to original research projects, DHS Fellows are required to prepare and implement a plan to strengthen the capacity to use DHS data at their home universities.

Participants in the DHS Fellows Program write DHS Working Papers and frequently go on to publish their findings using DHS data in a range of peer-reviewed journals including, African Population Studies, BMC Public Health, East African Journal of Public Health, Journal of Biosocial Sciences, PanAfrican Medical Journal, PLoS One, Public Health Nutrition, and Reproductive Health. DHS Fellows have also presented their research findings based on DHS data at national and international conferences. During and after the Fellowship, Fellows have implemented a range of internal capacity strengthening programs at their home universities, including seminars and short workshops on DHS data and have successfully integrated DHS data into demographic and methodological curricula. Several DHS Fellows have subsequently co-facilitated DHS data analysis training workshops, increasing their own skills and forging connections with other African researchers and universities.

DHS Fellows' Working Papers

2016 DHS Fellows

2015 DHS Fellows

2014 DHS Fellows

2013 DHS Fellows

2012 DHS Fellows

2011 DHS Fellows

DHS Fellows' Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals

2015 DHS Fellows

2014 DHS Fellows

2013 DHS Fellows

2012 DHS Fellows

2011 DHS Fellows