Postdoctoral Fellowships in Agricultural and Food Systems in the UK (Fully Funded) 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Agricultural and Food Systems in the UK (Fully Funded) 2020

Royaume-Uni 31 déc. 2019
Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA)

Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA)

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Date limite
31 déc. 2019
Niveau d'études
Financement d'opportunité
Financement complet
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Région éligible
Toutes les régions

The IMMANA program invites scholars with a doctoral degree to apply to its UK fellowship program, which aims to accelerate the development of a robust and coherent scientific evidence base that will support effective policy and investments in agriculture-food systems for improved nutrition. The program consists of several annual rounds. In each round, IMMANA will award six 12-month post-doctoral Fellowships to emerging leaders who are applying new methodological approaches in ongoing research programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible candidates will have completed a doctoral degree (Ph.D., DPhil, DPH, MD, DVM or similar terminal degree) in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice, and be actively engaged in research, education fields.
  • The Foundation is particularly interested in applicants who aim to build careers or already have institutional affiliations in a research institute or university in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, but applicants may be of any nationality and have earned their doctorate anywhere.
  • Successful candidates must complete and publish at least one research during the year of fellowship.
  • The IMMANA program aims for equal representation of women and men with a wide range of expertise, and we particularly welcome applications from citizens of LMIC countries.
  • Applicants must propose to validation and/or apply a recently-developed methodological approach to agriculture, nutrition and health research under the joint supervision of two mentors, one from the applicant’s current or previous employer or academic institution, and one from a host institution where the applicant proposes to advance their work. At least one of the two Mentors must be physically located in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.

Funds Available and Duration of the Fellowship:

Six fellowships will be awarded for 12 months and cannot be renewed. Each Fellowship must also involve two Mentors. Financial support will be as follows:

  • A fixed stipend of £40,800 paid in quarterly installments against satisfactory completion of program milestones.
  • A research allowance of £9,000 to cover travel and other fieldwork expenses, also paid as a lump sum for the achievement of program milestones.
  • An honorarium of £2,100 to each of the Mentors paid in two installments at mid-term and end of the year, on submission of a satisfactory mentorship report.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment and potential for excellence in research crossing disciplinary and institutional boundaries in agriculture and food systems, nutrition and health in developing countries, in alignment with the IMMANA project priorities detailed in the call for applications. Fellows should demonstrate this through past achievement, career trajectory and long-term goals (15 points).
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposed 12-month work plan, including the existing data and prior research on which new data collection (if any) and analysis will build, with realistic expectations for timeline and resource, needs towards completion and submission of results within the Fellowship year (25 points).
  • Potential for the proposed research to inform government and private-sector actions in agriculture for improved nutrition and health (25 points).
  • Demonstrated commitment and potential of the candidate for leadership roles and transformational contributions to future research (20 points).
  • Demonstrated commitment of the Mentors and their institutions to support the proposed project, with evidence for the proposed Fellowship’s contribution to their mission and strategic plans in agriculture, nutrition and health (15 points).


Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) is a research initiative led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with Tufts University and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. This initiative aims to stimulate the development of innovative methodological approaches and novel metrics in agriculture and food systems for improved health and nutrition, in addition to building a cadre of emerging leaders skilled in developing and applying cutting-edge methods and metrics. It also aims to facilitate learning, sharing and new interdisciplinary research collaborations; as well as developing scientific evidence to inform policies and investments in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

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