The India HPSR fellowships program is an effort towards the capacity building by
1) Providing HPSR skills and competencies to mid-career researchers and an opportunity to implement an HPSR project AND
2) Developing a national network of HPSR researchers, institutions, and stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of health policy and systems research work.
The program is being developed for the Indian context in consultation with experts in national and global HPSR, with attention to pedagogy and content to be covered. On 24 June 2020, a curriculum review workshop was conducted where 30 invited experts reviewed the curriculum drafted for the fellowship and provided feedback.
Dr. Upendra Bhojani (Director, IPH Bengaluru)
Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas (Assistant Director, Research, IPH Bengaluru)
Dr. Dorothy Lall (Assistant Director, Education, IPH Bengaluru).
Mr. Pramod Kumar (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
Ms. Kanika Chaudhary (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
Ms. Kranthi Vysyaraju (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
Ms. Sumegha Asthana (Consultant)
Mr. Harish H N (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
Mr, Yogin V A (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
Dr. Mahesh K (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
Mr. Praveen Rao (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
We aim to identify about 20 Indian mid-career researchers, who have some experience with public health research, having led full/part of a research study that is published in a peer-reviewed journal or has good-quality publicly available scientific reports. Typically, between 3 to 7 years of experience in public health research. By education, the typical participant has a post-graduation level educational qualification in health/related field or comparable in experience to post-graduate training. S/he will have basic knowledge of research methods in public health even if their knowledge and/or experience is limited to a specific discipline/method. Participant selection is planned through an open and competitive call. A call for participants will be widely circulated and promoted to invite applications in mid of July 2020. Participants will need to support their application with a preliminary research question based on a health system problem they have identified, motivation letter and two recommendation letters. An initial screening process shall exclude applications that do not fit the criteria (age, educational qualifications, and experience). After that, a two-step selection process will be implemented. In the first step, a panel of invited peer reviewers shall grade each application based on a rubric that includes (a) Potential for the application of a systems/complexity lens to the health systems research question that is submitted, (b) Fit of motivation (as stated in the motivation letter) with overall objectives of the course, (c) Candidate fit in terms of qualification and experience based on CV & recommendation letters. In a second step, the candidates shall be ranked according to their scores and a selection committee shall identify 20 short-list and 10 wait-list candidates who shall be offered the fellowship. The selection committee shall consist of a panel of HPSR researchers involved in the curriculum drafting process and senior practitioners of HPSR. A transparent review process will be conducted to identify the first cohort for the training. We plan to enroll 20 fellows/ researchers as the first batch of HPSR fellows. Fellowship offered will be conditional to an agreement to participate fully for a period of 18 months including the blended training, contact classes, and mentoring and shall include a commitment to follow the full research cycle from developing the research question to publication and policy/public engagement.
DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM
We plan to deliver this training program for over one and a half years. The content will be delivered in a blended format using both the online (e-learning) and face-to-face training methods. The phases of training are designed to achieve the learning outcomes. Backward design is used in developing the curriculum and training plan. Backward design is a method in curriculum development that is driven by the learning outcomes and assessments envisaged. The course is designed to be pedagogically sound and relevant to the real-world scenario. It promises to be a rich experience with national and international HPSR experts being involved in the preparation and delivery of knowledge, along with their personal experiences, some of whom will be involved as mentors during the final phase of the course. The fellowship will cover the tuition fees for the course, the travel and accommodation expenses for the face to face session and a seed research grant for select participants who have completed the online and face to face sessions with honors.
PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS