Fully Funded USAID Demographic and Health Surveys Fellows Programme for University Faculty 2024 ($3,000 honorarium)

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is now accepting applications for the 2024 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is designed to increase the capacity of countries to conduct further analysis of DHS Program data. The primary objectives of the program are:

  • To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS Program data.
  • To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS Program data into their teaching.
  • To increase the ability of Fellows to strengthen the capacity of others to use DHS Program data at their home universities.

The 2024 DHS Fellows Program will be a hybrid delivery with virtual elements and two in-person workshops.


  • Applications are accepted from faculty members at universities in:

Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia

  • All team members must be based full-time at the home university. Applications must be from teams comprised of two members from the same university who teach and/or conduct research in demography, public health, economics, sociology, or other social sciences. Note this is a change from previous years where teams were comprised of three members.
  • Individuals who have already participated in a data analysis workshop conducted by The DHS Program are not eligible, although individuals who have only participated in a Service Provision Assessment (SPA) or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop facilitated by The DHS Program are still eligible to apply.
  • Teams must include one senior faculty member. Both team members must be available to attend two in-person workshops organized by The DHS Program (see anticipated timeline below).
  • In addition, all participants must complete the DHS Dataset User course online before attending the first workshop. This course will take approximately 1-2 days to complete depending on skill level. The most recent statistical software package Stata will be provided for use during the training.


  • Selection of Fellows will be primarily based on the merits of their research proposal and on the applicants’ potential for strengthening the capacity of their home university to use DHS Program data. Additional factors considered will be gender balance and previous experience in data use and statistical analysis.
  • Each fellow will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium to cover research expenses, travel expenses, and other incidentals which will be paid in installments based upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables. Non-participation in trainings or incomplete submissions will be deducted from this payment.
  • The DHS Program will cover economy airfare from the home institution, lodging with breakfast and lunch only, for each fellow to attend both workshops. Each fellow will be responsible for obtaining a visa to the country where the workshop will be determined after the selection process and all other costs is expected to be covered by the honorarium.


November 12, 2023Applications are due
Mid-end December, 2023Selected candidates are notified
February 1, 2024Fellows complete the Dataset Users Course and submit their certificates
*Feb 28-March 7, 2024First workshop to prepare Fellows to use DHS Program datasets, refine research questions, and begin data analysis
March 25, 2024Fellows submit interim drafts of their papers 
April 8, 2024Fellows submit first report on capacity-strengthening activities 
*May 8 – May 14, 2024Second workshop for Fellows to finalize their papers
June 3, 2024Fellows submit final papers and respond to reviews and edits throughout the publication process. Fellows also submit their policy-oriented presentation
August 5, 2024Fellows submit second report on capacity-strengthening activities and revised policy-oriented presentation
September 9, 2024Fellows submit proof that the working paper was submitted to a peer-reviewed journal

*these are the anticipated dates for the in-person workshops but they will need to be confirmed by end of January 2024.

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