IMMANA Fellowships

Tufts University administers the Fellowships program for Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA), a five-year project (2019-24) funded by UKAid and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, built on a previous project of the same name (2014-19) funded by UKAid.

For details on the Fellowships, please see the current Call for Applications, and these videos of welcome (1 min) and explanation (17 min).

The IMMANA project as a whole aims to improve measurement of agriculture-nutrition linkages in Africa and South Asia. It is implemented through the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene with Tufts University and other partners, through three workstreams:

  • Multiyear research grants, initially awarded in 2015 and in 2016 with a new call for proposals coming soon;
  • A global research network known as the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy, with flagship annual ANH Academy Week meetings;
  • A total of 22 one-year fellowships  awarded from 2015 through 2018, and a new call for applications for IMMANA Fellowships in 2020-24

Tufts University’s role in IMMANA is primarily to manage the fellowships program, directed by William Masters with the Fellowships administrator Hallie Perlick.  We also lead part of IMMANA’s Synthesis Center for Agriculture-Nutrition Research (SCANR), with graduate researcher Elena Martinez.

The current IMMANA Fellowships Call for Applications, released on October 7th 2019, has an application deadline of February 1st 2020, for start dates between June 1st and December 1st of 2020.  All Fellowships have a 12 month duration, with selection based on plans to complete specific manuscripts using already-collected data, supplemented by additional data collection or new data analyses during the Fellowship year, to validate or demonstrate policy relevance of new methods and metrics relating agriculture to nutrition and health.

As with the first set of IMMANA Fellows, applicants will be welcome from candidates of any nationality who have earned their doctorate anywhere, but IMMANA strongly encourages applications from citizens of low- and middle-income countries who have research or faculty appointments in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. At least one of the fellowship project’s two mentors must be located in Africa or Asia.

The project website with additional information about the Fellows is hosted by LCIRAH, at https://immana.lcirah.ac.uk/immana-fellowships.

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