IMMANA Fellowships

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

IMMANA aims to improve measurement of agriculture-nutrition linkages in Africa and South Asia, and 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 postdoctoral fellowships  awarded from 2015 through 2018, and a new call for proposals coming soon.

My role at Tufts is to direct the fellowships program, together with the Fellowships coordinator Hallie Perlick. Fellowships, each with support for two mentors, were offered in four successive annual rounds in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 through a detailed call for applications.

The new call will be launched soon, with an application deadline in January-February 2020, for start dates in June-December 2020.  Fellowships will again have a 12 month duration, with eligibility based on completion of a doctoral degree, in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice.  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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