SCOPE partners with medical and faith communities to improve health in Ethiopia through outreach, education, and training.

The SCOPE Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for 2017-2018

Deadline December 3, 2017

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The SCOPE Fellowship Program is a three to six month research opportunity to learn firsthand about fostering interdisciplinary approaches for tackling global health challenges. Fellows will be based in Gondar, Ethiopia, a region that is characterized by its strong religious tradition where 84% of the population belongs to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC). Gondar is home to over 2,200 churches in the North Gondar Diocese alone that serve as community centers for families in the region. Ethiopia’s health system has grown immensely and made great strides in the last two decades but still faces challenges such as a shortage of medical personnel, infrastructure limitations, and poor uptake of primary healthcare services in rural areas. These factors create an opportunity to harness the strengths of both the faith and medical communities in Ethiopia and link them together to improve health outcomes, especially for women and children.

The 2018 SCOPE fellow(s) will build on existing data from the Faith Leaders Advocating for Maternal Empowerment (FLAME) project, a randomized control trial that will test the efficacy of a demand creation intervention to improve uptake of antenatal and delivery services in rural Gondar. Fellows from the University of Washington will be partnered with fellows and staff from the University of Gondar in Ethiopia to analyze formative data, incorporate it into the intervention, and implement a maternal health intervention in rural Gondar. Fellow deliverables may include protocol development, the development of data collection tools, qualitative data analysis, and/or some quantitative analysis.

The SCOPE Fellow will be mentored by Global Health faculty at the University of Washington, faculty at the University of Gondar School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and professionals from the SCOPE Board of Trustees to develop and implement their scope of work (SOW) during the course of the fellowship. All fellows will work with mentors to outline a SOW for their fellowship before departure and will be responsible for completing all deliverables in the specified timeline. Fellows will be supported in submitting relevant works for publication.

The SCOPE fellowship provides up to $6,000 USD to support selected students. Funds are available for winter quarter 2018 through fall quarter 2018 depending on the availability of the successful applicant and the needs of the SCOPE program. The program will cover airfare and travel medicine expenses (funding caps apply) in addition to a $1000/month stipend to cover living expenses in Ethiopia.

Desired skills (strengths in one or more of the following desired):

• Coursework in qualitative methods, experience analyzing qualitative data

• Coursework in epi methods and biostatistics, simple quantitative data analysis and data management (experience with Open Data Kit (ODK) a plus)

• Entry level skills in protocol development and study coordination

Applicants will be selected based on the following considerations:

• Technical skills as described above

• Experience working in resource-limited settings

• Willingness to work closely with an in-country Ethiopian graduate student

• Interest and experience in maternal child health and/or global health

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Ability to work independently and with a group with diverse outlooks and experiences

• Interest in or experience with partnerships between faith and medical communities