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IHS Mission & Goals:  
Groom Skills,
Gather Evidence and
Generate Knowledge for people's health.

To Improve the Efficacy,
Quality & Equity
of Health Systems.



Research Fellowship Programme

About Institute of Health Systems:

Institute of Health Systems (IHS) is a civil society institution. The institute strives for excellence in health systems research, training of health and related personnel for development of interdisciplinary skills to improve efficiency of health care delivery, systems research, health policy analysis and application of information technology to improve health care delivery systems. IHS services, activities and projects broadly fall into research, training and consultancy assignments. The institute strives to maintain a balance between these three modes of learning and application to provide an environment for intellectual development, knowledge based work and at the same time keep the skill set of its faculty well grounded to realities of social services delivery in India and other developing countries. Additional information is available in the institute's capacity statement.

The Fellowship:

The program enables graduate students to develop; practical skills in any of the areas of health system research, insights into the data collection methods, analysis techniques, designs and conduct of training programs, etc. The fellowship enables a fresh graduate to get closer feel of the Institute's working environment, and also aids the institute to assess some of the graduate's qualifying practical skills. Each fellow works out, before acceptance, a specific plan of research or study activity with identifiable outputs, and in consultation with the host faculty. The plan may be revised or updated during early days of the fellowship. Fellowship activities will include, depending on circumstances of each case, literature review, documentation, project proposal development, household survey, health care facility survey, other forms of data collection, data analysis, report writing etc. A fellow will have chosen an ongoing research project or programme of activity and a host faculty during the acceptance phase. The host faculty would usually have an important and primary role in the project or program in which the fellow seeks to gain practical experience. The fellow will work as a full member of the concerned project program team. Lists of ongoing programme activities and research projects at IHS is provided in the IHS capacity statement. Interested candidates may write to the Communications and Services Officer, the potential host faculty, for a copy of the latest capacity statement. However, the capacity statement does not usually contain details of a programme or project that is being conceived and planned. The potential host faculty would be a more reliable source of information in such cases. At the conclusion of the fellowship, each fellow submits a statement of the outputs generated or contributed by the fellow to achieve the planned objectives. This statement is discussed by a fellowship review committee consisting of the Institute's Director, host faculty and at least one other member who may be proposed by the fellow in consultation with the host faculty and accepted by the Institute's Director. The fellowship review committee determines satisfactory completion of the fellowship and recommends issue of fellowship completion certificate.

Eligibility and who may benefit:
1. Doctoral students whose thesis work may align or coincide with an IHS project.
2. Post graduates who aim at further studies and want to gain some experience.
3. Post graduate students who want to do their residency or thesis or project work.


Application Procedure:

There is no prescribed format for application. Candidates interested for a short term fellowship, should send a letter addressed to the Director, stating the purpose of the proposed attachment, proposed period of fellowship, name of the proposed host faculty if known, and source of funding for IHS facilities fee and the fellows stipend. A curriculum vitae should be provided giving details of educational qualifications, current assignments, job history, language, typewriting, personal computing and mobility skills. Note that minimum requirements for working in the Institute requires typewriting skills of 30 words per minute, personal computing skills including use of an office suite of applications like word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, etc. The candidate will have to demonstrate type writing, and personal computing skills before joining and may be asked to demonstrate mobility skills.


The candidate should agree to comply with the Institutes working environment, complement and enrich it through her / his contributions. A note on the working environment in the Institute is provided to intending candidates during the course of the acceptance process. If you did not get it, please ask for it. Please note that that definition and description of the working environment in the Institute is evolving. As and when new details are added, faculty, fellows and staff are informed about it.

Facilities to the fellow:

Fellows will be provided a workstation, EPABX extension, a Personal Computer, and shared printing services. Fellows can use all facilities available to IHS Faculty and Associates including; (a) Library services, (b) Internet browsing facility, (c) Photocopying facility etc. for purposes of the project work.

Expected Outcomes:
1. Based on the discussions at the time of acceptance of the fellowship, it is expected that the specified task is completed on time.
2. At least one scientific papers is published through, IHS working papers, report or monograph series. The same paper may also be submitted by the authors for publication in any indexed journal.

The candidate and the host faculty must locate appropriate funding to provide for the Institute Facilities Fee, Tuition Fee, Travel to and from IHS, Stipend / Per diem / Settling allowance etc., Local conveyance, and Outstation conveyance. The exact amounts required for these purposes may vary depending on the circumstances of each candidate. Financial support for the various expenses may be secured from different sources. The Institute may be able to provide for some of the expenses, if suitable provision is available in the concerned project or programme activity or from any scholarship fund that may be being administered for the time being. The funding arrangements should be discussed and settled during the fellowship acceptance process. 

Address for communication:

Training Services Officer,

Institute of Health Systems,

HACA Bhavan, Hyderabad, AP500004, India.

Tel:  91-40-23210136, 23210139;
23211013, 23211014.
Fax:  91-40-23241567




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