India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowships

We aspire to build the capacity of Indian mid-career public health researchers in Health Policy & Systems Research and create a community of practice.

India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowships

We aspire to build the capacity of Indian mid-career public health researchers in Health Policy & Systems Research and create a community of practice.

Inaugural of India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowship

Inaugural was addressed by Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, MoHFW, GoI & Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO.

India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowship Program

Overview of the Fellowship Program with detailed program design & curriculum

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About

An initiative of Health Systems Transformation Platform, the India HPSR Fellowship is organised in collaboration with Indian & International institutions with expertise in HPSR. It identifies twenty Indian mid-career public health professionals every year and trains them over a period of 18 months in HPSR methods along with practical experience of conducting a HPSR study.

Research with a systems perspective, that explores health issues within their specific contexts, is key for designing solutions for improved health outcomes. HPSR methods allow us to focus on the system as a whole and generate evidence for policy making. Hence, the vision for strategically building capacity of researchers and practitioners in HPSR, culminated in the development of the India HPSR Fellowship program.

The program is supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trusts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Access Health International.

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Structure

The fellowship aims to enhance capacity of Indian mid-career public health professionals in health policy and systems research methods including identifying policy processes, agenda setting, and stakeholder mapping that strengthens evidence-based policymaking in health.

The fellowship is a blended training program, spread over a period of 18 months, comprising online, face-to-face modules & mentorship for conducting a HPSR study. By the end of the program, fellows are expected to build a HPSR protocol, public/policy engagement plan and implement their research under the guidance of mentors.

The fellowship is a competitive award that will cover the fees for training, program travel, and planned field visits. The fellowship also makes available a grant to deserving research protocols to conduct the HPSR study.

  • Online phase (6 months) provides a detailed overview of various health system frameworks, policy analysis, framing research questions & application of HPSR methods using a health systems, complexity, and equity lens to develop a problem area in health systems or health policy and formulate an HPSR research question using appropriate research designs. During this phase, fellows are expected to invest 3-4 hours per week.
  • Face-to-face phase (1 week) allows for an in-person interaction with the faculty & strengthen the concepts taught in the online phase. By the end of this phase, the fellows will develop high value research proposals.
  • Mentorship & implementation phase (12 months) provides the fellows opportunity to conduct a HPSR study under the guidance of a mentor. During this phase, fellows are expected to invest 1-2 days per week on their research.
Certification

Participants will receive a Certificate on successful completion of all components of the fellowship program.

Curriculum

The curriculum and training plan was developed using a backward design. HPSR practitioners from across the globe participated in the development of the curriculum for Indian public health researchers. The pedagogy is learner-centred, keeping the participant at the centre of all learning activities in the course.

  • An overview of health systems and its analysis
  • An overview of health policy and its analysis
  • Characteristics of HPSR
  • Framing HPS research questions
  • Matching the HPSR questions with appropriate research designs
  • A brief overview of different HPSR methods
  • Writing a HPSR proposal
  • Conducting a HPS research
  • Policy and public engagement
  • Communicating the research
Learning-Methods

Expert Consultation on India HPSR Training Program

Review of India HPSR Fellowship Program Design

Theory of Change

India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowship Program

Key Features
Pedagogy related
Research question driven
International review board
Outcome-based learning
Developed by experienced researchers
Introduced health policy and systems research
Mixed methods
Course related
From the field session
Peer learning
Tutor guided
Live interaction with SME
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Moodle mobile app
Learn on the go, MP3 recordings
Gamification
Faculty

Core Faculty

Dr. Bruno Marchal
Institute of Tropical Medicine,
Antwerp
Dr. Devaki Nambiar
The George Institute for Global Health, Delhi
Dr. N Devadasan
Health Systems Transformation Platform, Delhi
Dr. Dorothy Lall
Institute of Public Health,
Bengaluru
Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas
Institute of Public Health,
Bengaluru
Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde
Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Trivandrum
Dr. Sara Van Belle
Institute of Tropical Medicine,
Antwerp
Dr. Sumit Kane
Nossal Institute of Global Health, Australia

Guest Faculty

Dr. Arpita Ghosh
The George Institute for Global Health, Delhi
Dr. Susmita Chatterjee
The George Institute for Global Health, Delhi
Dr. Soumyadeep Bhaumik
The George Institute for Global Health, Delhi
Dr. Upendra Bhojani
Institute of Public Health,
Bengaluru
Prof.-Barbara-McPake
Prof. Barbara McPake
Nossal Institute of Global Health, Australia
Prarthna Dayal
Nossal Institute of Global Health, Australia
Prof. Ajay Mahal
Nossal Institute of Global Health, Australia
Cohort 2021
Harsha Joshi, India Primary Health Care Initiative Project, New Delhi
“The reading material and discussions during the course are helping me comprehend the messy, complex nature of health systems and health policy.”
Akanksha Sonal, Assistant Professor, King George Medical University, Lucknow
“The way this course directly and indirectly cultivates insight and necessary communication skills in the mentee appeals to me”
Anuj Ghanekar, Urban Health & Climate Resilience Center of Excellence ,Surat
“The fellowship offers a safe space for learning and experiencing health’s systems through self-reflection and critical discussions”
Anika Juneja, PhD fellow, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
“HPSR fellowship has sensitised me towards research that can be conducted in real time context capable of refining public health practice as it happens”
Ankita Mukherjee, Qualitative Researcher, The George Institute for Global Health India
“Fellowship has provided me with analytical tools to understand health systems which will helps bolster my future research.”
Anupama Sanjeev, Ramaiah Public Policy Centre, Bengaluru
“HPSR fellowship format has a strong component of peer engagement helpful in appreciating the wide variation of local contexts that exist in India.”
Deepak Behera, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
“I have learned how to discuss politely in a forum on a particular health issue and try to conclude by taking into account other’s views as well.”
Deepshikha Chhetri, State Consultant – Health and Nutrition, Government of Haryana
“Insightful sessions on health policymaking process and impact of stakeholders at different levels provided necessary skills to be part of a policy team.”
Gitismita Naik, Senior Resident, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur
“A great learning opportunity with wonderful co-fellows from diverse backgrounds made complex concepts understandable.”
Anthony Stanley, Research Associate, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum
“Taught by some of the finest minds, I have developed a sound base to build on and carry out HPSR analysis.”
Jithesh Veetilakath, Assistant Director (Health Services), Malappuram
“This fellowship helped bring clarity on stakeholder roles in policy making and systemic issues that I have been trying to understand for long.”
Mintu Moni Sarma, Programme in Charge, The Ant, Guwahati
“The sessions provide a positive and emotional environment to talk, discuss, suggest, present and debate issues. The openness of faculty to share their concerns and appreciation encourages us to reflect.”
Mohammad Hifz Ur, MM Medical College, Solan
“The course encourages engaging in peer discussions which helped me understand the concepts better”
Ponnambily Chandy, Chettinad College of Nursing, Kanchipuram
“The program builds confidence to implement heuristic analysis. I didn’t just learn ‘how’ to write caveats, ‘what’ and ‘why’ also became explicit.”
Rekha M Ravindran, Senior Research Officer, State Health Systems Resource Centre, Kerala
“Guidance from faculty, supplemented by reading materials & peer activities, allowed me to figure out HPSR complexities.”
Sabu, PhD Scholar, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum
“Helped me to navigate the complex nature of health policy formulation and health system functioning in an organised & systematic way”
Sapna Mishra, PhD Scholar, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum
“Fellowship’s expert lectures and peer- discussions allow to view and deconstruct concepts from multiple perspectives.”
Sunu C Thomas, Health Information Systems Researcher, HISP India, New Delhi
“A platform to engage with national & international HPSR experts, filled with rich conversations, learnings and novel thoughts.”
Tanu Anand, Scientist D, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi
“HPSR fellowship format is well organised that makes learning easy and enabling. Peer engagement facilitates in learning complexities of HPSR”
Tarundeep Singh, Associate Professor, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh
“Fellowship helped me lay a firm foundation to conduct health policy & systems research.”
Eligibility

An aspirant to this fellowship is

  • An Indian national
  • Post-graduate from a recognised Indian or International university
  • Employed/ affiliated with an organization working in public health or health systems domain in India
  • At least 3 years of research experience in any public health or health systems domain.
  • Basic knowledge of research methods in public health.
  • Passionate to conduct impactful research contributing to health systems and policy in India.
  • Motivated to develop a career in HPSR
Selection Process
  • 20 fellows are selected every year to undertake the fellowship.
  • Selection is through a competitive call. Call for application opens in November and closes on 1 December every year.
  • Applications are screened in a two-step selection process
  • Step 1 will exclude applications that do not fit the educational qualifications and research experience.
  • Step 2 will identify a shortlist of candidates ranked by a selection committee based on a rubric that includes:
    • Strength of the academic qualifications
    • Relevant work experience
    • Quality of the health systems/health policy problem identified
    • Strength of the motivation to join this course
  • The selection committee will consist of HPSR researchers involved in the curriculum drafting process, programme facilitators and mentors, and senior practitioners of HPSR.
  • Upon selection, the candidate is required to submit a letter of commitment for the entire 18-month duration authorised by the signatory of the organization where she/ he is employed/ affiliated
To Apply

Aspirants are required to fill an application form. This is available from November onwards every year. Before applying, check the eligibility & selection process. Applications to the fellowship programme will require you to upload the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A Letter of Motivation (300-words) or a Video (3-minutes) explaining why you want to be an India HPSR Fellow
  • A brief preliminary research question based on health system problem analysis
  • One Letter of Recommendation from your professional or academic reference.

The Letter of Recommendation must mention the following:

a) Connection with the person you are recommending
b) Assessment of the candidate’s suitability for the India HPSR Fellowship Program
c) Opinion on the ability of the candidate to complete the program

Applicants are required to ensure that the referee submits the letter of recommendation directly to the fellowship, the details of which are given in the application form.

*Applicants are encouraged to verify that all documents are submitted in a timely manner in order for the application to be considered complete by the application deadline.

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