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Unique Postdoc Opportunity In Global Health for Humanists/Social Scientists

The WHIL Innovations Fellowship in Global Health is a joint collaboration between the University of Virginia Center for Global Health and the University of Venda (South Africa) and aims to equip the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-disciplinary research and international collaboration in global health.  They are particularly interested in attracting promising researchers from the humanities and social sciences to contribute their unique perspectives to the mission of the CGH and its collaborative programs in global health.

The U.Va. Center for Global Health invites applications for two 1-year WHIL Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowships, the first beginning January 2013 and the second June 2013.

The Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to advance cross-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration in global health.  The program builds on a decade-old collaboration between faculty and students at the University of Virginia and the University of Venda in Limpopo, South Africa focusing on the closely-related issues of poor access to water and sanitation in rural Southern Africa and unacceptably high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with early childhood diarrhea.  These issues and their intersections are complex, cutting across traditional fields of medicine, natural, applied, and social sciences, and humanities.  Our goal is to attract scholars from diverse disciplines and train them for academic and applied research careers that will lead the next generation to a better understanding of and ultimately a reduction in global disparities of health and wellbeing.

The program is funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center and will support two (2) one-year Fellowships at U.Va. in 2013.  Untenured researchers of any nationality and from any discipline who received or will receive their PhD between December 2007 and December 2012 are invited to apply.  It is not necessary that applicants have a ready project but that they be able to demonstrate serious interest in engaging issues of water and health in South Africa and commitment to a cross-disciplinary and international approach to innovation in global health broadly conceived.  For 2013, we would particularly welcome applications from researchers in the fields of African studies or history, anthropology, demography, economics, nutrition science, psychology, and sociology.

Please visit their fellowship webpage and direct inquiries and applications to WHIL@virginia.edu. Deadline is October 31, 2012.

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