Emerging Voices for Global Health 2018 (EV4GH 2018) at the 5th Global Health Symposium on Health Systems Research – London (Travel Grants Available)


Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training

program for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision

makers and other health system actors with an interest to become influential global health

voices and/or local change makers. EV4GH coaches “Emerging Voices” to participate

actively in international conferences where global health issues are addressed and to raise

their voice in scientific and policy debates.

EV4GH 2018 tracks for young researchers and other health system actors

The EV4GH programme is managed by an internationally representative governance

committee consisting of EV alumni elected by previous EV4GH participants and a few

invited members from academia (from EV partner institutes, mostly).

For EV 2018, we work closely with the Liverpool Symposium Local Organising Committee

and Health Systems Global and shall create opportunities for and support young health

researchers, decision makers and other health actors to stage their work at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. An Emerging Voices consortium has been established with a secretariat hosted at the Institute of Public Health Bangalore

(India) and several partner institutions including (in alphabetical order)

? Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium

? Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

? Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

? Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China

? The University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa

Travel grants:

A limited number of full and partial scholarships may be awarded to successful EVs. The

scholarships shall be prioritised for LMICs participants whereas participants from universities and research institutions from the North are expected to raise partial/full resources for their participation.

EV selection cannot guarantee a successful & timely visa process, unfortunately, so if

selected, we encourage participants to start visa application asap.

EV4GH training

For both tracks, the full EV4GH 2018 venture consists of:

1) E-coaching and distance learning in preparation of a face-to-face training (July-Sept 2018)

2) Face-to-face training: scientific presentation, networking and communication skills coaching using innovative formats, and content training & field visit to the National Health Service (Liverpool, end of September-5 October 2018)

3) Young researchers (& other changemakers’) pre-conference (6 October 2018)

4) Participation in the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (Liverpool, 8

-12 October 2018)

5) Wrap-up–focusing on Emerging ‘beyond Liverpool’ (Liverpool, 13 October 2018)

6) Membership of EV4GH network and other thematic working groups of Health Systems Global

Expected Outcomes EV4GH 2018

Expected outputs/outcomes for Emerging Voices participants (depending on the track):

• Poster presentation (track 1)

• Oral presentation during pre-conference (in an innovative format) (both tracks)

• Active participation in the Liverpool Symposium (both tracks)

• Blogs, publication, … (both tracks) * Improved knowledge of tools & strategies to become a more effective activist, knowledge broker, health journalist, … (track 2)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • There will be two tracks for which participants can apply to be an EV 2018. While one track is reserved for researchers involved in health policy and systems research, the other track seeks to attract health professionals, activists, decision or policy-makers and/or other health systems actors.
  • All applicants must have been born on or after 1 January 1978

Track 1: Researcher track

Applicants must submit an abstract for the Liverpool conference and have at least two of

the following:

– A Master’s degree in health or a health- related field

– Be enrolled in a doctoral-level programme in health or a health-related field

– At least two-year work or research experience in public health or development

– Experience and/or knowledge from working in LMICs

Track 2: Other health system actors’ track

Applicants must fulfil one of the following:

– Be involved in a decision-making, implementation or practitioner role within health services or systems

– Be a passionate voice for strengthening health systems within their local/national health systems in the role of activists, health journalists or patient advocates or otherwise involved in advancing health equity and social justice in their regions.

For both tracks,special consideration will be given to people who explicitly include the political dimension of health systems and services in their work, and challenge power in whatever form, based on good evidence.

Focus will be on applicants from the Global South especially LMICs, but candidates

from the global north can also apply (they need to have relevant field experience in the

global South, though, and work on health policy & systems research in the South).

The EV4GH programme is in English. Participants thus need a reasonable command of English

to participate.

How to apply

The full application process consists of 2 steps for Track 1:

1. Application via submission of an Abstract (Title of maximum 25 words + an abstract of maximum 400 words) through the Symposium website

2. Fill the google form and email to ev4gh@iphindia.org following attachments 1) the

(same) abstract you submitted to the symposium (+ translated abstract, if abstract in French or Spanish), 2) Short CV, 3) Motivation letter

For Track 2:

1. Fill the google form and email to ev4gh@iphindia.org following attachments

1) Short CV,
2) Motivation letter,

3) Essay, or

4) Video/ Link

All the above should be completed at the latest by 5th March 2018




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