African Dissertation Workshop on Population & Health, May '96

African Dissertation Workshop on Population & Health, May '96

Thousands of doctoral students with African interests are currently studying in universities across the United States and Canada. A significant number of them -- working on a variety of African development related subjects for their dissertations -- need to attune their skills to the social, economic and political realities in Africa under hard deadlines. The Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins University International Health Program -- with the sponsorship of the Rockefeller Foundation -- are jointly organizing a training workshop to address the challenges of dissertation writing on Africa. The workshop will be held in May 1996. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 30, 1996.


To help doctoral students design conceptually cogent and methodologically rigorous research projects that relate to Africa.

Distance Education Workshop Format:

The training workshop will employ videos and the internet (world wide web, e-mail, usenet, listservs, etc) Therefore, access to video machines and the internet, are required for participation in this workshop. The training workshop will be conducted entirely by "distance learning" and has the following characteristics.

Enhancement of research skills: the workshop will help the participants achieve the following:

Exposure to Current African Research: fellows will interact among themselves and with a distinguished faculty to explore a variety of topics -- including -- population dynamics in both urban and rural areas, health systems delivery and management, population-environment linkages, socioeconomic determinants of household behavior in Africa.

Use of Internet: direct connection to the internet and ablity to run graphically-enhanced web browser, e-mail and other services will be used in addition to a series of instructional video tapes and a number of teleconferences.

Eligibility: Doctoral students with at least a year in a relevant social science Ph.D. program in the United States or Canada.

Funding: a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation will cover the expenses incurred by selected students for participating in the program.

Application Procedure: prospective participants should submit a brief description of their area of research interest, a copy of a current unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation from a faculty who knows their work. All application material should be sent -- by April 30, 1996 -- to:

Antonio McDaniel (a.k.a. Tukufu Zuberi), Chairman
Population Studies Center/ADDW
3718 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa-19104

W. Henry Mosley
Department of Population Dynamics
School of Hygiene and Public Health
John Hopkins University
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore MD 21205-2179

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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