COVID-19 Intervention Fellowship
The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health has an exciting new fellowship opportunity for JHU graduate students to design an original research project regarding COVID-19 health policy, contribute to a global database, and gain valuable data analysis skills.
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked unprecedented public health and social measures (PHSM) by national and local governments, including border restrictions, school closures, mandatory face mask use, and stay-at-home orders. Quantifying the effectiveness of these interventions in reducing disease transmission is key to rational policy making in response to the current and future pandemics. In order to estimate the effectiveness of these interventions, detailed descriptions of their timelines, scale and scope are needed. Health Intervention Tracking for COVID-19 (HIT-COVID) is a curated and standardized global database that catalogues the implementation and relaxation of COVID-19 related PHSM. HIT-COVID is led by JHSPH Faculty in collaboration with over 200 volunteer contributors across the world.
In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, HIT-COVID seeks to develop an interdisciplinary team of 4-5 graduate student research fellows to both contribute to the data collection efforts and to develop new ideas on how to use the data to inform public health policy. Students will be supported by the faculty team to develop academic manuscripts, policy briefs, or other relevant outputs.
Fellows will be expected to provide regular updates on their progress through group presentations with other students and the faculty team. We will invite fellows to participate in the online HIT-COVID community via Slack. Additional data entry, review, and auditing will be needed to answer most research questions using the database. Fellows will be encouraged to engage in these processes throughout their fellowship.
Fellowship Duration: October 2020 - May 2021
Selected fellows will receive an award of up to $4,000.
If interested, we invite you to explore the database, read our recent publication in Nature, and submit 1) a short statement of interest and 2) a 1-page description of your proposed research ideas. Applicants should identify a mentor who will assist with data analysis and interpretation. The research concept description should include the following:
- Specific research question (answerable by data collected in the database)
- Justification/policy relevance
- Proposed analytical approach
- Name and department of research mentor
Submit applications to this Dropbox by 11:59 PM EST on October 21, 2020. Please submit a single document that combines the statement, research proposal and CV or resume. Please label your document using the format: LastName_FirstName_JHUSchool. For example: Smith_Jane_JHSPH.
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Anna Kalbarczyk (email@example.com).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I submit an individual or group application?
A: All submissions should be individual. The team will be formed based on the selected individual applicantions.
Q: If I have multiple research questions should I describe them all briefly or select one to describe in-depth?
A: Applicants are welcome to outline multiple questions but should at a minimum give detail on how they would explore a single question.
Q: Does my mentor need to be a member of the current HIT-COVID team (i.e. one of the authors of the Nature paper)?
A: No, your mentor can be any faculty at Hopkins who has expertise, interest, and time to support your research question.
Q: Are internationally based and non-US citizens eligible for this fellowship?
Q: Are part-time students eligible for this award?