The Selection Process
  1. Research (see Health Systems Global)
  2. When: Every two years (or once every two years/biennial). Usually 9 to 12 months prior to the biennial conference HSR Symposium.
  3. This is advertised via
    1. Email to our email/virtual networks
    2. On the website
    3. Social media
    4. Health Systems Global website
  4. Applications are received and eligible applications (those which fulfil the basic criterion of edibility such as complete applications and age) are sent for a peer review process.
    Reviewers include staff members from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, partner organizations, some senior alumni Emerging Voices (often part of the Governance team, or senior researchers in the field).
  5. Funding: Funding or lack of it can often determine the number candidates selected each year.
The average Emerging Voice – Pfft! There is no such thing as a typical EV.
  1. Typically an individual with a strong profile – academic or in another capacity in the health systems research/global health sphere. This would include for example HSR PhD students, or activist researchers with a focus on ‘health equity.’
  2. Often EVs demonstrate additional skills – any interests, activities outside your professional or academic role – related or not to your field of study or work
  3. Typically the EV program focused on enhancing capacity for young researchers and professionals from low income countries, low and middle income or BRICs Countries. There are a few high income country EVs too – but these tend to have extensive experience in health systems in LMICs

Basic eligibility: We are looking for young researchers, health professionals, decision or policymakers and/or –brokers, or practitioners born on or after 1 January 1976 (for 2016 edition). The focus is on young health policy & health systems researchers). Applicants must 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 of working in LMICs
Applied and didn’t get in? Here are some tips for next time

The emerging voices program is a competitive call. Applications are reviewed on the basis of their eligibility; quality, content and relevance of their academic work; essays (refer above for the selection process). Don’t be disheartened and apply again!! Some tips:

  1. The Abstract: This is very important! Applicants with abstracts approved for the symposium (poster, and especially oral presentation) have a higher chance to become EVs.  So it’s worth to polish your abstract again & again (and ask for feedback from senior colleagues before submitting)
  2. The Essay: This gives you an opportunity to flaunt your style! A chance to make you stand out (from the crowd). Seize this chance. Apply the theme in a creative way, or apply it on your domestic setting.
    1. Don’t just write a generic essay). But show also your ability to think ‘beyond’ your country context.
    2. It needn’t be in perfect English, but the essay should make you stand out, and analytically sharp. Structure also helps
  3. Motivation Letter: This is like a statement of purpose/intention – it helps us to get to know you better. What you do, your plans, what makes you tick and what doesn’t.
  4. Overall: A successful application how that you’re very keen to take part in the programme, and that you would (still) benefit from it.   Clearly ‘Already emerged’ young researchers have a chance, but it’s lower than for researchers kicking at the doors of HSR.
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