#EV2018 (FAQs)

What is the Emerging voices for global health?

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.

What is the EV4GH training?

The full EV4GH 2018 venture consists of:

  • E-coaching and distance learning in preparation of a face-to-face training (July –
    Sept 2018)
  • 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)
  • Young researchers (& other changemakers’) pre-conference (6 October 2018)
  • Participation in the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
    (Liverpool, 8-12 October 2018)
  • Wrap-up – focusing on Emerging ‘beyond Liverpool’ (Liverpool, 13 October 2018)
  • Membership of EV4GH network and other thematic working groups of Health
    Systems Global
Who can apply?

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

Can I apply for both the tracks?

No! You need to choose only one track that best suits your profile

Who is eligible for track – 1?

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
Who is eligible for track – 2?

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.
What should my application focus on?

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.

I am from a high-income country, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! EV4GH is open to all. 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).

I have just enrolled for a PhD, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! Please refer to question 6 and if you fulfil at least 2 of the points mentioned there you are eligible to apply

What is covered in the scholarship?

In case of a full scholarship the travel, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the course is covered and participation in the Health systems global symposia from the 8 – 12 October will be covered.

In case of partial scholarships, some of the above aspects will be covered on case to case basis.

#EV2016 (FAQs)

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 ev4gh.net 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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