The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) was established as collaboration between St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI), Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University, with a focus on nutrition research and training. The goals of the BBNC were to conduct an interdisciplinary course, develop web-based courses and identify promising Indian students and junior faculty for graduate training in Boston.
From 2010, an annual two-week short course in nutrition research methods was conducted on the SJRI campus taught by international faculty from Indian and US universities. More than 100 students applied yearly for approximately 30 positions. The course had didactic lectures in the morning and practical hands-on sessions in the afternoon. Student rating of the course was excellent and consistent across the years. The ratings on the design and conduct of the course significantly improved (p <0.001) from 2010 to 2012. Through open-ended questions, students reported the main strengths of the course to be the excellent faculty and practical “hands-on” sessions. A web based learning system TYRO, was developed, which can be used for distance learning. Four faculty members/graduate students from SJRI have visited Boston for collaborative research efforts.
The BBNC has become a well-established capacity building and research training program for young professionals in nutrition and global health. Efforts are ongoing to secure long term funding to sustain and expand this collaboration to deliver high quality nutrition and global health education enabled by information and communication technologies.
Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship opportunities for U.S. citizens in India for the 2017-18 academic year
Over the past few years, USIEF has expanded its grant categories for scholars and professionals and added some new grant benefits:
- USIEF has introduced Postdoctoral Fellowships for candidates who have earned a doctorate degree in the last five years.
- Grants for teaching, teaching/research, and research have been combined under Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award category which is open to faculty and professionals in all disciplines.
- “Flex grants” allow faculty the opportunity to conduct research in India during shorter in-country stays, over the course of two years.
- Distinguished Chair awards, designed for eminent scholars with substantial teaching experience, offer the opportunity to travel to prominent institutions in India to deliver guest lectures and participate in conferences and workshops.
- USIEF provides a dependent education allowance up to $10,000.
For more information on grant options and benefits for scholars and professionals, visit the CIES website. The application deadline is June 15, 2016.
For details regarding benefits and application procedures for student grants, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program page.
Recently, many U.S. institutions have developed strategic plans to guide their engagement in India. Each year dozens of U.S. university delegations visit India on fact-finding missions to determine the most effective way to engage with their counterparts here. A Fulbright-Nehru grant is an excellent way to seed potential long-term partnerships with Indian institutions. In fact, each year there are grantees whose research collaborations and other joint efforts lead to active engagement at an institutional level.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has launched an online education platform
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), as a member institution of the SDSN, has developed a course on ‘Global Public Health’. This, as well as courses on climate change, planetary boundaries, human rights, agriculture, sustainable cities and others, will be taught by experts from around the world. They will be available for free on this platform www.sdsnedu.org. The School’s Professor Richard Cash will be a contributor on the global public health course.
Biomedical Research Fellowship Programme for India
The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance is a four-year old funding initiative for biomedical researchers who aim to pursue their work in India. Their mandate is to help build biomedical research capacity in India, and in keeping with this mandate, applications are strongly encouraged from clinician-scientists and public health researchers. India Alliance announces its two major initiatives to promote the clinical and public health research program.
• New competition for Clinicians and Public Health Researchers
• Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians
For more information, see the India Alliance’s website.
The department currently offers two postdoctoral training opportunities: David E. Bell Fellowships and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars Program.
Harvard Global Health Institute Funding Opportunities
HGHI provides links to many internships, fellowships, research and travel grants, and more at this site. Eligibility includes those with Harvard as well as non-Harvard affiliation.
To give just one example: the Alliance for Health Reform is seeking interns focusing on health policy research and media relations. Interns at the Alliance serve as front-line troops for media outreach and educational efforts.
South Asia Institute Grant Program
The India Health Partnership collaborates with the South Asia Institute (SAI) and publicizes SAI funding opportunities such as Summer Graduate and Undergraduate Internship and Research Grants. For the Undergraduate Internship grant, priority is given to internships with SAI partners, but you may also apply for a grant with an organization you have found on your own. The Summer Grant Applications deadlines are February 13 for Graduate Grants, and February 14 for Undergraduate Grants.
Information on Winter Session Grants can be found here. Aparna Kamath, Global Health and Population at the School was a 2014 recipient. Her project: Study of the players, provisions and programs shaping access to cancer care and treatment in India. Other 2014 Student Grant recipients can be found here.
Student Exchange Opportunities at the BBNC
The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) was established as collaboration between St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Tufts University, with a focus on nutrition research and training. The goals of the BBNC are to conduct an interdisciplinary course, develop web-based courses and identify promising Indian students and junior faculty for graduate training in Boston. SJRI students can attend the T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the School’s students can apply to study at SJRI.
Grants and Funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)