The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) is launching Phase 3 of its Fellowship Programme to begin in May 2022. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Wellcome Trust, SSHAP is looking for future leaders in social science to be able apply their knowledge to humanitarian emergencies in a locally relevant way.
At its core, SSHAP’s vision is to encourage emergency responses which are effective, adaptive, contextually informed and based on social and interdisciplinary science and evidence. The Fellows play a vital role in realising SSHAP’s vision. Throughout the duration of the Fellowship, the programme will pair social scientists with practitioners in the same region to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange.
The Fellows will also have the benefit of working closely with leading thinkers and practitioners from within the SSHAP partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, Anthrologica, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The Fellowship will include:
1:1 mentoring with a SSHAP expert
Tailored professional training programme (including network mapping and communications skills)
Opportunities to learn from peers and share experiences
Forums to shape discourse and dialogue
Support in developing an operational briefing to be published and promoted via SSHAP channels
Each social scientist will be paired with a relevant practitioner to undertake the Fellowship together.
We welcome submissions from skilled and committed social scientists and practitioners in the field to take up this opportunity and contribute to the growing network.
To be eligible for the Fellowship you must:
Be a national of and currently living in a lower- or middle-income country.
Be either 1) a social scientist with research experience or 2) a public health or humanitarian response practitioner in a position to influence design and/or rollout of humanitarian activities.
Social scientist and practitioner :
Social scientist: you are a social scientist with a deep understanding of your countries’ social and political context. You are well networked; you are in touch and have collaborated with other social scientists in your geographical region. You have the capacity to map the social science capacity of your region, as you know who the key players are. With the skills developed in this Fellowship you will be able to make your social science research useful for humanitarian action.
Humanitarian practitioner: you are an experienced humanitarian practitioner (working for a local or international NGO, UN Agency, or other humanitarian agency) and you are responsible in planning humanitarian activities or carrying out surveys and other forms of research to influence activities. You are well networked: you are part of regional humanitarian networks, and you know who the key players in your geographical region are. With the skills developed in this Fellowship you will learn how to best use social science to redesign activities and research.