With the enactment of the Philippine’s Universal Health Care Act, the clamor for a holistic understanding of health increased as public health practitioners and policy makers face the challenge of a shifting health system. The demand for a localized multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach in resolving healthcare issues takes prominence over a homogenizing theories and approaches. It is in this light that the University of Santo Tomas through the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education organizes the 2nd Writing Fellowship  for Social Health Research.

The primary objective of the fellowship is to convene mid-career scholars working on the intersections of health, society, and culture to develop writing skills for projects and proposals that would be able to place the health experiences of Filipinos. The three-day fellowship is designed to have hands-on training from leading scholars on topics such as migrant health, ageing, urban poor health, ethics, and traditional medicine. As a methods-oriented program, workshops on qualitative research, qualitative data processing, and grant writing are also incorporated in the program.

A key feature of this year’s fellowship is the collaborative engagement of three internationally recognized organizations: University of Santo Tomas, Nagoya City University, and Access Health International-Philippines. With each organization sponsoring and designing the lectures and workshops, fellows will receive FREE international training.

The writing workshop will be held as part of the UST Research Month from February 12-14, 2020 at the Seminar Workshop Room in the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, UST Manila. It is open to scholars from the NGOs or academic institutions. To ensure quality mentoring process, slots are limited to 25 fellows. The organizers have subsidized the tuition fee, meals, and kits for fellows of the program. Travel and accommodation are to be covered by the participants. Interested applicants must submit the following requirements: (1) latest curriculum vitae, (2) a 350-word abstract of research project, and (3) one letter of recommendation to shsfellowship@gmail.com.

Deadline for application is on January 20, 2020. Due to volume of applications, only accepted applicants will be notified by January 30, 2020.