During 2013 we finalised the arrangements for the first IPCRG Fellowship Programme for a doctoral candidate as a way to enhance research capacity in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). This is multi-national collaboration between four universities and the IPCRG:
- Family Medicine Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
- Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
- Primary Care Research, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
- Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands
- International Primary Care Respiratory Group, London, UK
The first Fellow is Vinh Nguyen, now resident in Crete, Greece and under the tuition of Professor Christos Lionis and colleagues in Heraklion.
Selection criteria for the country/ies
E = essential P= preferred
1. The individual provides respiratory management in primary care and has the academic CV to be accepted for a PhD programme (E)
2. The candidate should come from a country with an academic department of primary care but with limited scope to support a primary care respiratory PhD. This does not rule out high income countries, but it does rule in low and middle income countries.
3. The individual demonstrates his/her interest by applying to us describing what research they have done already in primary care (E). We will favour candidates who have already published in a peer-reviewed journal, and in particular an international journal.
4. The individual can describe what they want to achieve in terms of improving their own research skills and can demonstrate their potential to deliver it (E)
5. The candidate should provide a written project and publication plan which should be set in the context of the IPCRG research needs statement and whose findings are likely to apply to a number of settings (E). The plan should be created in collaboration with a research team from their home university and supported by up to three external sponsors from other universities.
6. There is scope for funding from other sources (any of: self-funding, government, educational establishments, grant-makers, industry) (P)
7. There is a willingness and capability to use technology to support distance mentoring/teaching if needed (E)
8. There is a high probability that the research would be sustained after the fellowship (P)
Where possible, links to national and international plans should be made eg WHO policy on non-communicable diseases. (P)