Deadline: November 14, 2022

The Vital Strategies Healthy Food Policy Fellowship is an initiative to combat an important barrier to addressing global obesity—a dearth of research expertise to guide national policies.

The fellowship, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, supports outstanding Ph.D. candidates who are residents of Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, or South Africa and are committed to pursuing a field of study and research that will enable them to contribute to healthier food environments through public policy.

Overall, the goal of the Healthy Food Policy Fellowship is to strengthen the focus countries’ health systems by developing research expertise, creating a pool of people who are qualified to design, conduct, analyze, present, and promote research to bridge existing research gaps and guide national policies for healthier food environments in Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, and South Africa.


  • The fellowship will cover tuition, living expenses (only rent, local public transport, and utilities), health insurance (in most cases it should be the plan recommended by the school, and is limited only to the fellow, and not dependents), travel and one-time costs such as a laptop, software, and books.


  • Open to candidates that reside in one of the focus countries: Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa. (“Reside” includes people who are non-citizens of a country and who have long-term residency in that country).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving public policy for a healthier food environment in their country of residence.
  • In the process of applying, or already accepted, to a Ph.D. for the upcoming semester in a field that will allow them to contribute to healthier food environments through public policy – health economics, nutrition epidemiology, marketing, health behavior, etc. from a university that meets the desired combination of theoretical coursework and practical, field-based research.
  • Have a background in healthy food policy or experience in one of the aforementioned academic areas of interest.
  • Have no conflict of interest, including no affiliation with sugary drinks, ultra-processed foods, or the tobacco industry.


  • Step 1: Check if you meet the selection criteria
  • Step 2: Download the application form at the apply here link
  • Step 3: Request two referees to submit letters of recommendation in English to with the subject “Recommendation Leter_Applicant name_Country of residence”. The letters must be submitted directly by the referees before the application deadline. The referees should be very familiar with the candidate’s work and professional experience, and/or might be the candidate’s current or potential mentor.
  • Step 4: Submit the completed and signed application form along with your curriculum vitae in English to by no later than midnight (New York time) on November 14, 2022. Your curriculum vitae must mention your academic background, research/work experience, publications, and academic presentations.


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