The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity for individuals who are passionate about reducing the harms of smoking and promoting safer nicotine products. The program is run by Knowledge Action Change (KAC), a UK-based organization that aims to improve public health and human rights through evidence-based policies and practice.
The program offers two types of scholarships: basic and enhanced. The basic scholarship is for new applicants who have not participated in the program before, while the enhanced scholarship is for alumni who have completed the basic scholarship in any previous year. The program prioritizes applications from low- and middle-income countries, but also welcomes applicants from high-income countries who can demonstrate a strong case for their project.
To be eligible for the basic scholarship, applicants must:
- Have a project proposal that is relevant to THR and aligned with the program’s objectives.
- Have a clear plan for implementing and disseminating their project outcomes.
- Have a good command of English, both written and spoken.
- Be available to attend the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) in Warsaw, Poland, between 15th and 17th June 2023 (subject to travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- Be willing to complete an online course on the theory and practice of THR, as well as other learning activities.
- Be willing to work with a mentor assigned by the program and report on their progress regularly.
To be eligible for the enhanced scholarship, applicants must:
- Have successfully completed all elements of the basic scholarship program in any preceding year.
- Have a project proposal that builds on their previous work or explores a new aspect of THR.
- Have a clear plan for personal development as part of their project.
- Meet all the other requirements for the basic scholarship.
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The basic scholarship provides:
- A stipend of $12,000 to undertake the project.
- Assistance in honing the proposal post-submission.
- Travel to and from Warsaw to attend the GFN (subject to travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- Accommodation for the whole period of GFN, including additional days for scholars.
- Per diems for the duration of GFN.
- Enrollment onto the mentoring scheme, with a named expert mentor.
- Ongoing support from the Scholarship Program Manager.
- Assistance with problem-solving, both practical and academic.
- The opportunity to return to Warsaw in 2025 to share the findings, either as a poster display, as a speaker, or as an enhanced scholar.
The enhanced scholarship provides:
- A stipend of up to $25,000 to undertake the project and for personal development.
- All the benefits of the basic scholarship.
- Additional help and guidance on appropriate avenues for personal development.
All scholars must:
- Complete an online application form and submit their project proposal by November 30th, 2022.
- Complete an online induction course and other learning activities before attending GFN.
- Provide a six-month progress report and a project summary at 11 months.
- Share their project outcomes at GFN or similar event in 2025 (subject to invitation).
Applicants must submit:
- A completed online application form that includes personal details, education background, work experience, motivation statement, and references.
- A project proposal that outlines the aims, objectives, methods, expected outcomes, timeline, budget, and dissemination plan of their project. The proposal should be no more than five pages long and follow the template provided by the program.
- A curriculum vitae (CV) that summarizes their qualifications, skills, achievements, and publications. The CV should be no more than two pages long and follow the format provided by the program.
Applicants must follow these steps to apply:
- Visit the official website of the program and read all the information carefully.
- Download [the application form] and [the proposal template] from the website.
- Fill in [the application form] and [the proposal template] using Microsoft Word or a compatible software. Save them as PDF files with your name as part of the file name (e.g., John_Smith_Application.pdf).
- Upload [the application form], [the proposal template], and your CV as PDF files to [the online submission system] by November 30th, 2022. You will receive a confirmation email after your submission.
- Wait for the notification of the results by February 28th, 2023. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for an online interview in March 2023. If you are selected, you will receive an offer letter and a contract by April 30th, 2023.
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The deadline for submitting the application is November 30th, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
How to Apply
To apply for the KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Program 2024/25, please follow [this link] and complete the online submission process.
Scholarship Official website: KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Program 2024/25