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Washington, D.C., May 17, 2018 (PAHO/WHO) - The Pan American Health Organization´s (PAHO/WHO) alliance with the Organization of American States (OAS) has awarded nearly 700 scholarships to students in 27 OAS Member States for specializations, masters and doctorates in health-related fields at universities in Brazil and Mexico.

The scholarships have benefited professionals from the Americas who pursued postgraduates' studies in health disciplines and other disciplines that also contribute to the improvement of social determinants of health. This collaboration between OAS and PAHO is geared towards strengthening national health and health research systems, and supports human resources for health in the Region.

PAHO provides monitoring, evaluation, and technical guidance on health matters in this collaboration, and offers technical resources that enable scholars to deliver quality research that addresses national priorities. This alliance involves a commitment of both institutions to place education as one of the determinants of health and to strengthen technical and research skills among human resources for health.

The scholarship programs are in collaboration with the OAS and its partners the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB) in Brazil, and the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) in Mexico.

Scholarships for graduate studies in Brazil

These scholarships for health studies, offered for masters and PhD degrees in Brazil, aim to train professionals and foster a connection between research for health and public health, in the Americas.

By December 2017, Brazil had offered scholarships in 38 doctorate programs and 70 master's degrees. The scholarships cover the costs of tuition, a monthly stipend and a one-time contribution for settlement expenses. To apply, the candidate must be a citizen or a permanent resident of any of the OAS Member States (excluding Brazil).

Scholarships for graduate studies in Mexico

The OAS-PAHO collaboration, in conjunction with CONACYT-AMEXCID, offers scholarships for health graduate studies (master's, doctorates and specializations) in Mexico. Representatives of these institutions meet twice a year to evaluate hundreds of applications and coordinate to publish the announcements with the results. By December 2017 the program had offered graduate studies in 91 different programs: 37 doctorate programs, 124 masters, and 15 specialization programs. The next call for applications is scheduled to be announced in June 2018 at www.paho.org/researchportal/partnerships/oas

The scholarship program supports PAHO's Strategy for Human Resources for Universal Health by engaging the current scholars in human resources related research, and seeks to advance the regional Policy on Research for Health for the Americas by promoting capacities for, and use of research, to address regional policies and priorities.

For more information about the scholarships, please clik here