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The Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), University of Oxford has created a “virtual visitors” scheme to allow early career researchers from low and middle income countries (LMIC) to virtually attend via the internet seminars, events and short courses. In addition, the virtual visitor will be assigned mentors from HERC to discuss their research and explore future projects. The virtual visitor will generally be attached to HERC for a period of six months. During this time the visitor can attend relevant HERC short courses, including the Applied Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, at no cost.

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The scheme is entirely virtual and does not involve travelling to the UK, or any funding.

We plan to rotate the visitors from different geographic regions starting with Africa.

To be eligible for this round of the scheme, virtual visitors will need to:

  • be a health economist based at a University or Public Research Institute in a LMIC in Africa as defined by the World Bank;
  • be undertaking a PhD or Post Doc in health economics (and be within five years of PhD completion at the time of application);
  • have access to an internet connection that is fast enough to enable you to participate in HERC activities;
  • be available to attend the next Applied Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (which will be held online from 28 March -1 April 2022);

The application will involve sending a: CV (no more than 3 pages); an example of health economics research such as an academic paper or thesis chapter; and a letter (max 500 words) outlining how becoming a HERC virtual visitor will assist your health economic research or teaching. Preference will be given to visitors whose research interests align with research areas of HERC (see HERC website for overview). In order to be able to make the most of visit it is recommended that those applying are proficient in English e.g. to a IETS (7.0) and TOEFL (100) level.

Please send the above information to herc.visitorapplications@ndph.ox.ac.uk by Friday 4 March at 4 pm GMT. Note that as virtual places are very limited, we may use a modified lottery to allocate visitor places.

We plan to offer virtual visitor places for health economists working in LMIC countries in other regions of the world in future. If you are interested in receiving information, please sign up for the HERC newsletter for announcement of future rounds.