Introduction and basic information

Welcome message, aims of the programme, and summary of reporting requirements

Welcome

Welcome to the Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Academy. My name is Jon Derricott and Chimwemwe Ngoma and I manage the THR Scholarship Programme. Our roles are to liaise with scholars, to provide relevant information, support and guidance about the programme, as well as working with you around issues specific to your project. We will be in touch with you on at least a monthly basis, and often much more frequently, as required.

This is the fourth year of the Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme. The previous years have been very successful, and we look forward to building on those successes with this year’s cohort. This year we have 21 scholars, making a total of 78 scholars who have engaged in the programme to date.

Normally of course, we would all meet each other in Warsaw, but as current circumstances do not allow that to happen, we have designed this online learning platform, which we hope will mean that you will not lose out in terms of the availability of information, knowledge, contacts and support. This is the second version of the online academy, and we greatly value your feedback. We will need to know from you, what works and what doesn’t, what you find valuable and what you have found less useful.

The Scholarship Programme is organised and managed by Knowledge Action Change (K.A.C) and supported by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW).

The Scholarship Academy has been designed as a platform where you can learn, cooperate and share. It is intended to be straightforward and easy to use. There are two main areas: one is for learning, and the other for discussion and sharing. The Academy will be available from 1stJune 2021 onwards, with the first two learning paths being open immediately and a third path 'Diving Deeper into THR' being made available in August 2021.

Aims of the scholarship programme

The ultimate aims of the scholarship programme are to:

Contracts

The final project outline that we agree with you in your contract will be designed with the above aims in mind.

Once individual contracts have been agreed, each of you will receive a stipend of $10,000 dollars to carry out your project. This will be paid in the following way: 40% after signing; 30% after satisfactory submission of an interim report by 30th November 2020; and the last 30% after submission of your final project alongside the final report by 30th April 2022.

Enhanced Scholarships

K•A•C also run an enhanced scholarship programme. There are 6 enhanced scholarship places. This scheme is open to all scholars who have already completed a scholarship programme (but can only be undertaken once). Enhanced scholars receive a stipend of $25,000, enabling them to both build on their previous work, and to further develop their capacity and capability for working in the field of Tobacco Harm Reduction. Applications for the Enhanced Scholarship Programme will be invited in early December 2020.

Reporting 

All Scholars must provide an interim report on progress at the 6-month point (ie by 30th November 2021) and a final report at the 11-month point (i.e. by 30th April 2022). 

Any publications, research findings or other materials and or results generated via the Scholarship should also be included with the final report. 

Some Scholars may be invited to GFN22 to share their learning, findings and experience.

Interim report format

Interim reporting will be by template format. The template for this is contained within your contract.

Final report format

We would like you to provide a final narrative report of your project. Report writing is an important part of developing your communication skills. Some of the final reports will be posted on the website as guidance for future scholars and for wider dissemination.

The report should be engaging, written in an accessible style, and should accurately and succinctly describe the experience of planning and delivering your project, and the outcomes.

We suggest that it should be between 2000 and 6000 words long.

Scholars are undertaking a wide variety of projects. The style and structure of the report will vary according to the type of project and the methods used but we suggest that it should include:

Where appropriate include photographs and video outputs (which in the case of video should include a web link). Video outputs should include acknowledgement of the THRSP support.

Published: 2021
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