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The Eldryd Parry Fellowship

To honour the memory of Professor Sir Eldryd Parry, founder of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the Eldryd Parry Fellowship aims to build the capacity of an individual health worker in Ethiopia to support them in progressing their career and ultimately contributing towards the strengthening of their national health system.

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The fellowship overview

At the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), we are dedicated to honouring the memory of our esteemed founder, Professor Sir Eldryd Parry. To achieve this, we have established the Eldryd Parry Fellowship, a programme to empower individual health workers in Ethiopia. The Fellowship aims to support their career advancement and foster their contribution towards bolstering the national health system.

Professor Sir Eldryd Parry held a deep connection with Ethiopia, having worked at Haile Selassie I University in Addis Ababa from 1966 to 1969. Remarkably, he continued to teach medicine in local schools and rural health centres in Ethiopia well into his 80s.

In collaboration with Eldryd’s family, THET will manage this fellowship programme, which will provide the successful applicant with a £5,000 grant to execute a project over a period of nine months.

As we embark on this journey, we embrace Professor Sir Eldryd Parry’s philosophy: “Where do you want to go, how can we help you get there, where are the gaps, how can we help you fill them?” This powerful statement encapsulates the spirit of the Eldryd Parry Fellowship, aiming to nurture the potential of Ethiopian health workers.

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If there’s mutual trust and a willingness on both sides to learn from each other, a readiness to adapt and a readiness to try new things then good work will happen.

Application requirements and eligibility criteria

Size and Duration

The Eldryd Parry Fellowship provides a grant of £5,000 to the selected Fellow. The duration of the fellowship spans nine months, commencing in November 2023 and concluding in July 2024. Fellows will present their planned activities at the THET Conference on October 31st and November 1st 2023, as part of the fellowship journey. Additionally, they will be invited back to the conference in October 2024 to present the outcomes of their completed work.

Core Eligibility Requirements

The Eldryd Parry Fellowship is open to early- to mid-career health workers from public or not-for-profit Ethiopian health institutions. Applicants must be part of a UK-Ethiopia health partnership. To support their application, they will need a letter of support from their host institution, demonstrating their institution’s backing for the proposed project.

How to apply

Please download both the Application Form and the Call for Applications and read them through carefully. To apply, fill out the Application Form Word document and submit this, along with the Fellowship Candidate’s CV, and letters of support from both institutions, to grants@thet.org by 5 pm (BST) on Friday, 15th September 2023.

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