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Apply for our Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Research Visiting Fellow programme

We're recruiting for early career researchers looking to improve their knowledge and skills. You'll work alongside our Tobacco Control Research Group.

Our Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) are recruiting for a visiting fellowship of one year (starting Autumn 2020) for individuals wanting to conduct research into the strategies used by the tobacco industry to influence public health policies.

The Stop Tobacco Organisations & Products (STOP) partnership is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, aimed at developing a tobacco industry watchdog to deliver policy change. It is a partnership between the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Thailand, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, and Vital Strategies, New York.

The aim of this fellowship is to host an early career researcher from a low or middle-income country (LMIC) to improve knowledge and skills and develop into a future leader in tobacco industry monitoring and research. Applications are welcome from citizens of any LMIC (as defined by the World Bank income groups) and we particularly encourage applications from people based in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


The objectives of the Visiting Fellow programme.

  • To gain knowledge about the strategies used by the tobacco industry to influence public health policies
  • To gain knowledge of how the tobacco industry seeks to affect the implementation of tobacco control
  • To gain knowledge of how the tobacco industry influences use of tobacco and nicotine products
  • To improve knowledge and skills on tobacco industry monitoring research, including data gathering, storage and evidence synthesis
  • To contribute to outputs aimed at academic, advocacy, and public audiences
  • To establish links with senior colleagues, peers and experts in the field of tobacco control, with the intention of networking in future activities

There may also be the opportunity to:

  • gain knowledge about the role of civil society and non-governmental organisations in global tobacco control
  • improve skills in coordinating/managing multi-centre research projects on tobacco control
  • improve skills in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on tobacco control

Terms of appointment

The terms of appointment for the research fellow scheme.

The Visiting Fellow will be granted up to 12 months (depending on the work plan) and provided with a basic stipend for the year to cover rent and living expenses, up to $23,250 (USD), plus the cost of a return flight and visa.

They will also be:

  • embedded in the TCRG at the University of Bath
  • expected to fulfil objectives of the STOP partnership
  • expected to participate in the annual Tobacco Industry Monitoring, Research and Accountability (TIMRA) training programme offered by the TCRG
  • Provided with peer-to-peer training to write web-based articles and other promotional materials for
  • given the opportunity to study the literature published and archived by the TCRG and STOP partners
  • expected to undertake, and potentially publish, research with the TCRG

It is assumed that you will continue to be paid a salary by your university during the secondment to Bath.

After the secondment we would anticipate that your relationship with the team would continue, that you would be a member of the STOP tobacco industry monitoring network, acting as a focal point within your country, and potentially region, and that you would continue to contribute to the TobaccoTactics pages, as relevant.

Apply for the Visiting Fellow programme

Apply now The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on 8 March 2020. If shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in a formal interview (date to be arranged).

Contact us

Contact us if you have a query about the Visiting Fellow programme.