Thursday, 2 July 2020

Taking a break from the blog

As you may noticed, I have taken a break from posting on this blog.  Academic teaching and research duties have taken over my life.

I will likely return.  Hopefully as COVID-19 pandemic becomes normalized.

You can follow me on twitter @sridhartweet.

And if you are interested in my academic research, you can find more info on my activities and research outputs here:  King's College London biography page

If you are an academic teaching courses on bioethics, public health ethics, social justice, global justice or COVID-19, I hope that you take the time to read the book.  Based on the experience of HIV/AIDS epidemic, it argues for how we should be focusing on the capabilities of people to be health, and the injustice of preventable health inequalities due to social / structural  inequities.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

J-PAL's Annual Recruitment Drive is Now Open! November 16th - January 10th 2017


J-PAL's Annual Recruitment Drive is Now Open!
November 16th - January 10th
Do you love learning, are a strategic thinker, and are you ready to join a team of supportive, engaging, and fun colleagues?

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and partner organizations seek motivated and skilled professionals for positions hiring now and through the summer of 2017.

J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at MIT. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL is propelled by a first-rate team dedicated to research, policy, training, and other vital work, supporting J-PAL's mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.

Research staff manage survey teams, perform data analysis, and support the research activities that test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty. The bulk of positions we're hiring for are research opportunities.

  • Field Research Associates
  • Data Research Associates
  • Research Managers, Fellows and Post-docs
Training staff run Executive Education classes, custom courses, online courses, and build capacity for monitoring and evaluation; we train implementers and policymakers on how to become better producers and users of evidence from impact evaluations. 

  • Training Associates
  • Training Managers
Policy staff take the highest quality of academic research and translate it into action on the ground by working with policymakers around the world.

  • Policy Associates
  • Policy Managers
Finance and Administration staff are the backbone of an organization, providing finance, IT, human resources and general administrative support and guidance to the organization.

  • Finance, HR, and Administrative Associates & Managers

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a center at the MIT Department of Economics, with regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by conducting rigorous impact evaluations, building capacity, and informing policy.

Questions? Contact

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

MSF Lives on the Edge Report Launch at Royal Society of Medicine London 1 Sept. 2016


I am writing to invite you to a panel discussion hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières on Thursday 1stSeptember at 6pm for a prompt 6.30 pm start. The event will take place at The Royal Society of Medicine and it will officially launch our R&D Report: ‘Lives on the Edge’.
We are delighted to confirm the following speakers:
Chair for the evening:
Dr Deborah Cohen, Investigative Journalist and Associate editor at the BMJ.
Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust.
Michelle Childs, Head of Policy Advocacy, DNDi.
Katy Athersuch, MSF’s Medical Innovation & Access Policy Adviser.
Please see the attached document for detailed biographies.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Top 10 Prestigious Scholarships for the Best International Students

Amazing resource: Scholarships for Development.

Top 10 Prestigious Scholarships for the Best International Students

If you are a bright, talented, or motivated international student, the best scholarships are for your taking. lists the ten most prestigious international scholarship programs out there for the brightest international students from around the world.  If you are from a developing country, also see top 10 scholarships for developing country students.

Government-funded International Scholarships »

Fulbright Scholarships (USA)
The Fulbright Scholarship Program is the flagship international exchange scholarship program between the U.S. Government and 155 countries. Each year, approximately 1,800 Fulbright scholarships are awarded to excellent foreign students who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD Degree in the United States.  The Fulbright Scholarship Program provides full funding for the duration of the study which includes tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.
See also Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program which provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world.
Chevening Scholarships (UK)
The Chevening Scholarships is the flagship global scholarship program of the British Government. Every year, it provides scholarships to around 1000 outstanding students from over 130 countries who wish to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.  Chevening Scholarships are full scholarships which cover tuition fees, monthly stipend and various one-off allowances as well as international travel to and from UK.
Endeavour Postgraduate Awards (Australia)
The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide full financial support for international students from Americas, Europe, The Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters (up to 2 years) or PhD level (up to 4 years) either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia. The scholarships includes tuition fees, travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend, health insurance, and travel insurance.
Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme aims to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs at participating French Universities.  Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance; it does not cover tuition fees. In addition, the scholarship covers various other expenses including return trip, health insurance and cultural activities.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)
The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research at one of the public funded university or recognized institution in Switzerland. The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, special lodging allowance, etc.

University-funded International Scholarships »

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious international scholarships which are open to all international students from all over the world.  The scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  The scholarship covers the university fees, maintenance allowances, airfare, etc. About 100 new Gates Scholars are awarded annually.
Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK)
The Clarendon Scholarship Fund is a prestigious graduate scholarship scheme offering around 140 new scholarships every year to eligible graduate applicants (including international students) at the University of Oxford. Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential across all degree-bearing subjects at graduate level at the University of Oxford.  The scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses.
See also Rhodes Scholarships which are postgraduate awards that support exceptional international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford.
Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University (China)
Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century.  The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University.  The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, an in-country study tour, required course books and supplies, lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a modest personal stipend.

Institute-funded International Scholarships »

Trudeau Scholarships (Canada)
The Trudeau Scholarship is the most prestigious of its type in Canada. Its annual value is up to $60,000 per Scholar for a maximum of three years. In addition to generous financial support, it also includes a separate annual travel allowance to support research-related travel and cover other networking, professional development and dissemination expenses. It also offers the Scholar the opportunity to benefit from a special relationship with an experienced Trudeau Mentor.
Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants (Various Countries)
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Behavioural Econ / Nudge PhD Scholarships UCL

BIT launch PhD Scholarships Programme with UCL


Michael Sanders

We are pleased to announce the launch of the BIT PhD Scholarships Programme, a collaboration between the Behavioural Insights Team and the School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL).

These three-year scholarships will run from autumn 2016.  The scholarships can be on any area of behavioural science and public policy, but strong links between the work of BIT and the research interests of staff at the School of Public Policy or other parts of UCL are preferred.

While completing their PhD, scholarship students will work part-time at BIT, embedded within one of the relevant policy teams. Students will receive a research allowance as well as a stipend, with fees covered by BIT. Students will be supervised by
 Professor Peter John at UCL and Dr Michael Sanders from BIT, as well as any other relevant academics.

UCL has considerable academic expertise in behavioural science, with members of the School of Public Policy, Economics Department, Centre for Behavioural Change, Energy Institute, and the UCL Transport Institute all conducting research in the area.

We are very excited to announce this programme, which we hope will help to continue BIT’s strong relationship with academia. It will help us to continue our work in both creating new behavioural insights as well as translating these insights into initiatives with policy impact.

Prospective students should submit their CV, as well as a two-page research proposal, to, by midnight on the 2nd of May 2016. Research proposals should make clear the specific policy problem(s) to which their research will be applied.

For more information, please contact Informal enquiries can also directed to Peter John (

Successful applicants will be expected to complete an application process to UCL and to satisfy UCL’s entry requirements

Job Description:

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and University College London (UCL) are seeking to appoint two PhD students in Behavioural Science and Policy.

Successful applicants will work on their PhD at UCL, supervised by Professor Peter John, as well as working at BIT.

They will receive:

  • stipend of £15,000 from UCL (tax free)

  • part time salary from BIT of £12,500

  • research grant of £2,500 per annum during the PhD

  • tuition fees of £4,770 per annum covered by BIT

Applicants should have a good Undergraduate degree and Masters degree in a related discipline, for example Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Political Science. Knowledge of statistics or econometrics, particularly the use of Stata, is desirable but not essential.

How to apply: Please submit a CV, a statement of interest in working for BIT and a research proposal (each to be no longer than two pages) before midnight on Monday 2nd of May.

Date of posting: 24th March 2016

Interviews will take place w/c Monday 9th May 2016

Please note:

  • If you do not already hold the right to work in the UK and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working here, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you unless there is no other suitably qualified settled worker available to fill the role or your current immigration status means that the resident labour market test will not apply in your case.

  • Due to the volume of applications received we are unable to provide feedback unless you are called for interview. Please ensure that you meet the requirements for the role.

The Behavioural Insight Team is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Humanitarian Research Ethics Job - King's College London

Research Associate

Reference: THW/16/059639/000344 
Salary Details: £32,600 to £38,896 per annum 
Allowances: £2,323 London Allowance 
Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term 
Contract Term: Full time 
We invite applications for a post of Research Associate to participate in the Wellcome Trust funded project “Towards a Humanitarian Research Ethics”. The project aims to contribute to developing a robust humanitarian health research ethics, by 1) systematically reviewing the existing literature on the ethics of conducting clinical and public health research in humanitarian emergencies; 2) identifying and interviewing key stakeholders about the unsolved ethical challenges in conducting such research; and 3) developing a larger empirical bioethics project on humanitarian health research ethics.

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the further development, design and implementation of the programme of research on this project, under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr Annette Rid. The post holder will undertake interdisciplinary bioethics research utilising concepts and methods from bioethics, philosophy, the social sciences, and policy research. He or she will contribute to disseminating the project results, by 1) communicating to multi- and interdisciplinary audiences at seminars, workshops, conferences and public outreach events and 2) publishing peer-reviewed academic papers in high-impact bioethics, social science or other journals.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,600 to £38,896, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract for 12 months.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 April 2016.

Interviews will be held 12 April 2016.

Equality of opportunity is College policy.

To apply for this post, you will need to register with the HireWire system first to download and submit the application form. Please note, should you wish to submit a CV and/or a short statement, you will need to copy & paste these at the end of the application form as the system will only allow one document to be uploaded.
Closing date: 01 April 2016 
Job Pack (Word Document 344k) 
If you have questions about this role, please contact: Dr Annette rid, Email:,

Application form:

Note: Only one document can be uploaded. If you wish to submit any additional information please include it within the application form.