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ISQOLS Developing Country Fellowship

The International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) Developing Country Fellowship


The International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is intended to support one postdoctoral candidate conducting research in quality-of-life, happiness, and/or wellbeing studies.


ISQOLS will provide the Developing Country Fellow l with a full year membership, a paid conference registration fee, and full travel and accommodation to attend the annual conference. Additionally, this fellow will receive a mentor from ISQOLS. 

Fellowship Requirements:

The Developing Country Fellow is required to submit one paper to the ISQOLS Working Paper Series, a non-peer reviewed publication. The paper will be edited by the WPS series editor(s). The guidelines for the papers are to be determined by the Working Paper Series Committee.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will also be expected to present to ISQOLS community (either via webinar or at the annual conference), with an overview of the research conducted during the fellowship.


A young scholar from a developing country, conducting a research project on a topic related to the field of quality-of-life, happiness, and/or well-being studies.

Application Process: stay tuned for details for the 2025 Fellowship. 

ISQOLS 2024 Developing Country Fellow: Claire Biribawa 

Claire Biribawa is a dedicated Public Health specialist and currently doing a joint Ph.D. program in Public Health at Makerere University, Uganda, and Educational sciences at Ghent University, Belgium. She graduated with a Master of Public Health from Makerere University, and her academic journey has been supplemented by practical experience and specialized training. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning & Management and the US-CDC Adanced Field Epidemiology Training.

Claire's professional experience spans various roles in public health research and implementation. Notably, she served as a Public Health Specialist at the Center for Global Health (CGH) within the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), where she supported the Ministry of Health's disease surveillance portfolio. Claire has also previously held an appointment as a Senior Epidemiologist in the Uganda Ministry of Health and also served as the Continuity of Essential Services Specialist to ensure the successful implementation of multiple projects designed to ensure continuity of essential services in Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola outbreak and other disease outbreaks. Her contributions to global health security and research initiatives have made significant impacts in the field of public health.

Claire's journey into quality-of-life studies began in her role as a Research Associate at Makerere University School of Public Health where she has been part of teams that have spearheaded policy and advocacy initiatives and documenting evidence on substance use prevention. She was part of a research team that established the first surveillance system for Alcohol and Drug abuse in Kampala Uganda. Quality of life is a major intersection in her current research focus among Substance Use Disorder patients in sub Saharan Africa. Claire's multidisciplinary background, research expertise, and dedication to improving population health, is poised to make meaningful contributions and demonstrates her commitment to advancing quality-of-life studies contributing to the global discourse on health and well-being.

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