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THRiVE PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Health for East African Scholars 2016/2017

Application Deadline: 27th of June 2016 | Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

To be taken at (country): Participating countries

Brief description: Applications are invited for PhD and post-doctoral fellowships run by THRiVE, a DELTAS Africa consortium of East African Universities (Makerere University, Gulu University and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College) and Research Institutes (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya (icipe), the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) at Mwanza in Tanzania, and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), together with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Cambridge, UK.

Eligible Field of Study: The focus of the programme is on rigorous, intensive health research training relevant to East Africa, and research projects will be carried out in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda. Research projects focusing on an aspect of infectious diseases/neglected tropical diseases (IDs/NTDs), maternal, neonatal and reproductive health (MN/RH) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be considered (including, but not limited to, basic and clinical science, epidemiology or social science).

About the Award: This scheme is aimed at supporting training and mentoring the most promising young scientists from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda selected in THRiVE-2 to become independent, internationally-recognised research leaders. Successful applicants will develop their potential to become excellent researchers within a structured mentored training environment.  Fellowships allow for sandwich attachments to LSHTM and University of Cambridge, UK.

Type: PhD and post-doctoral African fellowships

Eligibility:  Applicants for both PhD and post-doctoral fellowships must show a commitment to pursuing an academic or research career in East Africa after the training and engaging policy makers and the public in their research work.

Selection Criteria: Selection will involve a 3 step process that will be based on

  • Review of preliminary applications
  • Assessment of full applications submitted by shortlisted candidates
  • Face to face interviews

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship:  THRiVE support will include a stipend, university fees for PhD fellowships, research expenses, and travel costs.

Duration of Scholarship: 

  • The PhD fellowships will be up to four years, including a period of up to six months at either LSHTM or University of Cambridge. Applicants will be expected to hold a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Post-doctoral fellowships will be for two years, including up to six months at either LSHTM or University of Cambridge. Applicants will be expected to have been awarded or defended their PhD theses not more than 5 years prior to launching the application. Courses will be attended and projects should be designed to develop the applicant’s potential to compete, in future, for international research funding.

How to Apply: 

  • The application form is available on the THRiVE website.
  • Applications must be submitted through the consortium website: www.thrive.or.ug
  • Applications should consist of the completed preliminary application form with candidate’s work/institutional address, e-mail address and daytime telephone contact number; supporting letters from two professional referees, together with their telephone numbers, institutional addresses and e-mail addresses.

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Award Provider: THRiVE (East African Universities – Makerere University, Gulu University and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Research Institutes-International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya (icipe), the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) at Mwanza in Tanzania, and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), together with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Cambridge, UK. )