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APHRC MSc Fellowship in Epidemiology & Biostatistics 2022

APHRC in collaboration with the Amref International University (AMIU) and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) in Kenya invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a postgraduate fellowship in a Master’s Degree Programme in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Application Deadline: 29th October 2021 at 1700 hrs East African Time (EAT).

About APHRC MSc Fellowship in Epidemiology & Biostatistics: Successful candidates will be part of a networked cohort of highly skilled applied epidemiologists (Epi fellows) who are able to work with National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) and National Ministry of Health (MoH) Departments to improve their levels of preparedness, field surveillance, and response to disease outbreaks within the Eastern Africa region. The fellowship is supported through the Capacity Development of Applied Epidemiology (CDAE) project in Eastern Africa Region and is funded by the European and Developing Countries and Clinical TrialsPartnership (EDCTP) program of the European Union.

Type: Research


  • Holder of a first degree with a background in health sciences, (nursing, medicine, public health, laboratory science, biostatistics, environmental health)
  • Early to mid-career health worker based in any of the Eastern Africa Region countries of Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and working in a field relevant to epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and/or public health informatics.
  • Affiliation to a National Public Health Institute or Ministry of Health institution that is willing to support the applicant to carry out research work in the area of epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Must meet admission requirements for the Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics program at JOOUST or the Master of Public Health in Applied Epidemiology program at AMIU (students admitted into either of the two programs in 2021 are also encouraged to apply for the Epi-fellowship).
  • Be prepared to accept the Epi-fellowship on January 14, 2022.

Selection criteria will ensure regional, institutional and balance parity.

Selection Criteria

  • Willingness to dedicate uninterrupted time during the course of the program. Students who are not in full-time employment will be given priority
  • The fellowship will support original qualitative or quantitative or mixed methods research that addresses a clear research question, employs appropriate and rigorous design, has an urban focus, and has unambiguous national or regional policy and/or programmatic implication(s)
  • Candidates must demonstrate interest in pursuing a research career and dissertations must be sufficiently linked to future research interests
  • At least one of the fellowships will support research to identify innovative approaches for social or technological innovations in the field of sanitation or hygiene
  • Those interested in gender issues, especially the role of women in sanitation and hygiene decision-making and management are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Candidates should be able to show the link to policy and identify critical policy-implementation gaps

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

To be Taken at (Country): Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value & Duration of APHRC MSc Fellowship in Epidemiology & Biostatistics: The fellowship will cover monthly stipend, academic-related travel, conference and networking activity support, as well as research and community and policy engagement (CPE) activities. This fellowship will also include mentorship and practical capacity-building activities aimed at harnessing a robust suite of field epidemiology and disease surveillance skills, data standards and analytical methodologies, and scientific writing for policy uptake. It will strengthen the capacity of health personnel in epidemiology and biostatistics to efficiently monitor, analyze and interpret disease outbreak data, and to inform policy and decision making within countries in the broader Eastern Africa region that are prone to epidemic outbreaks.

How to Apply for APHRC MSc Fellowship in Epidemiology & Biostatistics:

Fill the online application form HERE and upload the following:

  • Cover Letter (not more than 500 words) detailing the motivation for applying for the course and how the program fits with your
    overall career goals as well the contribution this training will make in preparing you to respond to pandemics in East Africa and
  • Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts (from university and high school)
  • A 1,000 word proposed research project concept
  • Include two support letters from i) a principal investigator or head of the work institution showing commitment of the candidate to remain working in the sub-Saharan region for a minimum of two years after the fellowship, ii) NPHI/MoH and other public health-related institution that is willing to support the Epi fellow’s research work in the area of epidemiology and biostatistics. The two support letters should indicate the email address and mobile telephone number
  • Commitment to complete the course within 2 years
  • Copy of passport (personal details page) or National Identification (ID) card,
  • Electronic clear coloured passport size photograph (2cmx2cm, jpg, png, tiff)
  • Updated CV

Visit APHRC MSc Fellowship in Epidemiology & Biostatistics Webpage for Details

1 Comment
  1. Kizito L. Nkwabi says

    I would like to request for the PHD opportnity and information especially pertaining to environment, waste management or smart cities

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