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CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme 2022 for African Researchers

CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme 2022 for African Researchers

When is Application Deadline?

  • Deadline for applications: Friday 19th August (Zimbabwe) / Friday 26th August 2022 (Zambia and Uganda)​
  • Shortlisting outcomes communicated: Monday 12th September 2022
  • Interviews: September 2022 (Zambia and Zimbabwe) / w/c 13th October (Uganda)
  • Final outcomes communicated: w/c 30th September 2022 (Zambia and Zimbabwe) and 30th December (Uganda)

Tell Me About Award:

The CREATE PhD Programme will provide 25 doctoral fellowships to UK professional body registered health professionals who will register for their PhD at one of the five UK Partner Institutions  and conduct their research at one of six African Partner Institutions

In addition, the CREATE PhD Programme will also recruit and support an equal number of fellows based in African partner countries (Uganda, The Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia) to undertake a PhD. The fellows from the African countries will have the choice to register their PhD in their home country or at one of the UK partner institutions.  It is generally expected that all fellows will spend approximately 2 years in the African partner country undertaking their research.

UK recruited fellows will be paired with the African PhD fellow in the same country where they will be based, to create a blended south-north cohort of fellows. All CREATE PhD Programme fellows, regardless of their source of recruitment, will be able to access a large supervisory pool, training and mentorship offered by the Programme.

What Type of Award is this?


Who can apply?

  • African national
  • Willing to be based in one of the Programme African Partner Institutions (linked to the PhD) for the duration of their PhD
  • Requisite training required to undertake the PhD Project (as specified for each project)

Which Countries are Eligible?

African countries

Where will Award be Taken?


How Many Positions will be Given?

Up to 5 fellowships will be awarded every year over 5 years, starting from 2022. Applicants will apply for defined projects spanning a range of disciplines including epidemiology, data science, statistics, social science and anthropology, laboratory science and health economics. Fellows will be part of a close-knit cohort, receiving bespoke research training and professional skills and mentorship to equip them to be future global health leaders.

What is the Benefit of Award?

The programme will provide a stipend, research costs, PhD registration and cover training costs.

You will receive a highly prestigious PhD Training Fellowship, which includes:

  • Dedicated support from the Project Management Group to support the application process and to provide oversight of your PhD. 
  • Outstanding global health supervisory expertise across a broad range of research themes and academic disciplines including laboratory science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, implementation science, social science and anthropology, development geography, health economics and health policy.
  • Access to African Partner Institutions spread across the continent in countries with different disease burdens and health systems and with exceptional research platforms providing rich research opportunities.
  • Access to relevant postgraduate training courses to promote scientifically rigorous research, and  a rich programme of training and cohort activities.
  • The Digital Global Health Academy, a modular research training programme, aimed at equipping fellows to be future global health leaders
  • A centralised mentorship scheme as an additional support to the supervisory team.
  • Peer-partnering of UK and African PhD fellows, sharing knowledge, ideas and training opportunities, building a mutually supportive community of fellows.

How Long is the Program?

The CREATE PhD Programme is a three-year (full-time or equivalent) PhD programme, which will train future global health research leaders who are not only technically excellent, but are equipped to work effectively across scientific and clinical disciplines in equitable partnerships with their peers in low-income countries.

How to Apply for Program?

The PhD programme is open to all candidates who want to undertake research focused on the major global health challenges in Africa. This fellowship programme will provide a 3-year research PhD training fellowship. Candidates apply through a localised admissions process at one of the African Partner Institutions (API), but if awarded a fellowship can be registered at either the API or another institution (e.g. a UK institution) dependent on the individual circumstances of the award.

PhD fellowships are intended to commence on 1st January/April 2023 (unless otherwise indicated) and will have a duration of up to 36 months. The funding will cover tuition fees, stipend, and project related costs such as travel and training. A full list of the PhD fellowship projects is shown in Table 1. The funding available for specific research projects will be determined by the individual APIs.

Candidates submit an application to their API of choice, for a particular pre-identified project, along with any other required documentation (please consult the local recruitment contact point and/or website for further information).

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