AfOx Kennedy Trust Prize Studentship for 2022/2023 Academic Session

Africa Oxford Initiative calls for applications for the AfOx Kennedy Trust Prize Studentship for 2022/20223 Academic Session.

The Kennedy Institute is a world-leading research institute that carries out basic and translational research into immune function and inflammatory disease include immune-mediated inflammatory disease (including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease), mechano-inflammatory disease (including osteoarthritis and tendinopathy), cancer, biophysics, infection, microbiome, metabolism, aging, computational biology, heart disease, and tissue healing.

They have developed a fully funded AfOx Kennedy Trust Prize Studentship to build links between African Universities and Institutes and the Kennedy Institute.  Afox is a cross-university platform based at the University of Oxford with the aim of facilitating equitable and sustainable collaborations between researchers at the University of Oxford and African Universities.

They are known for:

  • Outstanding supervision from academics with world-class reputations, and an excellent management and mentoring programme, together multi-disciplinary research and strategic links with industry and Institutes and Universities in Africa
  • Exceptional research facilities in a new state-of-the-art medical research institute, with close links to the Jenner Institute, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Wellcome Trust funded Structural Genomics Consortium
  • First-rate track-record for thesis submission with additional measures of training success including publications and successful grant applications
  • Career support and training in core and transferrable skills, to ensure eventual establishment of graduates as independent investigators in national and international research laboratories


  • Stipend funding for 4 years (>£22,000 per annum), all tuition/fees (UK/ROI & Overseas tuition), including funding for laboratory expenses, training and conference travel
  • Additional travel fund for return flight to Africa yearly
  • Close links and supervisory relationships with institutions in Africa
  • Mentoring program run by AfOx
  • Social activities run by AfOx so you interact with the African student community in Oxford
  • Close partnership with colleges linked to the AfOx program
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Applicants should hold or be achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications:

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours
  • applicant do not need to have a previous master’s degree.
  • If the following conditions are not met, an applicant with significant professional experience in a similar subject may be considered in rare circumstances.
  • any research or employment experience in any sector could be beneficial.
  • It is assumed that applicants be conversant with their recommended supervisors’ recent published work.

Application Process

Applications for the AfOx Kennedy Trust Prize Studentship should include:

  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement maximum of 500 words, plus an optional extended
  • Three References/letters of recommendation of which at least two must be academic
  • An official transcript

To apply, click here.

Deadline: December 3, 2021.

For more information, visit the official site.

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