DELTAS PhD Fellowships in Biostatistics for the 2024 Academic Year

DELTAS consortium is currently inviting applications for full-time and fully-funded PhD fellowships in Biostatistics at the SACCAB II participating training institutions.

This PhD degree program focuses on quantitative research in health-related fields and concentrates on seven biostatistics thematic areas as outlined below.

The Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) is a consortium of six African and two northern partner institutions, and nine collaborating institutions with the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as the Lead Institution. SSACAB II has received funding through the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training, and Science in Africa (DELTAS Africa) program. DELTAS Africa is an initiative of the Science for Africa Foundation (SFA) with funding support of Wellcome and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The funding aims to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers in order to create biostatistical research nodes of excellence and a network to nurture researchers with advanced skills and expertise

Benefits

The scheme will provide full scholarships for 18 PhD Fellows in the 2024 academic year. The scholarship package includes:

  • Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance
  • Monthly stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses
  • Reasonable support for the PhD research project and supervision
  • Travel costs to and from the academic training institution and the host research institution

Eligibility

DELTAS PhD Fellowships in Biostatistics seek applicants who meet the following qualifications:

  • MSc scholarships are open to candidates with a strong background in Statistics, Mathematics, Demography, and other quantitative fields.
  • Former DELTAS Africa SSACAB I fellows who have recently been awarded or have completed an MSc in Biostatistics degree are also encouraged to apply.
  • The scholarship is open to nationals of low and middle-income countries in the Sub-Saharan African Region who are resident in the region as per World Bank definition.
  • The scholarship is open also to nationals of low and middle-income countries in the Sub-Saharan African region who are resident in the region as per World Bank definition.
  • Applicants should normally be under 40 years of age and must meet the admission requirements for the PhD degree at each respective university before applying for the fellowship.
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Application Process

Potential PhD scholarship applicants should identify a supervisor from the institution or academic training institution they are interested in. The PhD application should provide the academic training institution with the following:

  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae, including relevant research and work experience
  • Letter of motivation explaining the desire to pursue a PhD in biostatistics
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates 4 v Concept note, not exceeding 5 pages, outlining the proposed area of research
  • Sample of written academic work, of which the applicant is the primary author (e.g., Master’s research report or journal article)
  • Letter from the proposed research institution supervisor indicating a willingness to supervise
  • Evidence of acceptance or application to study Biostatistics at a partner or collaborating institution
  • Two confidential referee reports to be sent directly to the training institution

To apply for the DELTAS PhD Fellowships in Biostatistics for the 2024 Academic Year, click here.

Deadline: August 31, 2023.

For more information on the DELTAS PhD Fellowships in Biostatistics for the 2024 Academic Year, visit the official site.

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